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Lorna Shore - ...And I Return To Nothingness review

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Band: Lorna Shore
Album: ...And I Return To Nothingness
Release date: August 2021

01. To The Hellfire
02. Of The Abyss
03. ...And I Return To Nothingness

Deathcore and a Lewandowski cover. Where have I seen that before?

It should be pretty telling that currently the only comments on the album's page are about the cover art. Particularly about how people are tired of seeing Lewandowski's cover arts everywhere and how they're starting to look all the same. Isn't that pretty much what happens to all genres and artists? Stuff gets saturated after a while. If this was the first Lewandowski cover art I'd see I'd love it. If ...And I Return To Nothingness was the first deathcore release I listened to I'd love it. Alas, after thousands of black metal, dream pop, post-rock, IDM or hip-hop album you listen to, it's hard for a newer one to have the same kind of impact, unless you're specifically looking for the exact same thing. Could you imagine what would happen if Lewandowski just completely branched off?

Enough talk about Lewandowski and the over saturation of art. The cover art is good, and so is the album, regardless of how much similar stuff already is out there. The journey to this point was pretty mangled for Lorna Shore. There's been numerous line-up changes and varying decrees of success for the releases up to 2020's Immortal. But that one suffered the most, from members being outed as shitty people and booted, to numerous delays and a pandemic ravaging any further touring. 2021 now sees Lorna Shore replacing its booted members, and returning to nothingness with some of the heaviest deathcore out there. Now I know that this is just a 3 song EP and that a whole bunch of bands like to have their fancies tickled about being the heaviest out there. But I think it works to this EPs advantage.

First, the new vocalist, Will Ramos, fits like a glove and is instrumental to just how bludgeoning this sounds. He's obviously not the only one who seems to help revive the band, new guitarist Andrew O'Connor also deserves a shout-out, but the vocals are the most obvious revitalization tool in the box, and their impact is immediate and eviscerating. That aside, ...And I Return To Nothingness has Lorna Shore distilling what has worked for the genre as a whole and for the band in particular, namely deathcore with some blackened and symphonic undertones, some more overt than others. So taking everything from deathcore's appeal, from the heaviest of breakdowns, the gnarliest of squeals, the most oppressive of atmospheres, it's all distilled into a small 18 minute package, where there is no chance of overextension or listener fatigue.

I can't say I have much doubts that if Lorna Shore keeps this current formula they'll be able to top Immortal. What else is left to do in deathcore? Hooded figures and nasty breakdowns.

Written on 21.08.2021 by Doesn't matter that much to me if you agree with me, as long as you checked the album out.


Comments: 6   Visited by: 128 users
22.08.2021 - 13:33

Love these guys' sound, there's not quite another "Immortal" on this one but them and Shadow Of Intent are the ones doing this symphonic deathcore sound that I click the strongest with
22.08.2021 - 13:57

Well written Radu !
23.08.2021 - 00:57

I didn't even know humans were able to make sounds like these, until I heard Will Ramos sing.
Cthulhu for President! Why settle for the lesser evil?
24.08.2021 - 09:08
High Fist Prog
"Hooded figures..."

Nice review. Really enjoyed this EP even if the final track carried it a little.
24.08.2021 - 09:52
You are right, the vocalist does make this stand out. He is really brutal.
I find the triggered drums annoying though. In general, not just here.
01.09.2021 - 14:32

Will Ramos is a beast remind me a lot of Travis Ryan in Cattle Decapitation I love versatile singer. the bad part of this ep is its length really want to hear more 9.5/10 for me.

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