LESOTHO: MetalSucks Premieres “Running Down The Sides” From Boston Instrumental Post-Metal Trio; Debut Album, Through The Dying Light, Nears April Release

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MetalSucks is today hosting the exclusive premiere of “Running Down The Sides,” the new song from Boston, Massachusetts-based trio, LESOTHO. The song precedes the band’s impending debut album, Through The Dying Light, nearing release in early April.

The ten songs on LESOTHO’s Through The Dying Light encompass fifty minutes of mesmerizing instrumental post-metal performed by guitarist Kyle Loffredo, bassist Cliff Cazeau, and drummer Zach Ganshirt, with guest lap steel on “Flicker” by Phil Todisco and a guest vocal performance on “Floater” by Molly Grace Chandler. The album was recorded at The Bridge Sound & Stage – formerly known as Fort Apache Studios, the site of the creation of ISIS’ post-metal epic, Oceanic – with Alex Allinson handling the engineering, recording, and mixing duties, after which the tracks were sent to Mario Quintero of NYC doomgaze act Spotlights who handled mixing at Audio//MQ. The album features artwork and a visual collaboration provided by Thibeault Landemaine and Anaïs Ferreira of the Jack Hillside Collective based in Bordeaux, France

With the new single “Running Down The Sides,” guitarist Kyle Loffredo reveals, “With this album, we tried to build a post-metal record with recurring themes. The song is basically a bridging track. It was intended to build continuity between a couple of other songs on the record with a recurring musical theme. We also flipped the dynamic of our traditional songwriting habits by starting off at a high point and tapering it down to a single melody, which is one of the themes that pops up later on the album.”

MetalSucks writes in part, “…LESOTHO’s debut might just be what you’re looking for if you like your metal progressive, yet with less singing involved.”

Stream LESOTHO’s Through The Dying Light single “Running Down The Sides” now at MetalSucks RIGHT HERE.

LESOTHO will independently release Through The Dying Light digitally on April 7th, with a limited edition cassette in the works. Find digital preorders at Bandcamp where “Truth” is streaming HERE and the song “And Reconciliation” is available for instant download with preorders and mailing list signups.

Watch for an official video, physical product updates, and more to be issued over the weeks ahead.

LESOTHO is currently booking shows throughout New England in support of the album, including a release show on April 15th and more. See confirmed performances below and watch for additional show announcements to post.

3/24/2023 The Jungle – Somerville, MA w/ Blue Manic, Rougarou, Eight Foot Manchild
4/15/2023 Tafetta – Lowell, MA release show w/ The Sound That Ends Creation, Sunflo’er, Lotus Eater Machine, Karate Steve

Formed in the quarantine days of 2020, LESOTHO released their Summer Wars debut EP in 2021 which quickly cemented their place as an up-and-coming artist to watch in the New England alternative metal scene. As Distorted Sound Magazine put it, “as a result of a mutual love for instrumental heavy music, the band quickly established their raison d’être; to dazzle us the listener with cathartic and challenging music.”

As LESOTHO continues gaining more and more traction in the Northeast underground scene, with Through The Dying Light ready to upend expectations, LESOTHO will surely deliver the both the emotional and sonic depths they promise. With a budding reputation as one of the “best kept secrets” in the Boston post-metal underground, this trio likely won’t be a secret much longer.