Philip/Mike - All That Remains
Since up until recently, I was totally unaware of this band, and their New England affiliations; it was, in deed, an honor to heed this calling for an interview, and to become the catalyst with all that remains of the truly gifted artists whom are determined to succeed; thus never posing or becoming weak-willed. This presence of never feeling empty inside serves to underscore the prevailing spirit for their collective conscientious musicianship, and surprisingly inspirational talent. Their new CD "The Fall Of Ideals" may be a bit terse, but it is filled with amazing vocal histrionics and guitar harmonies. Before the show began, I met the entire band on the bus to discuss their new album, which at this time I had not heard.
MettleAngel: What does the name All That Remains, in fact, symbolize for the band?
MettleAngel: Mike, have you ever heard Saul's
Hudson (aka Slash) flamenco or jazz?
MettleAngel: Oh yeah, it's worth checking out; it's different for Slash. Snake Pit is straight up rock'n roll, but the flamenco guitar style which he plays is unlike Guns 'N Roses, entirely. I remember working in a music store and people were coming in looking for these Saul Hudson CDs in the New Age section; not even aware that it was Slash from Guns "N Roses. It's like at Christmas time when they would come looking for Trans-Siberian Orchestra - not aware of the Savatage connection.
MettleAngel: Yes, and Kurdt Vanderhoof of Metal Church is now their sound engineer...
MettleAngel: As you are from Massachusettes what other bands have you played in?
MettleAngel: Oli, you are an excellent guitar player and I ensure that you will be sucessful with All That Remains.
MettleAngel: A sense of humor is a vital ingredient to metal. There is a certain degree of risibility which naturally follows the genre and essentially always has. I just saw Sampson's "Biceps of Steel" with Bruce Dickinson, talk about your Spinal Tap!
MettleAngel: You don't sound metal-core to me, but I've been listening to metal for over 25 years, so I consider Shadows Fall to be thrash like old Metallica and Anthrax.
MettleAngel: So how has the response been for the Ozzfest tour?
MettleAngel: Well, I was unfamiliar with your band until recently as I'm inundated with so many bands lately. I am definitely looking forward to hearing you play live. Given all your unique influences, so thank you for this interview.