Phil Labonte On New All That Remains Guitarist Jason Richardson: “We Wanted Someone Who Wasn’t Going To Try To Be Oli”

As previously reported, Jason Richardson (ex-Born Of Osiris/Chelsea Grin) has officially joined All That Remains as a replacement for late guitarist Oli Herbert. Frontman Phil Labonte has since commented on Richardson’s addition in the below Instagram post:

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So there was a little confusion about Jason Richardson due to the natural delay time between when an interview takes place and it’s publication. So just to make sure it’s clear, Jason is a full member of All That Remains and we couldn’t be happier. When Oli passed away, once the shock and denial had subsided, I was scared. Like, “who can do what Oli did? How do you fill his shoes? What is going to happen to All That Remains?” And then we saw Jason put up a video tribute to Oli where he played the solo to Chiron. Of course he nailed it. We had toured with him when he was in Born Of Osiris and Oli said more than one time “Jason is the best guitarists I’ve ever seen.” Now, when Oli Herbert says something like that you sit up n pay fucking attention. So when he said he would fill in it gave us a second to take a breath and mourn our friend and band mate. When Jason came out n we hung out for a bit the guys n I were like “this dude fits right in.” He’s funny as hell, gets all our inside jokes, and is a monster on guitar. So naturally the conversation started about what he’s got going on. I said this to Jason and I’ll say it here. All That Remains is 100% supportive of Jason’s solo career. He has a solo record he is doing right now and we are committed to helping in any way we can to make sure it is completed and you guys can hear it as soon as he is ready to release it. That being said, we are also super excited that he has joined us and we can’t wait to write an All That Remains record with him. I’m sure it will be a little different without Oli, but we’re All That Remains, so you guys are used to “something different” from us. No one can ever replace Oli Herbert. He was my friend and bandmate for just shy of two decades. We didn’t want to replace him, we want you to remember Oli and what he did for All That Remains and the Metal community as a whole. Because of that we wanted someone who wasn’t going to try to be Oli. We felt It would be a disservice to his legacy. Jason is his own man, with his own style, and he is every bit the kind of guy we were looking for to play lead guitar after Oli passed. We are extremely happy to welcome him into All That Remains.

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