" I could pull the whole freaking album apart, I could hum just the guitar parts and then hum the vocal melodies and then create a humming In Flames song, basically, because I know everything in it so well."
American deathcore dealers Lorna Shore are set to drop their feverishly anticipated album Pain Remains tomorrow. An album that brutally and magnificently alloys together everything the band has hinted at in their past works, Pain Remains is a statement piece for one of the most deservedly hyped heavy bands on the planet.
Following their acclaimed 2021 EP…And I Return to Nothingness, Pain Remains was forged from the same struggle and deluge of personal and creative hells that have marked the New Jersey band's career, it is the sound of a band that has honed its sound and identity and is ready to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world.
From the opening choral chants and orchestration (composed by guitarist Andrew O’Connor) of Welcome Back, O’ Sleeping Dreamer straight into a labyrinth of musical twists, turns, technicalities and raw emotion at the core of tracks like Sun Eater or Soulless Existence, Lorna Shore has woven together a sprawling document of ambition, soul and ability that few can match. It also is the sound of Lorna Shore breaking out of any sort of categorization and stepping into their own as a great extreme metal band.
In the days leading up to the release of Pain Remains, we caught up with vocalist Will Ramos who shared with us the album that changed his life, In Flames mighty A Sense Of Purpose.
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"The album that changed my life is A Sense Of Purpose by In Flames. That was the first one that came to mind thinking about this, and I like to be on the fly with this sort of thing, I don’t wanna overthink it. I don’t know a lot of albums by their names, but that album I know by name, I know every single song. I could pull the whole freaking album apart, I could hum just the guitar parts and then hum the vocal melodies and then create a humming In Flames song, basically, because I know everything in it so well."
"That was the first album that I ever listened to by In Flames, and that was one of the first bands that I ever listened to when I started listening to metal. A Sense of Purpose is that album for me. I’ve now listened to their discography, and everyone would usually say: “Clayman, that’s the one, that was the beginning of the best”. And I mean – yes, it is definitely a good album, but for me growing up…well, I can appreciate that album now, put it that way. I love Clayman now, but A Sense of Purpose was always the one that stuck out to me the most."
"I feel that way about the band Suicide Silence as well, I remember listening to them when I was growing up. We just played an entire month-long Chaos & Carnage run with them, and we had Eddie Hermida come up and do guest vocals, and then I came up and did guest vocals almost every night, one night he got sick on tour, so a couple of other vocalists came up for that day just to do that, to do a couple of songs, and I did songs that I listened to and songs that I did as my first covers ever when I was first getting into this genre. I was like: “Wow, this is crazy, now I’m singing these songs onstage for these guys”. It’s a very wild rollercoaster."
Lorna Shore's Pain Remains will be released tomorrow, Friday, October 14.