Weekly Wretched: Lorna Shore - Flesh Coffin
One of New jersey's finest metal bands LORNA SHORE have finally released their incredibly anticipated new album, FLESH COFFIN, and speaking as a long-time fan, it is their best release to date. Flesh Coffin is dark, it's raw, it's powerful, and it's heavy as fuck.
If you've been following the band the weeks leading up to Flesh Coffin, you no doubt heard the songs they chose to release early: FVNERAL MOON and Denounce the Light. After finally getting the chance to hear the album in its entirety, it's obvious why Lorna Shore chose these two songs in particular to introduce you to Flesh Coffin. They are perfect examples of how the band have matured and developed themselves since "Psalms" was released two years ago. There's no doubt that on their earlier material, the band definitely had a deathcore sound with menacing breakdowns that bounced from track to track. But between Psalms and now Flesh Coffin, the band have elevated themselves above just the deathcore genre and have managed to combine the perfect combination of black metal and death metal, with just enough breakdowns to keep fans both old and new begging for more songs! It is a sound that I feel like a lot of bands have attempted to navigate the past few years, but few have managed to do it in such a way that completely defies all genres and truly creates a sound all of their own. With Flesh Coffin, the NJ boys have done it: they've successfully transcended the classification of genres and created something all their own, and it kicks fucking ass.
Flesh Coffin offers up ten beautifully crafted tracks of darkened metal that crushes more and more each song. Between songs like "Offering of Fire," "Void," and the title track "Flesh Coffin," the brutality is relentless and never-ending as guitarists Adam De Micco and Connor Deffley lead crazy riff into crazy riff into crazy riff. All the while Austin Archey blasts away at his kit, creating a thunderous background that perfectly collides with the guitars, and Gary Herrera (who has since left the band) pounds away at his bass. And the cherry on top, of course, is vocalist Tom Barber, whose vocal range is just absolutely insane both on Flesh Coffin and live in person. His lows are high enough to still be understandable but low enough to sound purely fucking diabolical. A perfect example of this sound be on tracks like "Infernum" and one of my personal favorites, "Black Hollow."
To sum it up, FLESH COFFIN is everything I expected it to be and nothing like I expected it to be. I knew Lorna Shore were going to come through and fucking kill it - I just didn't know it was going to come in the shape of Flesh Coffin. It will grab a hold of you and not let go, through all the filthy breakdowns (again, check out the ending to "Offering of Fire," it's insane), all the crazy blast beats and the grimey tones of the vocals. Flesh Coffin is not to be over looked, and if you don't get it at first, listen to it again. And again. And again. Until you do, because once you get it, it's fucking glorious.
Check out the video below for FVNERAL MOON, and if you like what you hear, pick up a copy of the album here!