Phil Labonte, frontman of Massachusetts metalcore giants All That Remains has expressed frustration at the perceived "preferential treatment" given to Las Vegas post-hardcore band Escape The Fate. When asked by a fan whether the band would be playing at 2011’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival in the US, Labonte responded with the comment that "I have NO idea what the deal is with Escape The Fate but they must have WICKED powerful management."
"We’ve sold probably five times the records they have, been around probably 10 years longer than they have, have four more records than they do, we have three songs that have charted in the Top 20 at radio, two of which have made the Top 10, they have none, and they STILL get preferential treatment over us. I don’t know what they sound like, I’ve never met them, but it sucks when a band [with] powerful management tries to use another band that has busted their ass for over 10 years as a footstool. Not cool."
Indeed All That Remains‘ latest release "For We Are Many" has sold over 125000 copies in the United States since its release via Prosthetic in October 2010. The band’s fifth album was recorded at Zing Studios in their home state and recorded by Killswitch Engage guitarist and production extraordinaire Adam Dutkiewicz, who also worked on the band’s previous albums "This Darkened Heart" and "The Fall of Ideals".
Escape The Fate‘s self-titled album sold 18000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at number 25 on The Billboard 200 chart, and has so far sold over 50000 copies there. It charted at number 58 on the Australian ARIA charts.