Philip Labonte

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Phil Labonte
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Phil Labonte performing at Rock im Park in 2015.
Background information
Birth namePhilip Steven Labonte
Born (1975-04-15) April 15, 1975 (age 44)
OriginChicopee, Massachusetts, United States
GenresMetalcore, melodic metalcore, melodic death metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active1995–present
Associated actsAll That Remains, Shadows Fall, Perpetual Doom

Philip Steven Labonte (born April 15, 1975) is an American musician from Massachusetts, best known as the lead singer of the American modern metal band All That Remains. Labonte is the former lead vocalist for Shadows Fall, was the touring vocalist for Killswitch Engage in early 2010, and also filled in for Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan L. Moody in late 2016.[1][2]

History[edit]

In the mid-'90s, Labonte was in a band called Perpetual Doom. The band played death metal and its members were teenagers at the time. The original vocalist of Perpetual Doom was Scott Estes; Labonte, however, took over the vocal position in 1993 after Estes joined the Navy, and also played the guitar. In August 1993, Phil left to join the Marine Corps. Perpetual Doom remained inactive for nine months in Phil's absence. In June 1994, upon Phil's return, Perpetual Doom resumed writing with increased intensity. Other members included Ken Robert (vocals, guitar, now of Split Shift), Bill Brault (bass, now in Split Shift), and Stephen "Steve" Gonsalves (drums), who went on to become a paranormal investigator and future cast member of Ghost Hunters. Perpetual Doom released a seven-track demo in 1995 called "Sorrow's End".[3]

Labonte left Perpetual Doom, however, to be the lead vocalist for Shadows Fall. Labonte did not play guitar for this band like he did in Perpetual Doom, and was Shadows Fall's first vocalist, completing the band's first lineup. The band's debut record, Somber Eyes to the Sky, was a heavy metal and melodic death metal album that was released in 1997 through Lifeless Records, a label owned by Shadows Fall guitarist Matt Bachand. Labonte was asked to leave Shadows Fall due to "musical differences"[4] and was replaced with current vocalist Brian Fair, leaving Somber Eyes to the Sky as the only Shadows Fall record with Labonte on vocals.

In 1998, Labonte formed All That Remains as a side project. After leaving Shadows Fall, All That Remains became his main priority. Their debut record, Behind Silence and Solitude, was released in 2002 through Prosthetic Records/Razor & Tie. A short time later, Labonte tried out for Killswitch Engage after the departure of their vocalist, Jesse Leach. Although he lost the audition to now former Killswitch Engage and former Blood Has Been Shed vocalist Howard Jones, the band told him he was a close second. In Killswitch Engage's DVD "(Set This) World Ablaze", Labonte states that Jones is a better singer than he is.[citation needed] In 2010, he was asked to fill in as Killswitch's vocalist during the band's tour with The Devil Wears Prada and Dark Tranquillity after Howard had to drop off the beginning of the tour.[citation needed]

In March 2011, Labonte appeared on CNN in an interview where he discussed his experiences during the 2011 earthquake in Japan. All That Remains was playing a concert in Osaka, Japan, nearly 800 miles from the site of the earthquake, when the earthquake began.

Politics[edit]

Labonte has stated that he is a libertarian.[5] He expressed his support for gun rights,[6] drug legalization and criminal justice reform.[7]

He is for cutting the size of the military and was critical of U.S. intervention overseas and military bases in the Middle East; he stated: "You can be pro-military and not be pro-imperialism. You can be pro-military and pro-national events and still think that we have too many bases in foreign countries that we just don’t need."[8]

He supported Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul in 2012,[9] and Rand Paul in 2016.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Labonte is an atheist.[11]

Influences[edit]

Phil has mentioned his influences range from Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Grave,[12] Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pantera, and even a lot of 80s hair metal bands.[13] In an interview, Phil said, "I fell in love with the whole glam world. And then like death metal too, Cannibal Corpse…it's very wide range of what people like, you know, Justin Timberlake…all that stuff."[13] He mentioned via Twitter and Facebook that he is a huge fan of Bring Me The Horizon[14] and The Acacia Strain.[15] He also is known for being a huge fan of non-metal acts such as Sarah McLachlan, Garth Brooks,[12] Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Taylor Swift,[16] Carly Rae Jepsen, Fall Out Boy, and Skrillex.[17]

Discography[edit]

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With Perpetual Doom[edit]

  • Sorrow's End (Demo) (1995)

With Shadows Fall[edit]

All That Remains[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All That Remains on Myspace". Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Overcome on Way Too Loud!". waytooloud.com. 16 September 2008. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Perpetual Doom on Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  4. ^ "The Metal Web - All That Remains Interview". Archived from the original on 2008-07-23.
  5. ^ GitterAugust 29, Mike; 2012. "All That Remains Singer Phil Labonte on His Political Views, Guns and Upcoming Album (EXCLUSIVE)". Noisecreep.
  6. ^ "All That Remains' Phil Labonte: "Can't Shoot A Lion, But You Can Dissect An Unborn Human For Profit Or Research"". Theprp.com. 29 July 2015.
  7. ^ "RADIO.COM". RADIO.COM.
  8. ^ GBFNovember 15, 103; 2012. "All That Remains Singer Phil Labonte Talks Military, Religion + 'A War You Cannot Win'". Loudwire.
  9. ^ "Ron Paul Endorsement from Non-Political Figures". ronpaulforums.com.
  10. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View". facebook.com.
  11. ^ PhilThatRemains (13 April 2018). "I'm an atheist and I feel like if this were about any other religion it would be considered by some as hateful. "Infiltration" and "pervasive traditionalism" in the headline frame it like something you should be suspect of.https://twitter.com/newyorker/status/984842437641240583 …". External link in |title= (help)
  12. ^ a b "HugeDomains.com - TheScreamQueen.com is for sale (The Scream Queen)". hugedomains.com.
  13. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2013-09-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View". facebook.com.
  15. ^ "Phil Labonte - All That Remains, Shadows Fall". metalfanatix.com.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-19. Retrieved 2013-09-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "PhilThatRemains (@philthatremains) - Twitter". twitter.com.

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