Boston’s LESSER GLOW — featuring former members of Black Elm, Irepress, and The Proselyte — will release their debut full-length Ruined this June via Pelagic Records.
With Ruined, LESSER GLOW rips open a massively wide and confident blend of traditional doom meets melodic metal, paired with hardcore, noise, post-rock, and beyond. Molding all these into one cohesive mix, LESSER GLOW stands out as a refreshing and unapologetically brutal take on heavy music.
In advance of Ruined’s official release next month, the band today unveils the unsettling video accompaniment to second album track “Vacant Throne.”
“The never-ending stream of information has given urgency to often non-urgent matters, and that urgency manifests itself through fear,” relays guitarist Andrew Nault of the track/clip. “Scroll, consume, forget, repeat. We are watching singularity happen before our eyes. We build shrines to ourselves on social media while becoming outwardly less sociable, and the line of tangibility continues to blur.”
Issues Decibel, “LESSER GLOW put a unique spin on doom by infusing it with melodic and post-metal, pulling parts from a variety of different sounds. It comes together on their debut album, Ruined, and on songs like ‘Vacant Throne,’ where they take crushing, harsh vocals and juxtapose them with softer, melodic passages.”
View “Vacant Throne” at Decibel Magazine HERE.
Find a live video of the album’s title track below:
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 and 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,” adds bass player Scott Conza. “Just as important as choosing when to play, is choosing when not to play.”
Alec Rodriguez – vocals
Andrew Nault – guitar
Ben Gram – guitar
Scott Conza – bass
Seth Botos – drums