Musicscan: Has it been harder coming up with new material this time for your seventh
album? What did you guys do differently for The Order of Things that you
hadn't done previously to keep things progressing?
All That Remains: Well, we worked with Josh Wilbur (LoG and Gojira) for the fist time. So going into it we knew he was a nice guy but having never worked with him we weren't quite sure what to expect. Turns out he's originally from the same region of the U.S. that we are so we had a lot in common. He was a pleasure to work with and we feel he really helped us make the best out of the songs we wrote.
Musicscan: You already released this new song No Knock: is this one representative for
the direction of the album? I would expect some aggressive and tightly
arranged record then.
All That Remains: Not really a more aggressive sound. We've always been heavy if people listen to the whole record. Unfortunately people no longer buy records. They buy songs, if you're lucky.
Musicscan: To follow this direction: I would expect you to follow your style of play
that is based on intuition, gut instinct and impulsiveness… Does this
somehow fit and is it close to what you are doing on The Order of Things?
All That Remains: It does, we don't worry about anything other than "do we like this" anything past that is someone else's opinion and we don't have any control over that, so we don't sweat it.
Musicscan: Do you think it is necessary to create a certain distance between you and
the music in order to get a better understanding of its inherent quality –
how do you handle such questions within the songwriting process and how do
you make sure to develop a good dramaturgy for the songs you create?
All That Remains: Again, for us song writing is simple in all we are concerned with when we're writing is "do we like this". Things like cohesiveness or image aren't ever considered.
Musicscan: With the sound and style that you guys have, does it give you a lot more
freedom when you’re going to record new material to go in a different
direction? Are there new and fresh ideas to find on your seventh album -
All That Remains: We try to have new and fresh ideas. I think when you look at where we started that's obvious. I think Fiat Empire and Pernicious are some of the more risky directions we went on this disc and I think they turned out well.
Musicscan: Are there specific aspects on The Order of Things that stand out in your
mind, or aspects that have an inner meaning to you you already would like to
share with us?
All That Remains: It's cool I got to use a little falsetto. I love Jeannie's vocal performances, she's never sung on a record before.
Musicscan: And as far as lyrical themes go: could you give us a little insight into it,
All That Remains: We try to avoid themes and let each song speak for it self.
Musicscan: Last one: you have become pretty big and well-known within the metal scene
within a short period of time. Does this fast development frighten you in a
way? Bands keep coming and going, that's just the way things are. Is this
something you are thinking about in silent moments? Where in the process are
you guys: what’s been already done, what’s left to be done for All That
All That Remains: If a short period of time is 14 years and 7 records I guess. And as for what's next we want to move our brand n band as far forward as we can. Play with some bands we haven't had the chance to yet. So we'll see what opportunities arise with this record but everyone in ATRs camp has high hopes.