Atmospheric doom/sludge metal unit LESSER GLOW will release their consuming Nullity full-length May 29th via Pelagic Records. In advance of its official unveiling, the band is pleased to debut latest single, “Toba,” now playing courtesy of Ghost Cult Magazine.
Ghost Cult crowns the track,
“harrowing, sorrowful, beautiful, and heroic sounding,” while the band further elaborates, “‘Toba’ was inspired by the super volcano that exists on present day Lake Toba, Sumatra. 75,000 years ago, it is believed to have bottlenecked the human population. Within the arc of Nullity, we see this as earth’s attempt of reclamation; cleansing itself of any record of humanity and exposing the futility of human existence.”
LESSER GLOW was born from an ever-growing sea of noise, swirling together the sounds of humanity into a churning vat of anonymity, in which as individuals, sometimes we are drowning.
The Boston five-piece’s debut album Ruined made waves in 2018: a “felicitous nihilistic debut coup” (Metal Hammer) containing “the best doom single of the year” (Visions), making “the excitement of what they might come up with on their sophomore release nearly unbearable upon first listen” (Ghost Cult). And 2020 brings us Nullity, a record doused in an undeniable weightiness, with lyrics and music coexisting in the same beautiful, dynamic, and volatile space. Heavy but not excessive. Massive yet not gratuitous. Meticulous. Focused. Direct.
Nullity is based around the concept of human beings existing on earth as parasites. The scope widens throughout the course of the record, touching on creation myths, existence within nature, interpersonal and internal struggles, and finishing out with the mass extinction/cleansing of mankind.
LESSER GLOW’s Nullity will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats.
The idea of LESSER GLOW grew as a response to the unrealistic progression of heavy music in recent years… generally feeling over-technical, over-produced, and sometimes entirely fake.
“I was caught in a major ’90s binge, listening to a bunch of stuff like Unsane and Failure, and feeling like that raw, palpable energy and songwriting was slipping away from modern heavy records,” notes guitarist Andrew Nault. “I was tired of genre-choked bands and missed hearing songs instead of riff parades.”
The lineup of the band came together organically, “though now the combination of individuals feels incredibly fortunate,” comments Nault. Vocalist Alec Rodriguez is the sound engineer for Chelsea Wolfe, guitarist Ben Gram is the manager of Cambridge, Massachusetts’ finest live venue Sinclair, Seth Botos is a session drummer and music teacher and Nault is not only the guitarist in LESSER GLOW, but also a session drummer for electro-post-hiphop outfit Arms And Sleepers. The fact that all members are experienced professionals is a restraining factor when it comes to aligning schedules, but it has also helped the band stay focused on the essentials.
With their upcoming sophomore album Nullity, LESSER GLOW rips open a massively wide and confident blend of traditional doom meets melodic metal, paired with the likes of hardcore, post hardcore, noise rock, post rock, and beyond. Molding all these into one cohesive mix, LESSER GLOW stands out as a refreshing and unapologetically brutal take on heavy music.
“…a killer dose of sludge metal that’s crushingly heavy, atmospheric, and beautifully melodic all at once.” – BrooklynVegan