If you’re at all familiar with the work of New Jersey four-piece Lorna Shore, you’ll already be well aware that they don’t do things by halves. The deathcore troupe have now come out with the same mentality for ‘Flesh Coffin’, the band’s sophomore full-length.
The album starts of with a pretty lengthy opening in ‘Offering Of Fire’. It starts with a build-up of very atmospheric guitars and, as soon as the song drops proper, you’re thrown into what can only be described as an organised mishmash of instruments, and not in a bad way.
About halfway through the first track along, you’ll already get a real sense of the technical capability of these musicians. Towards the back end of ‘Offering Of Fire’, you’ll be greeted with one of the meatiest sub-drops that you’ll ever hear that leads into a huge face melting breakdown; the first of many across ‘Flesh Coffin’.
‘Desolate Veil’ has a more technical/black metal feel to it thanks to the haunting and atmospheric guitars, giving a bit of a change of pace to the otherwise strictly deathcore approach, to which we return to straight after with following track, ‘FVNERAL MOON’. It features one of the heaviest breakdowns on the LP, and is complimented by those ever present lead guitar lines.
The album’s title-track closes things off, and so it should be. It makes a strong and bold statement straight from the gates, coming in with a trashy feel to it, as well as dark leads and powerful solos.
It’s obvious that Lorna Shore are absolute specialists in what they do. What’s ever present throughout ‘Flesh Coffin’ is how they’re able to combine different sub-genres of metal and combine them into one album. If you’re a fan of ridiculous breakdowns with sub-drops that will make your ribcage rattle for weeks to come, this record is one for you to jump on.
Written by Callum Griffin (@CalGriffinn)