Lorna Shore are the rising black metal band that need to be on your radar. Drummer Austin Archey tells us all about the band and their forthcoming third album, Immortal.
For the uninitiated, how would you describe your sound?
I’d say we are heavily influenced by the emotion/vibes that black metal gives off, while still maintaining a very extreme death metal sound. Our goal is to have the listener feel different states of emotion throughout each song and each listen back.
Who are your main influences?
There are some more obvious influences in our music – bands like Abigail Williams, Dark Funeral, and Behemoth. However, a lot of melodic elements stem from movie soundtracks, and just overall classic pieces of music that the listener is subconsciously familiar with hearing.
Has your style and influences changed at all since the last release in 2017?
Yes and no. I think we were just able to achieve that sound that we were going for more than we had back in 2017 with a new vocalist and producer in place.
What was the idea behind the Immortal video?
I’d like the viewer to gather their own ideas behind the video, because it could mean different things to different people.
Why did you choose the title track as a single for the album?
It was the most challenging song to write. It was the last song we wrote for the album, and it just felt like we grew into the sound of the album to be able to create such a track. We all pushed ourselves hard on it, so we wanted to give it the proper spotlight.
What are your favourite parts of the album?
The emotions displayed and the dynamics of each track are unlike any Lorna Shore record to date. I’m excited to see how people receive it.
Are you nervous about it dropping or excited about getting it out there?
Beyond excited. Between all the setbacks we had, it is long overdue.
You’re going on a UK/European tour in a couple months – where are you most excited to play?
Germany is always a great time, as well as the UK. But I’d be lying if I said we weren’t excited to play every city. We have only been overseas once.
Do any of you have any weird pre-show rituals?
Besides putting on our smelly clothes, warming up, and throwing some water on the ol’ hair, I think we are pretty standard.
If you could play with any band/artist for one show, who would it be?
It would be a dream to open for Dimmu Borgir. That band has played a huge part in allowing more produced symphonic black metal to exist. Those albums are still classics.
Immortal is out on January 31st. Lorna Shore head out on the Rising Merch Faces of Death tour with Decapitated, Beyond Creation, Ingested and Viscera in March. Dates are below:
Mar 12 London – ULU
Mar 13 Glasgow – Slay
Mar 14 Manchester – Club Academy
Mar 15 Birmingham – Mama Roux’s
Mar 16 Bristol – The Fleece
Mar 17 Southampton – The Loft