Album Review: LORNA SHORE The Pain Remains


The fourth time is the charm for Lorna Coastwhich exploded last year with the introduction of a new singer Does Ramos. Their EP …And I return to nothingness and her debut single “To The Hellfire” was a smash hit, earning Lorna Coast the respect they have been seeking for so long. Ten years, several lineup changes and a global pandemic were not enough to stop them. It just made them heavier than ever.

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Let’s eliminate one thing first; Does Ramos is one of the best deathcore singers on the current scene. We thought we heard it at its monstrous last year, but The pain remains proves the contrary. It’s his performance, his ability to nail every type of extreme metal vocal style, that continues to drive Lorna Coastgets up. He will ruin the eardrums of a generation if he continues like this.

Musically, Lorna Coast are more exaggerated than ever. The guitar is almost drowned out by overwhelming orchestral sections like you’ve rarely heard of in deathcore. This is night wish– bombastic level, the kind that Dimmu Borgir convinced every black metal band that they could do in the 2000s, but so few did well. And it’s absolutely not just keyboard chorus effects and cheap strings either. Lorna CoastThe symphonic sections range from overwhelming complexity to heartfelt emotion. Some parts of “Sun//Eater” would not be moved to a the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, with the last third of the song verging on epic power metal territory. It is still maintained by Does Ramoswho presides over the album like the Grand Duke of the Underworld.

Lorna Coast could have been forgiven for trying to woo a more mainstream audience after last year’s success. They did the opposite. By putting together all the things that make them unique, they pushed their creativity further than they ever have before. The final three-part title track is nearly 20 minutes long, including a nine-minute final act that sums it all up. Lorna Coast have improved. They completely ditched their hardcore badass attitude and found their place in the gloriously nerdy world of metal.

Genre classification has always been a double-edged sword in the metal. Sometimes it’s hard to know how much of it is online bickering and how much of it actually translates into real life. There was a time when deathcore fans and symphonic power metal fans weren’t caught off guard at the same gig. Early attempts to cross the two genera as Plague Winds had reasonable success, but nothing like Lorna Coast have lived. Metal is a much less discriminating place in 2022 and the genre-obsessed crowd seems to be shrinking every year. It’s allowed us to have all these amazing crosses recently. Pushing the boundaries of heaviness has always been a stated goal of metalheads, but few have taken the steps to achieve it recently. Lorna Coast have on The pain remains.

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The pain remains is even better than we expected. Anyone who thought the latest EP was a fluke or a passing trend was wrong. Lorna Coast joins the likes of spirit box and I prevail at the pinnacle of modern metal. Lorna Coast are, however, several degrees heavier than these two groups, an unstoppable juggernaut driven by confidence and raw talent. No one can accuse them of selling out. The road has been long and hard and all the hard work has paid off. Lorna Coast delivered the best album of their career and one of the best symphonic metal and deathcore albums in recent memory.

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