Despite the tragic passing of guitarist Oli Herbert recently, All That Remains are soldiering on with Jason Richardson joining the band. While Herbert has surely left a huge void in both the band and the hearts of fans who were treated to his distinct style of guitar playing for many years, the band has now reached a major milestone – namely, that 2008 single “Two Weeks” has reached Gold status. This is no small thing, as rock and metal bands hardly reach numbers like this anymore. The track, which signaled a new era in the All That Remains camp, comes off their hugely successful album Overcome.
Co-founding guitarist of All That Remains, Oli Herbert, has passed away at the age of 44. The guitarist, whose signature sound helped propel the metalcore band to great heights on 2006’s The Fall Of Ideals and its follow-up, Overcome, was a large part of the rise of metalcore in popularity in the mid-2000’s. Alongside Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Overcast, and many more bands, Oli Herbert helped All That Remains stand out with some versatile and talented guitar playing. Certainly, he’ll be missed greatly.
It’s no secret that All That Remains are one of the more divisive bands around today. Forming as basically a melodic death metal/metalcore band with their first couple records, the band hit mainstream consciousness with 2006’s landmark The Fall Of Ideals. They then pursued more of a mainstream sound when the single “Two Weeks” was released a couple years after, and given the success of their last 3-4 records, the change in style has clearly worked for them – though certainly not without its detractors.
Regardless, All That Remains have been in the game for 15+ years now. Vocalist Phil Labonte has seen bands he played with growing up fall by the wayside, but somehow ATR keeps going strong. Is it the fanbase they’ve cultivated? Is it a more accessible sound? It might just be both.
We spoke to Phil a few weeks ago after their set at Fort Rock about the band’s new album Madness, how they’ve managed to stay relevant and thrive in today’s musical climate, and Phil in particular honing his craft back in the formative days of the metalcore revolution. Stay tuned for the interview below, and peep a sweet acoustic cover of Garth Brooks, too. Seriously, it works.