Review: Heavy metal evening at Knitting Factory with All That Remains, Miss May I, Varials and Tallah

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By Taylor D. Waring

For the spokesperson’s review

Metalcore masters All That Remains celebrated the 15th anniversary of their album “The Fall of Ideals” at Knitting Factory on April 13, and the band were joined by established and up-and-coming artists Miss May I, Varials and Tallah.

Openers Tallah and Varials brought youthful energy to start the night. Tallah, a nu metal band from Pennsylvania, appeared with wild outfits and energy. Varials, an established metalcore band from Philadelphia, performed a heartbreaking set filled with classic 808 bass drops, and the crowd was happy to return the favor with powerful circular pits.

Miss May I from Dayton, Ohio, whose 2007 debut album “Apologies Are for the Weak” was released with members still in high school, delivered a powerful performance afterwards. Since their debut, the band has clung to traditional metalcore tropes – a mix of clean, harsh vocals, melodic Iron-Maiden-style guitars, and brutal breakdowns.

Over the course of their career, they have constantly pushed to master these elements. With stellar stage performances, Miss May I performed mostly newer tracks from their discography, including their new single ‘Unconquerable’ and the super catchy ‘Shadows Inside’.

To close out the evening, All That Remains performed their breakthrough 2006 album “The Fall of Ideals” in its entirety. The billboard album, produced by Killswitch Engage’s Adam Dutkiewicz, launched All That Remains into the mainstream metal scene. With catchy vocal hooks, memorable melodies, and sick guitar bits, fans still love the album today.

Highlights included performances of the album’s singles “This Calling”, “The Air That I Breathe”, and “Not Alone”. Fans of the Guitar Hero franchise also had a chance to hear “Six”, which was an unlockable track on Guitar Hero II. For an encore, the band performed “If I Was Nothing” from 2012’s “A War You Cannot Win” and “Two Weeks” from 2008’s “Overcome.”

Since their inception, All That Remains have struggled with relentless line-up changes, leaving legendary singer Phil Labonte, who could be seen before the show went to ABBA, as the only original member remaining. In 2015, longtime bassist Jeanne Sagan left the band to pursue other projects.

In 2018, guitarist Oli Herbert died prematurely and suspiciously a week after listing his wife Beth Herbert as the sole beneficiary of his estate. Labonte recorded with Blabbermouth to call his guitarist and friend’s ex-wife “a trash human being.” During a brief interlude, fans chanted “Oli” in his memory.

All That Remains have been visiting Spokane regularly since 2004, meaning many Spokane fans saw the band before their major breakthrough. While metalcore is often looked down upon by metal snobbery, it seems fans of the genre – and All That Remains – have remained loyal. Until next time, Labonte and All That Remains.

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