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. The band's third full-length is done as of spring 2019, and upon completion of the Flesh Coffin touring cycle, they signed a deal with Century Media Records. Immortal, their third full-length, will be released in early 2020.
As of December 23, 2019, CJ McCreery has been fired from the band following numerous accusations of serial Domestic Abuse and sexually predatory behavior. After some deliberation, the decision was made to release Immortal on its originally scheduled date, and the band has stated in unambiguous terms that they are not breaking up. Adam would later go on to state in an interview that they were in talks with an extremely strong candidate for a new vocalist. Popular rumor placed Will Ramos (ex-A Wake in Providence) as their new vocalist, and while an official announcement has still yet to be made, fans who have seen them on their first post-CJ show have confirmed Ramos' presence in the band. His status is still unknown; Ramos has repeatedly stated that he is just a live session member, while the other members have told individual fans that the job is his if he wants it and that he is the guy for them as far as they are concerned. With touring currently off the table due to COVID-19, the band is currently working on new material, and Austin also stated in a podcast that an instrumental version of Immortal was coming in the near future, while an Updated Re-release with new vocal tracks is also being worked on.
- 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)
- Immortal (2020)
LEFT ALIVE! I! CANNOT TROPE!:
- Ascended Extra: Andrew O'Connor started out as a live fill-in in early 2019 and did the tours for that year before being made full-time around the end of the year. According to the band, they had originally assumed that he would just be a hired gun, but he was so enthusiastic and showed so much hustle that they knew he had to be made a full member. This was also apparently how Austin joined; he was a kid in high school playing in local bands who used to hang out and smoke weed with Tom, and when Scott Cooper left the band, he immediately asked Austin if he wanted to fill in for a show they had that same week.
- 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 melodic, technical deathcore act before taking a heavier 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.
- Despair Event Horizon: Their primary lyrical theme during Tom's run, especially on Flesh Coffin.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Triumph was a melodic metalcore album, while Bone Kingdom was much more melodic and tech-based than their later material, with a sound highly reminiscent of early Within the Ruins. 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 primary songwriter and the band has collectively agreed that if he ever has to leave, Lorna Shore will no longer exist, but Austin plays a major role in the song editing process and is just as much the core of the band as Adam is.
- Iconic Logo: Both the "LS" coffin and the Immortal stick effigy have become this, as per Austin, they came up with the former for an easy universal calling card that they could put on merch, and one of the signs that the band had made it was when they began finding numerous photos on social media of fans getting the coffin tattooed on them.
- 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.
- Lead Drummer: Austin Archey is easily the single most recognizable member of the band, as he is the second-oldest member next to Adam De Micco and plays a major role in the songwriting process, is friends with almost everyone in large portions of the metalcore and deathcore scenes, and is known for his frequent appearances in the touring circuit as a fill-in, roadie, or tech.
- Lyrical Cold Open: "BOUND WITHIN PURGATORY!"
- Man on Fire: "Offering of Fire", along with Driven to Suicide.
- Meaningful Name: As per Adam, Immortal was chosen as a title because Lorna Shore had, on their own, survived multiple occurrences that would have broken most bands up, and just refused to quit despite their perennial bad luck (and this was before the CJ incident, though he was going to be fired anyways even if that hadn't happened).
- 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 was 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, as well as Immortal, 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 heavier and less melodic, 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".
- Immortal introduced prominent Symphonic Metal elements and was also significantly heavier, with numerous slam breaks and the usage of seven-string guitars on multiple tracks.
- 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.
- Shout-Out: They were apparently named after a onetime Batman love interest by an old guitarist.
- Small Name, Big Ego: CJ, even before he was kicked out. He didn't even particularly like being in the band, hated touring (and would constantly bitch and complain about petty things while on tour and was regularly rude to fans and other bands), would regularly decide he just didn't feel like going onstage and ditch his bandmates for the night, half-assed the recording process for Immortal, and generally did the absolute bare minimum. In short, he treated the band as an ego boost and clout generator and little else, and Adam stated in no uncertain terms that he was only looking out for himself and did not care one bit about his bandmates.
- Symphonic Metal: They introduced prominent elements of this on Immortal.
- Teen Genius: Austin Archey was only eighteen when he joined 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: Subverted with CJ, as he wasn't even really a friend to begin with; he wore out his welcome very quickly and quickly became a thorn in the side of his bandmates (and picked up a rep in the touring world for being a gigantic Jerkass who was to be avoided as much as possible), and even before he was outed, they were sick of his shit and were gearing up to fire him just for being a lazy, selfish prick. Also currently subverted with Tom; both Adam and Austin (especially the latter, who went off on him on Twitter at the time) were initially not at all happy with him about it, but as Tom has settled into Chelsea Grin and Lorna Shore has settled into life without Tom and both acts have flourished, they have been quite happy to abandon all hard feelings and ill will and be friends again.