Soon after releasing their wizarddry infused, bone grinding live videos (watch below), Boston’s LESSER GLOW (members of Black Elm, Irepress) are back with a full stream of their new epic record “Ruined”, a confident blend of traditional doom and melodic metal, paired with hardcore, noise, post-rock, and beyond. We’re pleased to co-present the official streaming premiere!
“Ruined” by LESSER GLOW is out June 8th via Pelagic Records and serves as a perfect treat for fans of Gojira, Mastodon, Converge, Isis, Deftones, Sumac, Dillinger Escape Plan, Envy, Will Haven, The Jesus Lizard, Code Orange, Mare, Cult of Luna, etc. Here’s what the and had to say about their sound and the content behind “Ruined”:
“With “Ruined” we set out to simply make heavy music. There was no meditated preconception of genre or specific end goal, but more a true amalgamation of influence and focused frustration that shaped the sound.
Thematically, “Ruined” comments on humanity’s perpetual ability for self destruction, both in solitude and in numbers. Willingly ignorant, we are doomed to repeat ourselves through cyclical consumerism.”
In today’s world, there is an undeniable, ever-growing sea of noise. Like an ocean, it swirls together the sounds of humanity into a churning vat of anonymity, and we are drowning.
It is from this abyss that LESSER GLOW was born. A necessary change from the common kind, this Boston five-piece brings an undeniable heaviness, with lyrics and music coexisting in the same beautiful, dynamic and volatile space. Heavy but not excessive. Massive yet not gratuitous. Meticulous. Focused. Direct. Necessary.
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”, comments main songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Nault, who is not only the guitarist in LESSER GLOW, but also session drummer for electro-post-hiphop outfit ARMS AND SLEEPERS. “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. The fact that all members are experienced professionals – engineers & session musicians – has certainly helped LESSER GLOW to accomplish the simplicity that makes this record what it is: heavy.
“I tried to keep that simplicity in mind during the recording process, don’t over play or worry about shredding to fill space”, comments bass player Scott Conza. “Just as important as choosing when to play, is choosing when not to play.”
With their upcoming debut release “Ruined”, 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 stand out as a refreshing and unapologetically brutal take on heavy music.