All That Remains’ Phil Labonte: “There’s An Attempt For An Authoritarian Takeover Of The United States”

During an appearance on “The Chad Prather Show,” All That Remains’ Phil Labonte, who identifies himself as a libertarian, made some delusional comments about the current state of the U.S. The frontman apparently believes that Democrats are attempting “an authoritarian takeover of the United States government,” even though Republicans are the ones who are really attacking our democracy.

Labonte said the following:

“There’s an attempt for an authoritarian takeover of the United States government in a way that is unprecedented in American history. And the worst part is the people that do want to fight it, they have to deal with — essentially, it’s just the most slanderous attacks. If you say ‘I’m for this’, someone will always say, ‘Oh, you just want to do this hurtful thing to this person or these people,’ or whatever.”

The singer went on to talk about liberals referring to conservatives in a derogatory manner:

“Get used to the name calling, because it’s not about whether or not it’s true; it’s about if they can convince other people that you’re this bad thing. And that’s what they did with [former U.S. president] Donald Trump. Now, Donald Trump gave them a whole lot material to work with, but someone like [Florida governor] Ron DeSantis, who, I’m not super familiar with his history, but I assume a JAG officer doesn’t have those kind of skeletons in his closet. I assume there’s no Stormy Daniels looking to hit up Ron DeSantis.

And it goes back as far as I can think. I remember, and I don’t wanna sound like I’m criticizing this man because I’m a huge fan of him, but I remember in the ’90s, Kirk Hammett, the guitar player from METALLICA, on the DVD or video [documentary] that they put out, ‘A Year And A Half In The Life Of Metallica’, he called [right-wing firebrand] Pat Buchanan a Nazi. And back then I didn’t think anything of it. But then now, to think back, it’s, like, this narrative of conservatives being Nazis or being the most detestable thing that you can comp with, it’s not new; it’s been going on forever and ever and ever, and I think that it’s a bad thing.”

Labonte also added the following about the January 6 attack on the Capitol, which he believes was not an insurrection even though the rioters were trying to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election:

“The idea that it was an insurrection is probably one of the most ridiculous ideas that I’ve ever been presented with. On January 6th, I was watching it on the Internet, and I was just, like, ‘Man…’ There have been bombs that have gone off in the Capitol; that’s actually happened in the ’80s. So the idea that this was some kind of dramatic thing… The politicians did exactly what they intended to do in the same room on the same day. It was not an insurrection. That’s not how insurrections end up.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Phil Labonte (All That Remains) And Nik Nocturnal (Termina) Are Working On “An Early 2000s Metalcore” Project

Nik Nocturnal (Termina) is working on a new metalcore project with Phil Labonte (All That Remains). He tweeted the following about that:

Phil Labonte Says All That Remains “Can’t Do Anything” That Has Late Guitarist Oli Herbert’s Name On It

During an interview with American Songwriter, All That Remains singer Phil Labonte revealed that the band “can’t do anything” with late guitarist Oli Herbert’s name on it due to the financial dispute between them and his widow Elizabeth Herbert. This includes benefits that the group wanted to do in his honor.

Labonte said the following:

“We talked about ideas to do a benefit to raise money for kids in schools, but we can’t do anything that has his name on it.”

He also went on to say that the band have always paid everything owed to Herbert’s estate:

“We’ve made sure that that our accountants and all the people that work with us know any money that is owed to Oli Herbert’s estate must be paid to Oli Herbert’s estate. And we have absolutely no interest in not paying. It’s not worth any kind of hassle for the amount of money.”

He also added the following about wanting to start a school music program in honor of Herbert:

“Oli absolutely loved music. And I would love to see kids that don’t feel comfortable, the kids that are kind of awkward, or a little weird—I would love to see them look at Oli and be like, ‘I could be a rock star too.’ Because Oli, he was kind of a weird dude too.”

As previously reported, Oli passed away in October 2018 and police were investigating his death as suspicious. His body was found in a pond near his home in Stafford Springs, CT and he had unprescribed antidepressants and sleeping aids in his system. Elizabeth later revealed that his death was the result of drowning by issuing an odd sounding statement.

One week before Oli’s death, the guitarist also signed a will making Elizabeth the sole executor and benefactor. It also said that his sister Cynthia Herbert was not allowed to become executor or receive anything from his estate and that Elizabeth would get all “property as well as any current or future earnings.”

Labonte previously expressed frustration with the lack of an arrest in Oli’s death, while seemingly referencing Elizabeth, who he previously called a “garbage human being.” Fans and friends have long thought Oli’s death was suspicious and were previously sharing evidence on a Justice For Oli Herbert Facebook page.

All That Remains Frontman Phil Labonte Calls For “Article V Convention To Either Bring The Federal Government Back In Line With Its Constitutional Limits Or Abolish The United States Entirely”

All That Remains’ Phil Labonte has shared a letter he wrote to New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu in response to the banning of Donald Trump from social media following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The frontman says that he believes the “looming threat of censorship is far bigger than one president’s Twitter account” and that lawmakers should support “an Article V Convention to either bring the Federal Government back in line with its Constitutional limits or abolish the United States entirely.”

Labonte said the following:

“January 9, 2021 at 13:03

Governor Sununu,

I am writing to express my support for an Article V Convention as outlined in the United States Constitution. There are multiple social media platforms and service providers that are, as I type this, in the process of purging libertarian and conservative voices, including President Donald J Trump While I am under no illusion about the right of a private company to have sole discretion over who is and is not allowed to use their services. I believe this action is part of a broader attempt to silence views that less than a decade ago would be considered entirely anodyne. The silencing of any voices, even those that would express truly abhorrent opinions, is a far greater threat to our country than those opinions themselves.

I am not a supporter of President Trump. I did not vote for him, but this looming threat of censorship is far bigger than one president’s Twitter account. I believe, and fear, that the violence that occurred in Washington D.C. on January 6th is only a taste of what is likely to come in our country. The suppression of opinions deemed unacceptable and the efforts to censor are indicative of, what seem me to be, irreconcilable differences – and I worry that it could further add fuel to the fire.

There is no reason we must be ruled by a central government so far removed from the needs and concerns of so many different people and cultures spread so for across this country. The political opponents of those who are being silenced have expressed a strong desire to ensure that they will be able to force through their own political agenda that entirely disregards the opinions of small government liberty minded people like myself. I believe it’s better that we have a convention and dissolve the union entirely a peaceful and constitutional manner than to be forced to live under what by any standard can be called tyranny.

I have lived in NH for a decade now. I moved here from Massachusetts due to what I felt are overbearing and unreasonable laws. Should the Federal Government act on the promises of the incoming administration there will be no place to move to that will offer sanctuary.

I voted for you Governor, please support an Article V Convention to either bring the Federal Government back in line with its Constitutional limits or abolish the United States entirely.

Sincerely, Philip S. Labonte. Hnsdale, NH”

[via Metal Injection]

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All That Remains Planning To Release New Album In 2021

All That Remains’ Phil Labonte has confirmed that the band are working on new material. He recently told FM99 WNOR that the group are “looking to have a record out, if not first quarter of next year, then early part second quarter.”

Labonte said the following about album release plans:

“We’re looking to have a record out, if not first quarter of next year, then early part second quarter, so springtime.”

He also discussed how the tragic death of Oli Herbert may influence the new music:

“Our guitar player, Oli Herbert, passed away a couple of years back, so this will be the first record that we write without him. He was a big part of the writing process for so long, it’s gonna definitely have some different elements, and it’s gonna sound different. Mike [Martin] and I, we’ve always been a big part of the writing as well, so it’s not gonna be completely different, but there’s gonna be some noticeable changes, I’m sure. It’s just gonna be weird. We haven’t written a record without him.”

Labonte also discussed what it has been like working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic:

“There is definitely something to be said for being in the same place. ‘Cause you’ll come up with an idea and you’ll be trying something and trying to articulate what you’re thinking or trying to get someone else to understand it, and that’ll make someone else’s brain start working and they’ll come up with ideas.

When we’re writing stuff, there’s a ‘no no’ rule — you’re not allowed to say ‘no.’ You can say, ‘I’m not into that, but we’ll try it.’ [You] always have to try it. And the reason you have to try every idea is because even if the idea that’s trying to be related to someone else isn’t good, a third person may be, like, ‘Ooh, ooh, ooh. That made me think of this.’ So we miss out on that [by working remotely]. So I think there’s always gonna be value being in the same room. But [working remotely] does allow us to come up with ideas on our own and send them to other people and be, like, ‘Hey, this is what I’m thinking,’ and do it in real time. Everyone’s heard of the cloud. Well, Pro Tools has access to the cloud as well, so I can put an idea down, put it on the cloud, and Jason [Costa], our drummer, can grab it right after I put it up there, put some drums down on it, and then I can grab it right away. So you can literally have the ideas bouncing back and forth within minutes. And it’s even easier than e-mailing a whole project — it’s all there for everyone to access all the time.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Perpetual Doom (All That Remains, Etc.) Reunite, Share Re-Recorded Version Of “Apt. 213”

All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte’s early band Perpetual Doom have reunited. The group, which also features Steve Gonsalves (“Ghost Hunters”, “Ghost Nation”), Ken Robert (Split Shift), and William Brault (Split Shift), have been in the studio as of late and they recently shared a re-recorded version of “Apt. 213,” a track that was inspired by Jeffrey Dahmer.

Robert told Outburn the following:

“We had tossed around the idea of reuniting or possibly redoing some of the old songs from our first demo, but never could get everyone together to make it happen until now. It seemed only fitting for us to go back and reconstruct what was one of our ‘essential songs,’ which is why we choose ‘Apt. 213‘ as a jumping off point to see what a modern version of Perpetual Doom would sound like.

The original incarnation of the song was a bit immature and somewhat outdated so we wanted to approach it as a re-imagining. ‘I wonder what this song would sound like with a bunch of unnecessary riffs cut out and completely overhauled in a modern way?’

So, some parts were moved around and I completely overhauled the lyrics to convey what I believe may have gone on in the psyche of Jeffrey Dahmer while he committed unspeakable acts. This is my interpretation of what I imagine someone of his nature might have mentally gone through.”

He continued:

“The song ‘Apt. 213’ was originally written back in 1993 and was one of our first songs that set the tone for the band’s sound and direction. It was inspired by the fascination everyone had for Jeffrey Dahmer at that time.

He was in headlines for years, and his macabre killings affected so many of us that it was almost impossible not think about. Our original singer at that time, Scott Estes, came up with the idea to write lyrics about what may have gone on where Jeffrey committed some of these atrocities, inside apt 213.

Then we added the crushing riff you hear at the beginning of the song, and Steve added this little jazzy type bell on the ride and it all came together from there. Soon after, Scott had left the band, and Phil and I started doing vocals together and essentially trading off with one another.

That sound became somewhat the foundation of what Perpetual Doom was to be for years to come. The process of recording new Perpetual Doom songs has been a welcomed challenge, and we are thrilled to share our progress and passion with everyone as we continue to put new material out.”

Gonsalves added:

“It has been a lot of fun reimagining the structure and direction of these songs to bring them to a modern landscape but still preserving their original death metal roots. We were just writing about stuff we were into—horror movies, true crime, world views, and macabre history.

With the first track, ‘Apt. 213,’ it’s about the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and his state of mental health. It isn’t glorifying his acts but quite the opposite. What we found intriguing was the state of mind someone like that must be in. It’s more like a historical account of a serial killer with a brutal soundtrack.”

All That Remains Frontman Phil Labonte Comments On The Lack Of An Arrest In Oli Herbert’s Death

All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert passed away in October 2018 and police have been investigating the suspicious death ever since. However, there is still a lot of unanswered questions. With this in mind, frontman Phil Labonte has taken to social media to vent his frustration with the lack of an arrest in the case.

Labonte said the following:

CT state police arrested Jen Dulos estranged husband and charged him with murder. They have not found a body.

There’s been no arrest in the Oli Herbert case even though his body was in the pond behind his house and there was ONE person there when it happened. #JusticeForOli

Labonte is seemingly referring to Oli’s widow Elizabeth, who he previously referred to as a “garbage human being.”

As previously reported, Oli’s body was found in a pond near his home in Stafford Springs, CT and he had unprescribed antidepressants and sleeping aids in his system. Elizabeth later revealed that his death was the result of drowning by issuing an odd sounding statement.

One week before Oli’s death, the guitarist also signed a will making Elizabeth the sole executor and benefactor. It also said that his sister Cynthia Herbert was not allowed to become executor or receive anything from his estate and that Elizabeth would get all “property as well as any current or future earnings.”

Furthermore, Elizabeth is also reportedly involved in a legal battle with All That Remains over the band’s profits.

Fans and friends have long thought Oli’s death was suspicious and have been sharing evidence on a Justice For Oli Herbert Facebook page.

Oli Herbert’s Widow Reportedly Involved In Financial Dispute With All That Remains Over Alleged Unpaid Profits

According to the Hartford Courant, Elizabeth Herbert, the widow of late All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert, is currently involved in a legal battle over the band’s profits. Her attorney has filed a three-page letter in probate court, saying she is owed for shows the group played following Oli‘s death and that she hasn’t received financial records.

The letter said the following:

“There have been tours and shows played by All That Remains since Oli Herbert’s death about which the estate, as part owner of All Things Remain Inc., hasn’t been notified by being sent its copy of the profit and loss statements nor has the estate been paid its equal portion of profits as tour pay.”

As previously reported, Oli’s body was found in a pond near his home in Stafford Springs, CT back in October 2018. Police have been investigating his death ever since, treating it as suspicious. Notably, Elizabeth’s computer and phone records have since been seized as part of their investigation.

One week before Oli’s death, the guitarist signed a will making Elizabeth the sole executor and benefactor. It also said that his sister Cynthia Herbert was not allowed to become executor or receive anything from his estate and that Elizabeth would get all “property as well as any current or future earnings.”

Back in February, All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte said he couldn’t comment on the ongoing investigation, but did say Elizabeth is a “garbage human being.”

Fans and friends have long thought Oli’s death was suspicious and have been sharing evidence on a Justice For Oli Herbert Facebook page.

All That Remains’ Phil Labonte Says “It’s Possible” That Unreleased Material Featuring The Late Oli Herbert Will Surface

During an interview with 100.5 The KATT, All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte confirmed that the band still have some unreleased songs that feature late guitarist Oli Herbert. The singer went on to say that the tracks may surface one day if their label decides to release them.

Labonte said the following:

“There’s some other songs that didn’t make it to ‘Victim [Of The New Disease]’, so it’s possible that people will hear other stuff from the ‘Victim’ sessions. The label has them, so we’ll see what they decide they want to do. We felt like the 10 songs that made it on to ‘Victim’, we were, like, ‘These are the ones that make the most sense for us to put as a collection of songs.’ There’s no other, like, hidden riffs or anything like that, so anything that we write for the next record that we do, that will be something that I imagine will be heavily influenced [by] and there will be heavy contributions from Jason Richardson.”

[via Blabbermouth]

All That Remains Frontman Phil Labonte Calls Oli Herbert’s Widow A “Garbage Human Being”

All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert died back in October 2018 after drowning in a pond near his home in Stafford Springs, CT. Police have been investigating his death ever since, treating it as suspicious. Now, during an appearance on “Rover’s Morning Glory,” Phil Labonte was asked about his bandmate’s death and his opinions on his widow Beth, who the frontman says is a “garbage human being.”

Labonte said the following when asked about Herbert’s passing:

“I think when it comes to the circumstances surrounding Oli‘s death, that the best thing for me to say is there’s not a lot I could say, because there is an investigation.”

He also added the following when asked what kind of guy Herbert was:

“He was never into drugs. He loved playing guitar. Our drummer is the big drinker in the band. Our drummer used to be like ‘Oli, do shots’ and Oli would be like ‘shots are for adolescents.’ [laughs] He would have mixed drinks or whatever, he liked good beers, but he wasn’t into the drinking and stuff. He would have some drinks, but I don’t ever recall Oli… in twenty years, I’ve seen him hung over two times. He just wasn’t into it. It wasn’t his deal. He loved playing guitar.”

Labonte later continued:

“Oli Herbert did not do the types of drugs that you would associate with an overdose, period.” He continued on to say that in the 21- 22 years they knew each other, he “never saw him [Oli] do the type of drugs that you would associate with, you know, somebody who overdoses…”

Labonte went on to call Beth an “absolute garbage human being” after being read a line from a Facebook post she made. He later discussed the band’s relationship with her:

“Beth was never allowed to be around… to be on tour. She would come to the local shows because, you know, we couldn’t stop her… Everyone else in the band’s wives, girlfriends, whatever—they would come out on tour, stay for a few days, stay for a week, everybody got along.”

He also added the following when asked why she couldn’t go on tour:

“We [the band] made the decision, and she wasn’t allowed because she was a garbage human being. [laughs].”

He continued after being asked why Oli Herbert stayed married to her:

“We tried to convince him to get a divorce for a long time. I can’t tell you exactly why he wouldn’t do it or what the circumstances were surrounding his resistance. I don’t know. But I can say that I personally talked to him and said multiple times, look if you need a place to stay, I got plenty of room…”

When asked if he had an opinion on Herbert‘s death and Beth’s possible involvement, Labonte said:

“I do have an opinion on it, but I am not going to say. There is an ongoing investigation happening by the Connecticut state police.”

This news comes after it was recently revealed that Herbert signed a will making Beth the sole executor and benefactor just one week before his death

Beth previously said the guitarist died from drowning and that anti-depressants and a sleep aid were found in his system. However, the medical examiner’s office said the manner of death is still “undetermined.”

Fans and friends have long thought his death was suspicious and have been sharing evidence on a Justice For Oli Herbert Facebook page.

[via Metal Injection]