"Madness" and "Safe House", two brand new songs from Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS, can be streamed below. The tracks will appear on the band's forthcoming eighth studio album, which is due out at the end of April. 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.
ALL THAT REMAINS singer Phil Labonte told SiriusXM's Jose Mangin that "Madness" was inspired by the way individuals and societies fall into harmful patterns.
"People tend to kind of get into kind of ruts in their lives or into patterns, and they keep doing the same thing over and over, even though it doesn't produce the results they're hoping for," he said. "You can see a lot of societal cycles where nations just keep doing the same kind of stuff over, and it doesn't always have great results. But still, it seems like a good idea. So, that's kind of the idea is like human beings, whether you're talking about individuals or large groups, they get into these kinds of cycles of repetitive things that can be really destructive, and so that's kind of what I'm thinking, that's what 'madness' is."
"Safe House", on the other hand, was inspired by the hit Showtime show "Dexter", with Labonte explaining: "The idea behind it was like, you know, what if like Dexter wasn't a forensic guy for the police but was a dude that just kind of set his house up so that it invited home invasion, and he used that as his excuse for smoking people? Kind of like it leads the character into the house and into a place where [Dexter] can get away with killing people."
Labonte previously told Revolver magazine about ALL THAT REMAINS's approach on the follow-up to 2015's "The Order Of Things": "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 [Herbert, guitarist] 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."
ALL THAT REMAINS in 2015 parted ways with bassist Jeanne Sagan and replaced her with Aaron Patrick, who was previously in BURY YOUR DEAD and DEVILDRIVER.
"The Order Of Things" marked the first time that Labonte collaborated on his lyrics, in that case with producer Josh Wilbur.