The United States of America is a vast area.
It’s home to many bands, many creative minds and it is tough for many to stick out amongst the grain over ever new names.
However, Virginia homegrown Hardcore outfit, LORD are sadly only a slightly imperfection that protrudes from the slab and mass of acts that they are competing alongside.
They do enough to make their upcoming release Blacklisted, (due out on May 26 2017 via Heavy Hound Records) have some belly to it. But it’s not enough to solidify a truly meaningful impact.
The lyrical cliche of the “destruction of Earth” does feel quite contrived but it is a point that does need running home for most of us as we blindly take away from our planet without fear of consequence. I’m glad they have adopted this lyrical standpoint, but it comes at a cost when it doesn’t compete or compare to bands such as ARCHITECTS who already do this perfectly as an example.
The only song that truly shined and resonated the most was The Heart of a Hero, due to it’s well engineered, beautiful introduction and progressions that transition throughout as the song hurtles to the end.
In order for LORD to progress, they must try to consider what genre they predominantly wish to use to pave their way forward. As they are labelled as Hardcore band, but don’t show many indications of the genre. However, the hybridization of multiple genre’s must be applauded and commended.
There is strong potential deep within this collective, but it needs to be brought to the surface with more care and vigilance. The next release should show more promise, growth and development.