Hard-to-pigeonhole black metal-centered outfit Lord Almighty recently announced their upcoming second album, Wither. Set for release on Friday, October 16th. It is the follow up to the group’s 2015 debut album, Paths. The Boston-based group has been active since 2013 and continues to craft a unique crushing mix of black metal blasts and rock and roll melodics that is stylistically ever-evolving into the present.
Although the band’s base inclination is rooted in black metal past and present, their love for NWOBHM, sludge, hardcore, blues rock, and more elevates Wither far beyond being merely another black metal release with nothing new to offer. If you could fathom Darkthrone, Kvelertak, and Trash Talk joining forces with Mastodon, ZZ Top, and Thin Lizzy, you’d arrive at the expansive and fluid approach to cross-genre pollination Lord Almighty is incredibly adept at.
The band partnered with Invisible Oranges to premiere an early single, “Adrift”, which is paired with a beautifully shot music video.
You can check out Lord Almighty – “Adrift” HERE
You can also listen to prior single “Cry of the Earth” HERE
Invisible Oranges comments on the premiere of “Adrift”
“Lord Almighty showcases how progressive combinations of extreme metal can bring the raw, heavy facets of their ingredients to the forefront. The heavy dose of sludge here on “Adrift,” as well as the black-‘n’-roll that briefly makes an appearance, are not tacked on to check boxes, nor do they draw the song out. Everything is in its ideal, natural place here, measured out exactingly.
Notably, the blackened, rock-oriented riff that kicks off the second half of the song lasts an almost painfully short period of time to me, but the impact and menace it brings is crucial to the structure of the track. That fits with the rest of Wither, which draws from an impressive array of influences and styles without simply showing them off in a round-robin fashion.
It’s not a full expedition into the whirlwind of styles in Lord Almighty’s intense approach to progressive black metal, but “Adrift” is a vivid snapshot of the awaiting mayhem.”
Lord Almighty – Wither Pre-order Links
Lord Almighty – Wither Tracklisting
1. Cry of the Earth
9. Hour by Hour
11. Hooded Three
Lord Almighty – Wither Line-Up
Keenan Carroll – Vox/Guitars
Samuel “Goose” Willgoose – Lead Guitars
Phill Gelinas – Bass Guitar
Christopher Narainen – Drums
Social Media Links
@lordalmightymetal on Instagram