Q&A with Anna Lombard of LOVE BY NUMB3RS

–Congratulations on the release of “Don’t Be So Hard On Me.” It’s a lyrically candid and very raw song about a fractured and seemingly destructive relationship, with such lines as “I miss the way you screamed my name/When you were angry/Nothing left but you, your pride & me/That’s how I loved you in the end.” What inspired you to write it?

ANNA LOMBARD: The song started with a single line, “don’t be so hard on me…” When I began writing the lyrics for the song, I tried to imagine myself as a person within a relationship who knew it was falling apart. In the heat of an argument, our instinct can often be to say hurtful things to the ones we love most.  We’ve all been there. We isolate, because it’s easier than facing the issue head on, whatever it may be. We stray. We lose ourselves. We ignore the advice of friends or shut them out because we don’t want to hear what they have to say…and this fear of something ending or things changing kind of silently travels through us until we’re ready to face it…so this was the narrative that originally helped me finish the story. But the more I listened, the more I realized that this song was less about being hard on a partner within a relationship, and more about being hard on yourself…It became more self-reflective. I know I’ve had to learn how to be easier on myself and forgive myself and others through my own life’s trials and tribulations. If we cannot be kind or love ourselves, it makes it very difficult to love and be kind to someone else.”

Read about the single and watch video here.

–The song also features your most intense vocals to date, underlining the rawness of the lyrics. Can you tell us what it was like to record this in the studio?

ANNA: This was honestly my fastest vocal take of all time. I really prefer to be solo and run the console when I’m tracking…I don’t love other people being in the room, besides Jon if it’s an absolute must. So we had laid down the musical beds for the song..just keys, bass and drums…and I kicked Jon and Dan out of the studio. I’ll never forget the look on their faces as I walked out of the studio and said, “okay, all done.” I think it took me a total of 26 minutes from start to finish. The cool part was that the lyrics were sketched out with about five pages of verse options…and a couple of the lines that ended up being in the song were improvised…so they felt natural and just right. It was also the first time I ever sat down while recording vocals, because I was running the board at the same time. 

–“Don’t Be So Hard On Me” has that trademark LBN sound: minimal but big-sounding, very edgy but finely etched and rootsy, too. What goes into the creation of this sound?

ANNA: We had been listening to a lot of Donny Hathaway (specifically, “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”) and from the start of the song, I really wanted to try and tap into some Betty Davis vocal style…throaty blues…lots of space…with simple, autobiographical lyrics. Throughout this album, Jon wanted the musical beds of each song built with all of us playing together live…the use of real instruments, keyboards, pianos, Hammond organ, synthesizers and very little editing…to be as true to late 60’s/70’s recordings as possible. I tracked my vocals on an SM-7 microphone through a vintage tube pre-amp with the gain cranked. It dirtied up my vocals so that when I pushed my voice, it allowed the rawness and cracks in my voice to come through.”

–LBN is also known for its visually striking videos. In this one, the imagery is arresting: you flip over a table, you emerge mysteriously from a body of water, instruments are smashed. And the video is shot in a deliberately distressed style. Please tell us about where it was filmed, who directed it and how you feel the video illuminates the song?

ANNA: We filmed this in Industry, Maine at our friend John Moore’s barn. We looked for weeks for a beat-up, empty warehouse around the Portland area but had no luck. We wanted the vibe of the video to look the way it sounds–raw, vintage, stripped down. This video was directed and filmed by Jon, as all our videos are done in house. 

LOVE BY NUMB3RS Return With Single/Video “Don’t Be So Hard On Me”

Portland, Maine-based indie trio LOVE BY NUMB3RS—co-vocalists DAN CONNOR and ANNA LOMBARD and multi-instrumentalist JON ROODS—today (September 28) return with “Don’t Be So Hard On Me.” It’s the second single/video from their sophomore album EARTH NEEDS A MOON out this Friday, September 30. Produced by ROODS and LOMBARD, the album follows the acclaimed band’s November 2021 Colours EP and doesn’t repeat any of its songs. Watch the video below.

Sonically, “Don’t Be So Hard On Me” is big-sounding, soulful and rootsy, with ANNA’s gutsy and moving vocals illuminating a difficult, fractured relationship. The video, premiered September 27 by Vents Magazine, is cinematic, mysterious and evocative. The video was directed by ROODS, filmed in Industry, Maine at their friend’s barn and shot in in a deliberately distressed style, with imagery that is striking and intense. Below are quotes from ANNA about the song and video.

The “Don’t Be So Hard On Me” video follows the “Earth Needs A Moon” clip that was premiered by Glide Magazine, which noted that “the dramatic title track song and video that showers our ears with the dramatic interplay between the trio that takes listeners to a nostalgic hideout where secrets are sheltered and sins are forgotten. There is a bleeding guitar solo midway through the song as Lombard pours her fervently soulful vocals into the song’s building storyline.”

The EARTH NEEDS A MOON album is filled with haunting and evocative songs about love, devotion and more with finely etched, atmospheric settings, over which the band cast their spells. The tracks are sonically wide-open and move slowly, however confidently, and make the listener feel like they are floating in air on a journey somewhere. The album was recorded at Fisher’s Waterhouse on Peaks Island as well as the band’s South Ranch studio. EARTH NEEDS A MOON follows the band’s November 2021 Colours EP and doesn’t repeat any of its songs. This is the music of a band who freewheelingly chart a course through eloquent alternative, Americana and roots rock.

TEETH SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE 575 EP OUT ON OCTOBER 28TH

Highly influenced by discomfort, there can be no compromise in the structure of what Ontario, Canada hardcore/metal quartet TEETH are producing because what flows from them is purely honest, and quite unlike anything that has been heard before.

Their adherence to this artistic integrity is a huge part of what caught the eye of heavy metal foundry, Nuclear Blast Records. Recently signed to the label, this new union stands only to further amplify into the new year.

In celebration of the signing, the band is offering fans their 575 EP which contains four already released songs. The EP will be available as a clear cassette on October 28th.

The band comments, “TEETH has always been – and always will be – a passion project for us. A visceral creative outlet not to be marred by outside influence or external pressure to achieve anything but creating music that we enjoy. We promised ourselves that if the opportunity to work with a label ever arose, they’d have to share our artistic vision, and ultimately want to help TEETH connect with everyone who’d listen.

“When we began talking to Nuclear Blast at the beginning of the pandemic, it became immediately apparent they checked those boxes. Growing up listening to bands like HATEBREED, MINISTRY, and SLAYER and eventually discovering artists like NAILS, it felt like Nuclear Blast understood everything TEETH stands for, and aspires to be.

“So, with that said, we’re excited to finally announce that we are now part of the Nuclear Blast family. We’re just getting started.”

Vocalist Blake Prince commented on the signing: “We are extremely thrilled to finally announce that we’ve signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. This has been something we’ve had to keep close to our chest throughout the pandemic and we’re eager to get to work. To be a part of this legendary roster is an honor and a perfect home for TEETH. Ideally, your label is a partner. Human beings with a strong passion for growing artistic culture and individuality, who believe in you and are working hard to help facilitate our vision. We feel confident that the cooperation with Nuclear Blast will help bring this band to the next level.”

Listen and pre-order your 575 exclusive EP here: http://nblast.de/Teeth-575EP

Below is the 575 tracklisting:
1. Destroyer 
2. Filth 
3. Smother
4. Deathrace

The 575 EP wasproduced and engineered by Davis Maxwell & TEETH at Bell Tower Studios in September 2019. The cover artwork was created by Orupting (Madison Roger).

TEETH are of the philosophy that every subsequent part of the song needs to be more disgusting, uncomfortable, and nasty than the part before it. “It’s supposed to feel frantic; super visceral and aggressive,” explains Prince.Pain is an adhesive, and in a time where there’s a lot of pent up emotion towards friends, family, everything around us… it gives people a nice vehicle to air their grievances.” 

Only a couple of things remain to be seen with TEETH: when will their new album drop, and what bands can you look forward to seeing them grace the stage with? Keep your eyes on Nuclear Blast Records and TEETH socials for updates.

TEETH is
Chris LeMasters | Guitarist
Blake Louis Prince | Vocals
Marc Quagliarini | Bass
Mat Stewart | Drums

CELESTE Release New Music Video For “(A)”

French underground avant-gardists CELESTE have released a new music video for their song “(A)”, taken from their sixth studio album Assassine(s), released back in January of this year. The striking video expresses the essence of the song, both visually and emotionally, adding another level of depth to the already charged piece.

‘(A)’is CELESTE’s most experimental track to date, launching with drony synths written by frontman Johan. With a post-rock edge, this slow-burn instrumental song has a soundtrack-like qualityThe cinematic ambiance is emphasized by the two lead guitars, intertwined like two characters in a somber story, enrichened by a guest appearance from Katsuta of HEAVEN IN HER ARMS.

Johan Girardeau comments on the new video:
We’re really glad to complete the triptych of videos that we started a year ago with ‘Des Torrents de Coups’ and ‘Le Coeur Noir Charbon’. This video clip means a lot to us. We’ve been showcasing it live during the Assassine(s) release tour and we are looking forward to unleashing it online. This piece of artwork reflects our long-built aesthetics. As a song, ‘(A)’ became a very important song to us as well, showing our will to widen our musical influences, with these shoegazy, post-rockish hints which are definitely new ground for CELESTE.

About CELESTE:
Having played more than 500 shows around the world, including appearances at several prestigious extreme music festivals, theaters, and venues (Hellfest, Roskilde, Copenhell, SummerBreeze, Brutal Assault, Roadburn, Psycho Las Vegas…), with one EP and six albums under their belt, CELESTE have succeeded in creating their own musical atmosphere and are today considered to be one of the most important bands of the “French Avant-Garde Black-Metal” scene.

CELESTE is:
Johan Girardeau | Vocals & Bass
Guillaume Rieth | Guitar
Antoine Royer | Drums
Sébastien Ducotte | Guitar

WOR Announces American Invasion Tour

North Carolina, USA groove metal warriors WoR announce they will be hitting the road for the American Invasion Tour w/ Hemlock, Summoner’s Circle, Casket Robbery, Scars Of Atrophy, Fused By Defiance, and Squidhammer. The tour kicks off in Nashville, TN on September 25th and will see the band trek across 18 US states until ending it in Richmond, VA on November 11th. The supporting bands will be playing on selected dates listed below.

“We are extremely excited to be heading out on the American Invasion tour, a six week trek across the United States with some amazing bands! We’ve got a couple surprises in the set including playing some brand new songs from our upcoming second album!” adds guitarist Ben Kaiser

WoR will also be on tour supporting their latest album “Prisoners” released during August 2020 via Bungalo Records/Universal. Throwing in elements of thrash, metalcore, and even hardcore punk, everyone in WoR has taken a different musical path and the variety of influences shows through in the unique and original sound on their debut release “Prisoners”, which is an extremely energetic journey from start to finish.

“From front to back, this album is meant to take you on a heavy metal journey. It features groovy tracks such as Predator, brutal songs such as Caged, and melodic anthems such as VI Kings. While the songs are groovy and meant to give your neck whiplash, the lyrics are deep and thought out. The messages behind these songs are ones of resilience and overcoming. If you enjoy heavy riffs, melodic overtones, and just straight-up angry and in-your-face METAL, this album is for you!” adds the band.

American Invasion Tour
w/ WoR, Hemlock, Summoner’s Circle, Casket Robbery, Scars Of Atrophy, Fused By Defiance, Squidhammer


10.1 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Warrior On The River*
10.2 – Crestview, FL @ Jimmy’s Jukebox #
10.3 – Metairie, LA @ The Twist Of Lime #
10.7 – Lawton, OK @ The Railhead Saloon*
10.10 – Haltom City, TX @ Haltom Theater $
10.12 – San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald’s $
10.13 – Houston, TX @ Acadia Bar & Grill $
10.15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Warehouse 508*
10.16 – Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theater &
10.17 – Spring Valley, CA @ Bancroft Bar & +
10.18 – Anaheim, CA @ Doll Hut & +
10.22 – Lynnwood, WA @ The Vessel Taphouse +
10.26 – Denver, CO @ Your Mom’s House +
10.30 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music =
10.31 – Lombard, IL @ Brauer House =
11.1 – New Haven, IN @ Carl’s Tavern =
11.2 – Maple Heights, OH @ Maple Grove Tavern =
11.3 – Turtle Creek, PA @ Sub Alpine Society =
11.4 – Winchester, VA @ The Monument =
11.5 – Richmond, VA @ Another Round Bar & Grill =

* – WoR Only
# – Hemlock (9.25 – 10.3)
$ – Summoner’s Circle (10.10 – 10.13)
% – Casket Robbery (10.10 – 10.13)
& – Scars Of Atrophy (10.16 – 10.18)
+ – Fused By Defiance (10.17 – 10.26)
= – Squidhammer (10.30 – 11.5)

GENRE DEFYING BAND LYLVC RELEASE NEW SINGLE/VIDEO “UNDERTOW”

North Carolina band, LYLVC today release their most powerful new single “Undertow” from their upcoming EP Perfect Drug, due out January 20, 2023.

In premiering the song, Brave Words  said, “LYLVC’s dual lead vocalists Alyse Zavala and Oscar Romero alternate back and forth between melodic and anthemic choruses and rapidfire introspective verses throughout ‘Undertow’. The instrumentals kick off with a catchy synth playing the main melody before the guitars and drums kick in to create an energetic and emotional performance that does not let up until the end.”

“Undertow” continues LYLVC’s trend of breaking down barriers between genres and taking the best from hard rock, hiphop, and electronic music to create a unique and inventive sound. Co-lead vocalists Alyse and Oscar’s lyrics are emotionally charged and their powerful voices deliver the heartfelt vocals over the background of the band’s heavy instrumentation.

LYLVC has delivered a thoughtful and intense visual performance in the video, under the direction of Digital Thunderdome’s Scott Hansen. Rife with straight-jackets, water torture, and horror themed imagery, the music video hammers the lyrical content home of being fighting through the pressures of life.

LYLVC will be hitting the road this fall with New Years Day for a 10-date US tour. The tour kicks off at ​​Transplants Brewery in Palmdale, CA on October 8 and will cover the southern United States, eventually finishing at Hooligan’s in Jacksonville, NC on October 23. LYLVC will be providing direct support for each date of the tour.

LYLVC has come to be known for their energetic live shows.  f28 Music Magazine said, “I have been to thousands of shows over my 20 years as a music photographer and I have to say that LYLVC put on a performance that would rival some of the biggest bands in the world. This is a band you need to see live and really follow. I see big things coming for LYLVC in the future and can’t wait to see them continue to grow and take over the world.”

LYLVC has already seen great success with their first two singles, the debut “Perfect Drug” reaching over 1 million views on YouTube, in just a few days and “Heirloom” which received critical praise from Hollywood Life who said, “The band delivers an emotionally-fueled anthem for those who are doing their best to keep it together despite all the demons living behind their eyes.”

Each of the songs from the upcoming EP Perfect Drug was recorded at Howard Benson’s LA studio West Valley and produced by Mike Plotnikoff and Joe Rickard.

LYLVC TOUR DATESTickets Available Here

10/8: Transplants Brewery – Palmdale, CA

10/11: Last Exit – Phoenix, AZ

10/12: The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

10/13: Rock House – El Paso, TX

10/15: Beer City – Oklahoma City, OK

10/18: The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL

10/19: The Haven – Orlando, FL

10/20: The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

10/22: The Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC

10/23: Hooligan’s – Jacksonville, NC

ABOUT LYLVC

The story sounds perfectly suited for some nineties big screen cyberpunk epic… By day, a young woman hacks computer systems in order to test their security from outside threats on behalf of a financial company. By night, she fronts a genre-breaking band, fusing hard rock, hip-hop, electronica, and alternative into a fluid, focused, and fiery hybrid of styles as unpredictable as it is undeniable. This is LYLVC [pronounced “Lilac”]. The Raleigh, NC six-piece band—Alyse Zavala [clean vocals], Oscar Romero [rap vocals], Cam Gillette [keyboard, synth], Kenny Kaval [bass], Seth Morgan [guitar], and Ryan Powell [drums]—deliver a fiery and futuristic sonic synthesis on their 2022 independent debut EP, Perfect Drug. LYLVC’s new single “Undertow” releases on September 23rd, 2022 with a video directed by Scott Hansen capturing the fierce and powerful live performances they are quickly becoming known for. Touring and live performances are another enormous piece of LYLVC’s career and they shared stages with some pretty big names such as From Ashes to New, Puddle of Mudd, Fire From the Gods, and more.”

Indignu set to release “Adeus” on November 4th

Horizons may be courted by the darkest shadows but the light of hope and better times will always shine.

The four years since the release of ‘umbra’ has seen apocalypse aspiring change and turmoil descend the world, its impact surging down to the personal and it is that theme of upheaval which inspires ‘adeus’ the new album from INDIGNU.

The Portuguese post-rock veterans have persistently explored connections between life and the world whatever the contemplations and themes of their releases but maybe no more poignantly than within ‘adeus’ given the past two years. It is this ability and imagination aligned to just as innovative composing and craft which has led the Barcelos band into the arms of major acclaim and the recognition of being one of post rock’s most daring and unique propositions.

‘adeus’ sees INDIGNU at their most intrepid and compelling within their most evocative and haunting release yet. It presents five individual soundscapes united in an exploration of the darkest moments we can find before us. It is an album “inspired by loss and distance but rooted in the desire to walk through open doors and embrace whatever life holds in store for us”, those words echoed in every second and breath of a release which is as worldly cinematic as it is intensely intimate and embracing varied sense and levels of farewell and moving on.

The album’s lead track, ‘urge decifrar no céuis’, strikingly epitomises the journey within the release; moving from the deepest pain and shadows through dramatic realisation and towards the light of hope and inspiriting possibilities while subsequently celebrating the wonder of those left behind. It as the album also marks the rich craft and imagination of INDIGNU and a fresh sensitive touch and bold maturity which has further blossomed in their songwriting and sound.
‘adeus’ is a plateau stretching moment for INDIGNU and, as numerous voices are already sharing, for post rock. It is an experience which will invite tears of memory and experience, the cathartic exploration of reflection, and the release of hope and new excitement for life; it all in the knowing company and understanding of the album itself.

Recorded at Arda Recorders, in Porto, and mastered by Birgir Jón Birgisson (the Icelandic magician behind some of Bjork’s, Sigur Rós, Alcest, and Spiritualized pieces), “adeus” ​is set for ​release on November 4th via A Thousand Arms and dunk!records.

EVEN FLOW release Next Single Off Upcoming EP “Mediterraneo”

From the Italian island of Sardinia, proggers EVEN FLOW are unveiling their next single “Revelation Day” with a new lyric video. The track is off their forthcoming EP “Mediterraneo” due out on October 3rd, 2022. The track has a Catholic inspiration and is a song to be discovered musically in its entirety. Listen as the melodic parts are intertwined with their more progressive songwriting.

EVEN FLOW‘s new recording “Mediterraneo” follows their three EPs “Dream Weaver” (2008), “Mother” (2019), and “Flower Paths” (2013), and two albums “Life Has Just Begun” (2017) and “Ancient Memories (2011).

“Mediterreano” sees the band approaching the record with progressive metal in the rhythm with vocal lines oriented towards power metal with AOR eighties influences. Lyrically, the EP speaks of love, hope, sadness, and joy for the future. Guitarist Pietro Paolo Lunesu explains the record in further detail:

“The five songs that make up Mediterraneo are gloriously uplifting anthems that draw you from your world of cares and worries into an exhilarating musical realm of dreams. The songs are concise and finely honed, yet seem to contain an ever-expanding universe to explore within their duration. For example, the title track, ‘Mediterraneo’, is perhaps the EPs crowning glory, building through multiple layers, each more captivating than the last, but in truth every note from the first bombastic chords that usher in opener ‘Ocean Lies’ to the final spiraling guitar solo of ‘Mediterraneo’ is sheer melodic, progressive metal perfection.”

The EP was immaculately mixed and mastered by Michele Guaitoli (Visions Of Atlantis, Temperance) with spectacular artwork by Mickael Briot of Mythrid Art (Nightmare).

“Mediterraneo” also features Even Flow‘s new lineup with vocalist Marco Pastorino (Fallen Sanctuary, Temperance) and bassist Luca Negro (Temperance) joining the Lunesu brothers Pietro Paolo (guitar) and Giorgio (drums).

Track Listing:
1. Ocean Lies (5:12)
2. Ray of Light (4:50)
3. Leaves (2:54)
4. Revelation Day (3:00)
5. Mediterraneo (7:32)
EP Length: 23:30

Even Flow is:
Marco Pastorino: Vocals and Choirs
Pietro Paolo Lunesu: All Electric and Acoustic guitars
Giorgio Lunesu: Drums and Percussion
Luca Negro: Bass

LOST IN KIEV Unveils New Single “We Are”

Rupture Full-Length To See Release On October 21st Via Pelagic Records

French cinematic post-rock outfit LOST IN KIEV today unveils new single, “We Are.” The track comes by way of the band’s upcoming new full-length, Rupture, set for release on October 21st via Pelagic Records.

For over ten years, LOST IN KIEV has been creating massive, narrative-driven atmospheric rock opuses that have brought them to play on renowned festivals like Dunk!festival and AMFest, as well as on tours with acts like Enslaved and Maserati. After three years of pandemic-induced inertia, the four gentlemen from Paris return with their new record Rupture which sees them turn the page to a new chapter in their considerable career.

Recorded in a live-setting, Rupture concerns the band’s feelings about the drastic environmental changes that can be perceived all over the world. Casting their eco-angst into nine soaring and explorative tracks, LOST IN KIEV channels a sound that’s raw and pristine, reaching an emotive power beyond anything they’ve done before. “We Are” is the album’s opening theme, a pristine interplay of layered guitars and synths that erupts in a climax of digital noise. ⁠

Comments the band, “We are living…We are dying…With ‘We Are,’ a track bridging the gap from delicate electronic post-rock to noisy post-metal, we wanted to transcribe the emergence of a birth until a brutal and chaotic end through a winding and tumultuous life, it’s a tribute to all living things on earth. We are all the result of an incredible chance, and we are all the fruit of a delicate balance.”

Rupture Track Listing:

1. We Are

2. Prison Of Mind

3. Squaring The Circle

4. Another End Is Possible

5. But You Don’t Care

6. Solastalgia

7. Digital Flesh

8. Dichotomy

9. Rupture

Since the Paris Agreement of 2015, climate change has been a firm topic on the international political agenda, and one closely followed by the media. However, with the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the recent spikes in fuel and food prices, media attention to rising temperatures and vanishing ecosystems has waned a fair bit, so it comes at the right time that the French quartet reminds us of these pressing global issues.

Rupture is an album made to express how we feel about the breaking point between modern civilization and natural life,” explains guitarist/synth player Maxime Ingrand. “Planetary stability hangs by a thread because of too much consumption and other human activities, while many things (pollution, animal life, energy consumption) are at a tipping point. These are things that affect us and that we try to transcribe musically, both negatively and positively.”

These negative and positive poles are also found in the philosophy of Glenn Albrecht, the man who coined the title of the album’s first single “Solastalgia,” which could be defined as “emotional or existential distress caused by environmental change.” Albrecht argues that we can experience negative psychological effects from destructive changes to our domestic natural environment, but also that we can heal this damage by performing actions that heal this domestic ecosystem. This nature-versus-culture discourse also takes place on Rupture, where LOST IN KIEV creates moments of sublime beauty and rapture, that get distorted masterfully to create a sense of alienation and disillusion. These moments were captured in a powerful live recording session with Amaury Sauvé at The Apiary Studio in Laval. The live setting gives Rupture a directness which instantly beams your imagination to the main stage of the aforementioned post-rock festivals. Where previous albums like Nuit Noire (2016) and Persona (2019) featured a thoroughly produced tonal palette characterized by spoken word samples and the retro-futuristic use of synthesizers, Rupture has a rougher and more immediate sound.

The recognizable influence of Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre is still written all over this record, but in this live setting the synth lines of “Squaring The Circle” and “But You Don’t Care” come way up close, almost as if you’re there in the room with the band. What sets LOST IN KIEV apart from their peers is not only the perfection of their produced sound but also their composition and musicianship — on Rupture their experience oozes through the cracks. The confusion and dread are tangible in the lead guitar playing, the artful use of noise and distortion keeps you listening closely. While this album was still recorded with previous drummer Yoann Vermeulen, his successor Jérémie Legrand proved during the band’s recent tour with Maserati that he fts in seamlessly with his effortless and elegant playing. Each song is marked by a delicate balance between repetition and the introduction of new ideas, while every part feels appropriate and none of the musical ideas ever overstays their welcome. Even “Prison Of Mind,” almost a straight up melodic rock banger featuring Loïc Rossetti from The Ocean, amazes with its concise composition and creative use of vocal counterpoint during the song’s finale.

With Rupture, LOST IN KIEV has delivered another tour de force that surpasses their previous outings in many ways. Every song is pure melancholic ecstasy and rapture, while it also sees the band tread new ground. Going through various layers of dynamic composition, these nine tracks easily suck you into the band’s much needed narrative in which they lay bare their concerns and their anxieties. Rupture sees LOST IN KIEV at their most raw and authentic, and in a time where climate concerns need to be put back on the agenda, the album is a much-needed experience: a gripping portrait of mankind’s deteriorating relationship with its planet, this record will resonate with many fans of instrumental rock, both aesthetically and emotionally.

LOST IN KIEV:

Maxime Ingrand – guitar, synth

Dimitri Denat – guitar

Jean-Christophe Condette – bass, synth

Jérémie Legrand – drums

GROUND To Issue “Habitual Self-Abuse” LP

Premieres “Indurated Juvenescence” Video

New Jersey-based GROUND will unveil their fifth LP, Habitual Self-Abuse, through Hibernation Release in October, today issuing its cover art, track listing, preorders, and more as Decibel Magazine premieres a video for the lead single, “Indurated Juvenescence.”

False grind godfathers GROUND formed in 2012 and have since released a plethora of recordings including four prior albums, a split with Bandit, and more. Now a decade in, the band returns with a vengeance on their most violent and ambitious offering, Habitual Self-Abuse. Seamlessly blending their signature brand of searing grindcore, punk, powerviolence and slam, GROUND funnels the futile rage and anxiety associated with modern existence into eleven tracks of pure, adrenaline-fueled auditory assault. With Habitual Self-Abuse, the band cements themselves as a key component of the thriving East Coast metal scene and further their legacy as torch bearers of the underground. False Grind Forever.

Habitual Self-Abuse was engineered in March 2022 by AJ Viana at AJ Viana Productions in Hulmeville, Pennsylvania, with additional editing by Tiago “Canadas” Carvalho. The album was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, 200 Stab Wounds, R.A.M.B.O.) and completed with cover art by Tom Maher/Skull Bastard Art and photography by Albert Rende.

Decibel is hosting the exclusive video premiere of the video for the album’s first single, writing in part, “The first taste of the new album comes via the music video for ‘Indurated Juvenescence,’ which is basically a fancy way of saying ‘hardened youth.’ GROUND love powerviolence but they also love knuckledragger hardcore, combining the two for a track that blasts and grooves in equal measure. ‘Indurated Juvenescence’ hits even harder upon reading the lyrics, a candid expression of mental health.”

The band’s Mike Mayo states, “‘Indurated Juvenescence’ is about missing out on your youth because you’re too wrapped up in trying to work through undiagnosed/misunderstood mental health issues. The older you get, the more you realize how much you missed out on, and it could’ve all been avoided if seeking access to mental health care was made easier, more affordable, and didn’t have such a stigma attached to it. Frank Haung (Max Volume Silence) did an excellent job creating a visual representation of how governments and society intentionally mislead our troubled youth for their own agenda. Putting a firearm in the hands of someone with untreated mental health issues, whether they’re in the military, law enforcement, or they’re a civilian, can have catastrophic effects as we all unfortunately already know.”

Habitual Self-Abuse Tracking List:

1. Injustice Collector

2. Couch Potato

3. Virtual Signal Boost

4. Shafted

5. Tastemaker

6. Stand-Up Guy

7. Habitual Self-Abuse

8. Mental Health Matters

9. Indurated Juvenescence

10. Digital Pacifier

11. Conscious Denial

GROUND:

Michael Thomas – bass/vocals

Mike Mayo – guitars/vocals

Phil Parenti – vocals

Zak Costello – drums/vocals