Lorna Shore is an American deathcore band. Once just one of many lowly MySpace bands, their tenacity, determination, and musical growth into a unique form of blackened deathcore has helped slowly but surely build them into a rapidly-growing name in the genre.
Formed in Warren County, New Jersey in 2010 by Tom Barber (vocals), Aaron Brown, Jeff Moskovciak (guitars), Gary Herrera (bass), and Scott Cooper (drums) as a metalcore act, the band almost immediately put out Triumph, their debut EP. Brown left very shortly after the band formed, however, and Adam De Micco replaced him the following year. This lineup embarked on a small regional run up and down the Northeast before tracking Bone Kingdom, which came out around the beginning of 2012, though Moskovciak and Cooper left at some point during the year. The former was not replaced right away, but Austin Archey jumped in to replace the latter. The band kept on grinding throughout 2012 and 2013, and by the end of 2013, Maleficium, their third EP, had dropped and made something of a splash online. The buzz that they had gained allowed them to gain spots on multiple tours with major acts, and a decent amount of 2014 was spent on the road. Connor Deffley also wound up joining around either the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015, rounding out the lineup for the first time since 2011. This lineup went on to track and release Psalms, their full-length debut, in June of 2015, which was hailed as a remarkably mature and well-thought-out release from a promising new band. The next year or so was devoted to touring the hell out of the album, and by the end of the year, they had already run back into the studio for their second full-length. Flesh Coffin was released in February of 2017 to excellent reviews, but Gary Herrera also announced his departure around the same time, citing general burnout. The band continued onward with a full year of touring, but a bigger shock came in April of 2018: Tom Barber had replaced Alex Koehler in Chelsea Grin and had left Lorna Shore. The band stated that they were not calling it quits, and after many rumors about the new vocalist, a still image from a new video was shown on Twitter that confirmed the rumors that CJ McCreery had joined, followed by an official announcement that spelled it out. "This Is Hell", a standalone single, was released in September of 2018 as their first work with McCreery.
- Triumph (2010) (EP)
- Bone Kingdom (2012) (EP)
- Maleficium (2013) (EP)
- Psalms (2015)
- The Absolution of Hatred (2015) (single)
- Flesh Coffin (2017)
- This Is Hell (2018) (single)
- Darkest Spawn (2019) (single)
The band contains examples of the following tropes:
- Black Metal: Started adding in some elements of it on Maleficium and made it an extremely prominent part of their sound on Flesh Coffin.
- Deathcore: Became this with Bone Kingdom and started out as a chuggy, breakdown-centric act before taking a more technical direction on Maleficium, followed by a more blackened one on Psalms and especially Flesh Coffin. While they still do not debate the fact that they are a deathcore band, they are much less heavy on the "core" part of the sound these days.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Triumph was a melodic metalcore album, while Bone Kingdom was much chuggier and more breakdown-oriented than their later material. Even Maleficium, while certainly more reflective of the band's current style, had more breakdowns and was more tech-oriented, with only some trace blackened elements.
- I Am the Band: Zigzagged with Adam De Micco; he is the sole songwriter, but the other members do have creative input.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: "This Is Hell", which really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone familiar with CJ McCreery's work with Signs of the Swarm. While he generally enunciates his mids fairly well, the man's highs and especially his lows have always been completely incomprehensible.
- In Name Only: They have no remaining founders as of 2018, though Adam De Micco and Austin Archey have been in the band for the bulk of their career, and De Micco has been the sole songwriter for quite some time now.
- Metalcore: Started out as a standard (if not somewhat heavier) melodic metalcore act on Triumph. They don't like to talk about it too much.
- Metal Scream: Tom Barber was famous for his hoarse, shout-like lows that were somewhere between a Type 1 and a Type 2, as well as his fairly standard Type 3 highs, while CJ McCreery is equally famous for his guttural Type 2 lows that are best described as slam gurgles done with tunnel throat, as well as his shrill, squawk-like Type 3 highs.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Hard 10 for everything from Bone Kingdom to Psalms, standard 10 for Flesh Coffin. Triumph was a soft 10.
- New Sound Album: Numerous.
- Bone Kingdom was a Genre Shift to deathcore.
- Maleficium was significantly more technical and less breakdown-focused, as well as introducing the blackened elements that would later dominate their sound.
- Flesh Coffin reduced the tech and significantly expanded on the blackened elements that were introduced on Maleficium and expanded upon with Psalms and overall greatly emphasized the "blackened" part of "blackened deathcore".
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: They have not had a bassist since Gary Herrera left in 2017. Mike "Moke" Yager may have originally been slated to join in 2019, but for whatever reason, it didn't happen.
- Rapunzel Hair: Tom Barber, though he usually tied it in a man bun during his time in the band.
- Walking the Earth: How Austin Archey lives. When he's not on tour with Lorna Shore, he's usually on the road as a tech, merch guy, or fill-in for another band, and he generally spends very little time at home.
- We Used to Be Friends: In a video interview, Tom Barber stated that he honestly wasn't sure how his bandmates felt about his jump to Chelsea Grin. Austin Archey more or less answered this in a Twitter post that accused Barber of using the band that he helped build up and the bandmates whose blood, sweat, and tears were shed along with his along the way for short-sighted personal gain while acting like the accomplishment was his alone, straight-up referring to him as a "complete loser".