Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS are putting the finishing touches on the songwriting process for the follow-up to last year's "Madness" album. Singer Phil Labonte told the Rock 94.7 radio station at last weekend's Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (see video below): "We have another record that we are just about finished writing. We are working. We'll have it out sometime either end of this year [or] beginning of next year. I don't have a solid date yet, so I can't tell you exactly when, but it's coming very soon. We've got a bunch of stuff already written; we've got some stuff recorded already as well. So keep an eye out; it's coming."
"Madness" was released in April 2017 via Razor & Tie in the U.S. and Eleven Seven Music in Europe. The disc 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.mand HALESTORM.
At the time of the album's release, Labonte dismissed "sellout" accusations due to the more radio-friendly sound of the first single and title track, "Madness". He told Ryan Daniels of of Rock 105.5, Carolina's Pure Rock radio station: "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."