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All That Remains

Saturday, Nov. 28, Knitting Factory

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Sometimes a band makes music that is fully entrenched in the band's chosen genre but is also, in some ways, boundary bending.

Springfield, Mass.-born All That Remains is metal. Although in its last few albums the band has integrated a poppier sound, ATR is still metal... musically. Lyrically, however, ATR songs would be right at home on the shelf next to Swift's or those of any other current country musician, because inside all the screaming and pounding guitar chords, there's a story.

For example, check out the opening lyrics to "This Probably Won't End Well" off ATR's recently released The Order of Things (Razor and Tie, 2015): "Packing your things and you storm through the house/ Said, no, I can't take it, I just wanna end it/ And all I can think, you look good when you're angry/ So, let's take a step back and get us back on track."

Even if you can't understand ATR frontman Philip Labonte, you can be sure he has something to say.