Lorna Shore - Pain Remains (2022)


Unleashing one of the most punishing releases of 2022, today we have Lorna Shore and their highly anticipated release “Pain Remains”. Further refining and sharpening their razor-sharp sound, this release blasts away with over 60 minutes of brutal, and yet melodic Deathcore music unlike anything you have ever heard before. Yes, there are elements of bands like Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, etc., but this American outfit takes them to a whole new level with the perfect blend of blasting aggression, crafty tech proficiency, and dramatic atmosphere.

Our first introduction to the band was this summer during their European festival run at Brutal Assault. With an unusually high amount of security guards in the photo pit, we were not prepared for how as the band hit the stage, waves of people started crowd surfing and moshing to the band’s relentless music (see some of our pics here). The album wastes no time in establishing its dominance with the piercing opener “Welcome Back, O' Sleeping Dreamer”, which nicely builds up with atmospheric arrangements until it blasts open with crushing drumming and Will Ramos insane vocals. This track, and most of the album, has a very unique vibe as it feels like a mixture of Cradle of Filth/Dimmu Borgir and The Black Dahlia Murder, but on its own level of intensity.

We particularly love the dramatic atmospheric arrangements that flank the band’s intense guitar work and crafty tempo changes. Said atmosphere is always present and makes tracks like “Into the Earth”, “Sun//Eater”, and “Cursed to Die” extremely vicious as the band perfectly weaves it into their blistering aggression and breakdown repertoire. The melodic nature of pieces like “Soulless Existence” and “Apotheosis” showcase the band’s versatility and multi-faceted sound, while keeping things brutal.

As the release closes with the “Pain Remains” trilogy of songs, the band is fully in their element with sweeping guitar leads, crushing tempo changes, and magical atmospheric elements that greatly separate them from other Deathcore outfits. However, what makes them one of the most intense bands in the scene, is that they can seamlessly switch between grandiose melodic arrangements to completely bonkers intensity and brutality thanks to their versatile singer and overall songwriting creativity. Do not miss out on this release, and on catching the band live.

Band: Lorna Shore Album: Pain Remains

Label: Century Media Records

Release: October 14th, 2022

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Genre: Deathcore

Country: USA

Rating: 97/100

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