Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS will embark on a U.S. tour at the end of April. The band will be supporting its eighth studio album, "Madness", which is due out on April 28. The effort was recorded at West Valley Studios in Woodland Hills, California with producer Howard Benson, who has previously worked with such acts as MOTÖRHEAD, PAPA ROACH, THREE DAYS GRACE, FLYLEAF, P.O.D. and HALESTORM.
Apr. 29 - Jacksonville, FL - Welcome To Rockville
Apr. 30 - Ft. Myers, FL - Fort Rock
May 03 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club
May 06 - Concord, NC - Carolina Rebellion
May 07 - Silver Spring, MD - Fillmore (with KORN)
May 08 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
May 09 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
May 11 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave (with THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, FOZZY, KYNG, SONS OF TEXAS)
May 12 - Ringle, WI - Q & Z Expo Center (with THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA)
May 14 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater (with KORN)
May 16 - Hidalgo, TX - Pharr Events Center (with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH)
May 17 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater (with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH)
May 19 - Baton Rouge, LA - The Varsity Theatre
May 20 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
May 21 - Knoxville, TN - The Concourse At The International
May 23 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
May 24 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
May 25 - Patchogue, NY - The Emporium
Vocalist Phil Labonte told Revolver magazine about ALL THAT REMAINS's approach on the new disc: "We wanted to mix it up a little bit and write from a vocal perspective this time. So I went to L.A. and came up with vocal ideas and melodies and then sent those chord progressions back to Oli and he wrote riffs in response to that. [Doing it this way] turned the record into a vocal album as opposed to a guitar album. And that affected some things. Like, there might be less intricacy in the riffs because they were written in response to my voice."
Labonte added that the majority of the new ALL THAT REMAINS songs feature "significant programming and electronic sounds. And that's something we wanted to have flowing through the entire record. So you're gonna hear that kind of influence on most of the tracks."
Asked by Ryan Daniels of of Rock 105.5, Carolina's Pure Rock radio station, about the "sellout" accusations that have been leveled at ALL THAT REMAINS for the more radio-friendly sound of "Madness", Labonte said: "If you're doing something — making music — and specifically catering to an audience that you have catered to or that has found something to attach to, is it a sellout to try and change and do something different? Or is it a sellout to be, like, 'Okay, this is the safe play where I know I can make my money?' It's, like, I know I that I can cater to this narrow group of people, and if we don't stray, these people will keep buying our records, these people will keep coming to our shows. Is it a sellout to be, like, 'I'm gonna try something different?'"
He continued: "People have been saying 'sellout' about us since 2006, since we put out 'The Fall Of Ideals'. We started doing clean choruses, and people were, like, 'Oh, sellout!' And it's, like, gimme a fucking break. We've always tried to push [the envelope] and change."
Labonte also stressed that fans of the more aggressive ALL THAT REMAINS material have plenty to look forward to on the follow-up to 2015's "The Order Of Things". "People forget that every single record ALL THAT REMAINS puts out has heavy stuff on it," he explained. "It's, like, people focus on the stuff that's not as heavy, but every record. I mean, on 'The Order Of Things', there was 'No Knock', there was 'Criticism And Self-Realization', there was 'Pernicious'. These are heavy songs. And it's almost like because you've done something that's outside of the lines, 'cause you colored outside the lines, we're not gonna even pay attention to all the stuff you colored inside the lines. This record, there's five songs on the record that are exactly what you would expect from ALL THAT REMAINS. There's some songs where we kind of were, like, 'All right, let's push this and maybe change what ALL THAT REMAINS can do, or what ALL THAT REMAINS is allowed to do.' But it ain't like we're not heavy anymore. And if you're just, like, 'Oh, they're not heavy anymore,' then you're just not listening."