Our friend and free speech/liberty warrior Phil Labonte and All That Remains have premiered two tracks from their highly anticipated eighth studio album which is due out at the end of April. The first track, aptly titled “Madness”, is a song that details the insanity of doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. This is a cycle that people fall into in their everyday lives, but it can also happen collectively on a much larger scale.
Here’s what Phil had to say about “Madness” during his interview with Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin.
“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 explained of “Madness.” “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.”
“Madness” is a heavy-hitting hard rock song with a metal edge. Check it out here.
The second of the two tracks is titled “Safe House”. This song may have been inspired by the T.V show Dexter, but don’t let that fool you. “Safe House” is a sinister peak into the realm of deception and complete helplessness.
Phil gave the following statement about “Safe House.”
“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?” he explained, “Kind of like it leads the character into the house and into a place where [Dexter] can get away with killing people.”
“Safe House” is metal to the bone. It’s a blistering track that closes with a classic breakdown that will definitely have you banging your head. Check it out here.
During an interview with Revolver Magazine last year, Phil had this to say about All That Remains’ upcoming studio album: “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, 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.”
Let us know what you think about “Madness” and “Safe House” in the comments section.