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Blood And Resurrection at All That Remains Show, Feb. 6

Posted by Jenny / February 7, 2008

MP’s music editor, Jeremy Morris, loves my stalker gig reviews and sent me out on a mission to chase after some band members at last night’s All That Remains concert at Club Soda so I’d have a good story to tell.

As it is, I had already hung out with the band almost exactly a year ago at that same venue. At the time, I had done an interview with a quintet called The Human Abstract (who, in my not-so-metal-savvy opinion, are seriously awesome) for one of the independent papers at Concordia, and their drummer, Brett Powell, had invited my friend and me backstage to meet all the bands, which had also included Edmonton’s dirty little secret Misery Signals. The experience was enlightening: if you thought the backstage area at a metal gig is full of sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll, think again.

20080206_allthatremainsphil.jpg Every band’s member was focused on rehearsing his part; no one was drinking. ATR frontman Phil Labonte was, quite unironically, sporting a Fall Out Boy t-shirt. The conversation revolved around Converse nylon runners. Aside from the fact that half of the men there looked like they hadn’t gotten a haircut since 1997, everything about the scene was terrifyingly normal.

No stalking took place last night (sorry, Jer), although my friend and I were sprayed with blood almost immediately upon our arrival, setting the tone for the rest of the evening. The room was full of sweaty –literally, not metaphorically– men too angry for their own good (which is arguably better than anorexic, tight-jeansed, mascara-ed boys too sad for their own good) and the opening bands, with the exception of Chimaira, were terrible.

One thing I learned last night is that having a song called “Resurrection” is an absolute pre-requisite for being a semi-successful metal band.

I may not be a big fan, but I’ll tell you exactly why I can appreciate a band like ATR live: Labonte doesn’t simply scream, he emotes. He doesn’t just work the crowd, he inspires. He talked to the audience between songs, giving a brief overview of the band’s history, and explaining the stories behind some of the songs. Having met him in person, I can say he’s an extremely approachable guy who doesn’t put on an angry persona while onstage. He’s just being himself.

Oh, and then there’s the pierced nipples. This girl certainly has no complaints in that regards.



Jer / February 7, 2008 at 09:58 pm
Ok. I will accept this review, even if there was no stalking, since you described the stalking from a year ago.

I will also accept it because you say that backstage at heavy metal gigs isn't about sex and then you say in the next sentence "every band's member".

Jenny / February 7, 2008 at 10:09 pm
Out of pure curiosity, have you ever NOT accepted a review? ;)

No clue what you meant but that last part, though.
Sisi / February 8, 2008 at 07:15 am
Haha, that's horrible. Er, you know...every band's "member," aka trouser snake, Admiral Winky, night stick, bean tosser, etc. Refer here if you're still confused:
Jenny / February 8, 2008 at 08:53 am
Oh no I didn't. Dear God. I am a victim of sleep deprivation and bad grammar. Except I feel like no matter how long I'll try to prove that this is an honest mistake, you guys will go all Freudian on me and argue that I have some sort of subconscious thoughts going on when I wrote that.

Buddy Nielsen would've called me "a genius with a headache."
Jer / February 8, 2008 at 12:22 pm
It's true. I'm very liberal with my acceptance of reviews, but I see this as a positive sign of reasonable accommodation and all that.

Get some rest this weekend, but please, don't stop making innuendos like that. It would take all the fun out of this whole blogging thing.
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