This Friday, June 8, Boston post-metallers Lesser Glow (ex-Irepress, The Proselyte, et al) will release their full-length debut, Ruined, via Pelagic Records. Infusing crushing post-metal sensibilities with post-hardcore angularity, atmospheric fervor, and 90s alt-rock energy, Lesser Glow have carved out a unique niche for themselves with this recording and the results are infectious.
In anticipation for its impending release, we at Svbterranean are excited to bring you an exclusive stream of Ruined. The band had the following comments regarding the record:
“With “Ruined” we set out to simply make heavy music. There was no meditated preconception of genre or specific end goal, but more a true amalgamation of influence and focused frustration that shaped the sound.
Thematically, “Ruined” comments on humanity’s perpetual ability for self destruction, both in solitude and in numbers. Willingly ignorant, we are doomed to repeat ourselves through cyclical consumerism.
As an added bonus, the band agreed to dissect Ruined track by track. Check out what they had to say below as well as stream the album in full.
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“Ruined” is a song about the death of the “American Dream.” It’s about working forever and getting nowhere. It’s actually the very first song we finished together, and a major vibe setter for our project. It was a true moment of discovery for us and a catalyst for everything that came afterwards.
“Vacant Throne” started out as an idea of juxtaposition… blunt force heaviness mixed with dense, pretty chord structures. When the vocals started taking shape it became a song about how detached people have become in the modern world. It’s about humanity’s fascination with their online self. If you only post the good the bad doesn’t exist.
“Tel Megiddo” is based on an ancient Israeli city of the same name, also known under its Greek name “Armageddon.” Due to its strategic positioning, the city has fallen time and time again and holds 26 layers of ruin piled under its footprint. We see it as a metaphor for humanity’s damnation of repetition. Unwilling to learn from what stares back at you, thus, doomed to repeat.
“Empty Eyes” was written to feel more relentless than the other songs on the record. No melodic breaks or “pretty” sections, just blunt and to the point. Lyrically it works it’s way through internal struggles that tax personal relationships.
With “Fall on Mortal Decay” we were searching for something to bridge the sonic gap between the last two songs. It was a last minute idea tracked towards the end of our studio sessions that carries more weight than initially expected. So much so that the titles of the last three songs are actually meant to be read together. “Empty Eyes Fall on Mortal Decay Under the Polar Shade.”
“Under the Polar Shade” stylistically feels like the melting pot of the record, bringing a lot of the separate ideas full circle. Seems like we all knew it would be the last song on the record before we even started tracking. It harps on humanity’s ability to act proud of their ignorance, believing in self made truths and spitting out lies as facts.