All That Remains’ Phil Labonte Calls Trivium’s Paolo Gregoletto “the Third Most Important Guy in a Four-Man Band”

  • Axl Rosenberg

Guess I’m not the only one who thinks Phil Labonte’s pro-kid killer stance is reprehensible.

As you may be aware, yesterday, the All That Remains singer member went on InfoWars  (yes, that fucking InfoWars) to lick his wounds from the tongue lashing we gave him on Tuesday and receive reassurances from Milo Yiannopoulos that he’s a good person. Because if there’s one dude we can all agree is a moral barometer, it’s Milo Yiannopoulos. Don’t think the headline Guy Who Endorses Child Murder and Guy Who Endorses Child Fucking Agree: Liberals are Mean never crossed my mind.

ANYWAY, our old bud Doc Coyle tweeted about Labonte’s deeply-intellectual discussion with Milo, and that’s when Paolo Gregoletto, bassist for Trivium, chimed in:

Which, honestly, I think is very kind, because it suggests that Labonte is in any way qualified to defend his position and not just claim that since laws aren’t 100% effective, we shouldn’t bother having them (which is the crux of his argument). Labonte didn’t see it that way, though, and so he made a diss video ridiculing Gregoletto:

“So last night, Paolo from Trivium decided that he wanted to let me know that he didn’t like us, or he didn’t like All That Remains. And so he goes and talks some smack about singing, talks some smack about how great their last tour was. And their last tour did great numbers — to everyone involved, congratulations. You guys had a great tour; it’s something to be proud of. But Paolo, nobody went to see that tour because Paolo was there. Nobody cares. If you weren’t there and it was some other dude, that tour would have done the same thing. You’re the third most important guy in a four-man band that changes their fourth member every couple of years. Everyone knows Trivium’s Matt [Heafy, guitar/vocals].

“So jumping at me talking smack? Ain’t nobody calling you in the middle of the night saying, ‘Come save my tour [presumably referring to his guest stints with Killswitch Engage and Five Finger Death Punch]. You didn’t write the hits for Trivium. You’ve been riding coattails.

“So here you go, Paolo. You wanted me to make a YouTube video about it? Here it is.”

I doubt even Paolo would argue with the assertion that Matt Heafy is the most famous member of Trivium; it’s harder to argue for or against Phil’s position that Paolo hasn’t made meaningful songwriting contributions because the liner notes for every Trivium album since 2008’s Shogun have simply said “All tracks written by Trivium,” and Gregoletto does have a few songwriting credits on 2006’s The Crusade, including one for “Anthem (We Are the Fire),” which was, in fact, a hit. I’m not saying Trivium would fall apart without Gregoletto… I’m just saying he probably deserves more credit than Labonte is giving him. And if nothing else, Gregoletto can actually play his bass, whereas Labonte can’t sing, so…

But yeah I dunno. I guess Paolo should be upset that In This Moment never asked him to be their bassist for a third of a tour. But he’s only 32, so there’s still time. The phone could ring tomorrow and boom!, he’s doing 3-5 shows with Papa Roach. Who knows. Sometimes dreams do come true.


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