Setelah diperbantukan di sepanjang tur Eropa dalam rangka mempromosikan album terbarunya, “Victim of the New Disease” (Razor & Tie), unit metalcore senior asal Massachusetts (AS), All That Remains akhirnya memutuskan Jason Richardson sebagai gitaris tetap di band tersebut. Jason sebelumnya dikenal sebagai seorang shredder yang pernah tergabung di band-band gawat macam All Shall Perish, Chelsea Grin hingga Born Of Osiris. Di band barunya ini, Jason kebagian mengeksekusi keseluruhan isian gitar Oli Herbert, salah satu pendiri All That Remains yang meninggal dunia pada 17 Oktober 2018 lalu.

Pengumuman penetapan itu disiarkan pihak band melalui pernyataan di berbagai saluran media sosial mereka, kemarin. Dan mereka menyebutkan sudah tidak sabar untuk segera menggelar tur lagi dan tampil di depan para penggemar mereka.

Kepada majalah Decibel, Phil mengungkapkan bahwa perkenalan pertama mereka dengan Jason terjadi saat bandnya menjalani tur bersama Born of Osiris beberapa waktu silam. Dari pertemuan itu, mendiang Oli Herbert akhirnya menjalin persahabatan dengan Jason. 

“Saya tak tahu pasti seberapa sering mereka melakukan kontak, tapi saya tahu mereka sering bertemu dan membahas tentang gitar, mendengarkan musik bersama. Saat Oli meninggal dunia, Jason meng-cover lagu ‘Chiron’, dan kemudian bassis kami, Aaron (Patrick) menghubungi Jason dan berkata padanya, ‘Hey, (permainann) Anda terdengar sangat bagus. Apakah Anda tertarik jika kami membutuhkan Anda (di band)?’ Dan dia menjawab, ‘Yeah, dude. Dengan senang hati.’ Dan dia pun melakukan hal yang sangat luar biasa. Dia datang dan menaklukkan semuanya, dia benar-benar menyelamatkan kami.”

Oli Herbert sendiri merupakan salah satu pemegang andil besar dalam pembentukan All That Remains, band yang awalnya digagas oleh Philip Labonte pada 1998 silam, tak lama setelah sang vokalis didepak dari Shadows Fall. Dan menurut Phil, ia dan Oli adalah dua personel asli All That Remains yang tersisa sejak dibentuk dua dekade silam. Dan kini ia menjalani setiap konser sebagai perayaan untuk mengenang masa-masa bersama Oli. “Tapi sangat penting buat kami untuk terus berjalan, sambil memikirkan apa yang terbaik buat kami (selanjutnya.”

Kurang dari sebulan setelah kematian Oli, All That Remains merilis album  “Victim of the New Disease”, sebuah karya rekaman terakhir yang melibatkan kontribusi Oli Herbert. Tepatnya dirilis pada 9 November 2018. Sebelumnya, All That Remains yang kini menyisakan Phil, Mike Martin (gitar), Jason Costa (dram) dan Aaron Patrick telah melahirkan delapan album studio, yaitu “Behind Silence and Solitude” (2002), “This Darkened Heart” (2004), “The Fall of Ideals” (2006), “Overcome” (2008), “For We Are Many” (2010), “A War You Cannot Win” (2012), “The Order of Things” (2015) dan “Madness” (2017). (MK03)

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So there was a little confusion about Jason Richardson due to the natural delay time between when an interview takes place and it’s publication. So just to make sure it’s clear, Jason is a full member of All That Remains and we couldn’t be happier. When Oli passed away, once the shock and denial had subsided, I was scared. Like, “who can do what Oli did? How do you fill his shoes? What is going to happen to All That Remains?” And then we saw Jason put up a video tribute to Oli where he played the solo to Chiron. Of course he nailed it. We had toured with him when he was in Born Of Osiris and Oli said more than one time “Jason is the best guitarists I’ve ever seen.” Now, when Oli Herbert says something like that you sit up n pay fucking attention. So when he said he would fill in it gave us a second to take a breath and mourn our friend and band mate. When Jason came out n we hung out for a bit the guys n I were like “this dude fits right in.” He’s funny as hell, gets all our inside jokes, and is a monster on guitar. So naturally the conversation started about what he’s got going on. I said this to Jason and I’ll say it here. All That Remains is 100% supportive of Jason’s solo career. He has a solo record he is doing right now and we are committed to helping in any way we can to make sure it is completed and you guys can hear it as soon as he is ready to release it. That being said, we are also super excited that he has joined us and we can’t wait to write an All That Remains record with him. I’m sure it will be a little different without Oli, but we’re All That Remains, so you guys are used to “something different” from us. No one can ever replace Oli Herbert. He was my friend and bandmate for just shy of two decades. We didn’t want to replace him, we want you to remember Oli and what he did for All That Remains and the Metal community as a whole. Because of that we wanted someone who wasn’t going to try to be Oli. We felt It would be a disservice to his legacy. Jason is his own man, with his own style, and he is every bit the kind of guy we were looking for to play lead guitar after Oli passed. We are extremely happy to welcome him into All That Remains.

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