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All That Remains Interview with Guitarist Mike Martin POSTED!

14 September 2010 41 Comments

By: Andrew

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On Tuesday, September 14th, 2010, All Knowing Force welcomed Mike Martin, guitarist of “Massachusetts Metallers” All That Remains. I figured I would use the default descriptor, which is why the quotes were used.

All That Remains guitarist Mike Martin

All That Remains’ latest album, For We Are Many, will be released on October 12th, 2010 via Prosthetic Records. I ask that all of you consider purchasing a copy of this album and seeing them on this current touring cycle. They’re out now with As I Lay Dying, and then they embark on a headlining tour.

During our conversation Mike Martin stated that he feels Killswitch Engage is the best band to come out of Massachusetts. I completely disagree. The absolute best band to come out of Massachusetts in the last ten years is All That Remains. And yes, that takes into account the saddest man in the world, Aaron Lewis, and his band Staind.

They don’t wear capes on-stage to appeal to first and second graders. They don’t wear shorts stolen from Richard Simmons’ closet. All That Remains evolve with each and every release. They get better and better with time. For We Are Many is just the next chapter in that evolution.

We covered a lot of ground during the interview, including Mike’s feelings on All That Remains opening for As I Lay Dying (which I feel is a travesty), analysis of recent shows, his favorite songs on their last two records, Adam from Killswitch Engage, and much more. The interview went about 20 minutes.


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41 Comments »

  • 1942 said:

    I don’t get how you can slam Adam D when Mike released a middle finger calendar. Think about it.

    Pumped about the new disc.

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  • Oscar said:

    As I Lay Dying should not headline over All That Remains. They are not in the same class as All That Remains.

    This album is going to be sick. If you didn’t hear the title track click the YouTube video in the body of the article. Sorry you won’t be!

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    What is all that remains? What force is there that is all knowing? As we get philosophical on today’s All Knowing Force.

    I might take a listen. I’m put off by the calendar.

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  • Laura in NJ said:

    Adam D. can’t be defended. My youngest brother is 16 and thinks he’s a tool.

    I was at the Starland show w/ Chimaira. ATR blew it up.

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  • Phil Labonte Is a Balding Midget said:

    I give Andrew credit for speaking his mind.

    I’m gonna speak my mind. Read my new AKF posting name. Phil is a balding slimy midget.

    BUT THERE IS NO BETTER FUCKING VOACLIST AND FRONTMAN. PHIL LABONTE IS GOD WITH A MIC.

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  • Brian Doran said:

    Great interview. Mike sounded stoned. PUMPED FOR THE NEW ONE.

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  • godblessya said:

    @Brian Doran: He always sounds that way. This new record is going to blow folks away. I feel it.

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  • Carla said:

    Did I really read a negative comment about Aaron Lewis on AKF?!

    Is it me or is Mike right and people’s attention spans have evaporated?

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  • LOCH NESS said:

    THESE GUYS ARE BANGING OUT CDS MAN.

    I THINK THIS IS GOING TO CHALLENGE DIAMOND EYES FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR.

    OLI HERBERT IS A SICK GUITAR PLAYER.

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  • Winston said:

    I’m not surprised they don’t draw well in Nashville and Boise. Many acts don’t draw well there.

    If there were to be a Massachussetts Metal tour it has lost it’s power by now. What is Shadows Fall doing? Did they fall of a cliff? And Killswitch will slowly fade away.

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  • TAP OUT said:

    The band changed their sound so much on Ideals that it doesn’t make sense to play the older stuff. I don’t think the older fans give a shit about the first 2 CD’s anyway. Maybe they do, but not enough to justify playing them. They sucked anyway.

    I enjoyed the interview and appreciated the props you gave to Oli. Btw, I did see an article on Oli in a guitar magazine once. Was taking a dump at my friend’s house and he kept rock mags in the bathroom. Oli was talking about Hungarian scales in ATR music. So someone gave his his do.

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  • rock soup said:

    I want to hang out with Phil Labonte Is a Balding Midget.

    Bad A$$ singer.

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  • anon said:

    had no clue they were putting out another. this ever 2 yrs this is good. cant wait.

    i think andrew would like a boxing match against adam d

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    @1942: I don’t know much about the calendar so I’m not at liberty to comment on it. It was posted on Blabbermouth a week or so ago. I wouldn’t purchase it, nor would I hang it on my wall. That’s really the be all end all of it as far as I’m concerned. If it’s your thing, go ahead, buy it, and enjoy 2011. Simple as that.

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    @Oscar: I said this during the show and did so with conviction. I completely agree and was baffled when I saw the press release.

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    @Phil Labonte Is a Balding Midget: Phil Labonte is on the shorter side with a shaved head. We’re politically correct at all times. Remember that.

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    @Carla: It wasn’t a negative comment about Aaron Lewis or Staind. I was disguising sarcasm. The last Staind album was abysmal. They entered the sessions stating it would be heavier than their last few releases, but ultimately, it wasn’t. I’m all for letting the music take you where you need to be, so no harm no foul. Staind seems to be a band fighting for life while All That Remains is taking them, one step at a time.

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    @LOCH NESS: If For We Are Many rivals Diamond Eyes, All That Remains will officially be in the All Knowing Force Can Do No Wrong Club.

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  • yatshu said:

    @Andrew: dude, they’re already added to the club, i listened to the show this morning on my way to work and it was ass kissing galore

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  • mAAT said:

    @yatshu: BRO MAN, DID U HEAR THE NEW SHIT IN THE VIDEO? I HAVE THAT ON MY I-POD BLASTING IT IN THE CAR. CAN NOT WAIT TO HERE THE CD! SO WHAT IF THEY KISSSED ASS, THEY LIKE THE DISK AND MY LIPS ARE PERKED TOOO

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  • yatshu said:

    @mAAT: it is possible to add a spell check feature for this moron? grammar, spelling, fucking up contractions – you are a loser

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  • mAAT said:

    @mAAT: WE ARE BOTH PROLLY AT WORK REFRESHING THIS PAGE ARGUEING SO BOTH OUF US R CURRENNTLY LOSER SO EMBRACE THE MUSIC AND SHUTUP

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  • mAAT said:

    @ YATSHU SORRY

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  • yatshu said:

    @mAAT: who on earth would give you a desk job? one reason the u.s. economy is fucking failing. this jerkoff has computer access at work. epic fail.

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  • darius said:

    i love the first single so much. just ridiculous. CAN’T WAIT to hear the rest!

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  • Spike said:

    Phil should keep the hat on.

    Why did the bass player get her hair did for this shoot?

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  • Cherry Cherry said:

    Why do you have the tour flyer of their headlining tour posted when that’s not the tour they’re currently on?

    All the Mass metal bands rock. You guys are dicks for thinking otherwise.

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  • 5150 said:

    I disagree with what Andrew said during the show.

    While I don’t believe Chiron should have been the 1st single/released to radio, the album fared better because of it, as it built towards FIYH. I don’t think FIYH would have had as much power if the other 2 didn’t come before it.

    I think it’s bs that they don’t play anything from the 1st 2 albums. I can’t believe no one wants to hear that stuff. Tattered, Darkened…all sick. Attention spans are short.

    The Phil Labonte Is A Balding Midget person made me fucking crack up. Phil has a sense of humor and doesn’t take himself that seriously. Find me a better metal vocalist that’s relevant TODAY(and dont say Howard Jones).

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  • Mario said:

    This new track SMOKES!

    AKF keeps it real.

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  • Christian said:

    I grabbed this on prosthetic’s site, i urge you all to do so too, will not disappoint

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  • tyler said:

    I just wrote in the 36 Crazyfists thread how I picked up that album and I am thinking of doing the same here.

    Are there any presale deals available where I can get the phyysical thing for $10 delivered? I don’t want the shirt or any of that crap.

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  • Myra43 said:

    I just saw a tour date at the Best Buy Theater here in NYC. Where the hell is that?!?!

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  • believe the hype said:

    Phil Labonte is a sell-out. He has little man syndrome, is too political and wants to be Ted Nugent.

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  • believe the hype said:

    Oh he also has a tattoo of the apple logo. Didn’t the old guy from the movie Wild Hogs have that? Lame

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  • Carla said:

    Do you dislike everything from Massachusetts?

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  • Ollo said:

    Wow. this was the worst interview I have ever listened to.

    my arguments:

    1. the interviewer 1 tries to provoke mike martin to say bad stuff about aild and kse.

    2. chiron is one of the best songs of all that remains.

    3. the super-duper-fan-since-atr-have-started interviewer no 2 thought this darkened heart was all that remains’ first record.

    4. at 15:00 they are trying to verbally s*** mike martins d***. this isnt an interview if the two interviewers talk to each other only.

    5. the super-duper-fan-since-atr-have-started interviewer no 2 hasnt seen them play the deepest gray live. i have and i am not a fan since day one as he stated. im not even fromt he us. they did play that before the tfoi release. cool fan since day one that interviewer is.

    6. they verbally try to s*** his d*** again about hooow greeeeaaaat overcome is….

    5.

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    @Ollo: Thank you very much for your comment. I thought I would take the time to respond. You’re entitled to your opinion and always will have the ability to speak your mind here. We don’t live in glass houses.

    1. We did not try to provoke Mike Martin to say anything. I, Andrew, was merely voicing my opinion.

    2. This is your opinion. You’re entitled to it.

    3. I don’t know if Darius made a mistake or not, but if he did, is this really that big of a deal? Come on. I referred to the new album as “For We Are **THE** Many” during the show by accident once or twice.

    4. Actually, we weren’t trying to perform any virtual sexual act on Mike Martin. We are fans of his band. We were promoting his band. I believe the only person we performed virtual sex on was Oli, but I might be mistaken.

    5. Now you’re really pushing it. I’ve seen Deftones countless times and heard them play Teething and Damone on the same show on three different occasions on three different tours. I know several huge Deftones fans that never heard them play either song.

    6. And yes, we did perform virtual sex on Mike Martin, as the All That Remains representative that was on our show, in regards to Overcome. It’s a great album.

    Thank you for your time and for visiting our site.

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    @believe the hype: The only articles on our site you visit are the ones with Massachusetts bands. You must have a major axe to grind. I enjoy reading your stuff, though.

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    @Cherry Cherry: I can’t answer that question. There was about five seconds of thought that went into that image.

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    @tyler: You can probably snag it on Amazon for that price. There isn’t any point to the presale, though, if you’re not getting a discount or free products. Otherwise, just wait for the release date to purchase.

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  • EmoRakuen said:

    All That Remains is a great band, I have all of their albums so far the first two were okay then The Fall of Ideals was Epic! and in my opinion their best album. I do not follow this interview such it is far to much controversy so I just sit back and enjoy the tunes on my ipod.

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