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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Metal Hardcore


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"Lo! album review"

When, untrumpeted, Lo! arrived with their stellar debut, Look And Behold, an impressive pedigree (Omerata, 28 Days, Huntsmen) did little to prepare audiences for what this beast was; an assault, an expansive dominance of all things 'heavy' and musical. Lo! were hardcore, or metal, or doom, or sludge, it didn't matter, they were all of the above and more importantly fucking good. And they still are.

Album two, Monstrorum Historia, continues the trend. It's a heady mix of tense ominousness trapped in bleak, sludgy riffs that breaks out into moments of frantic freneticism, the transition between the two occurring, often multiple times, in the space of a single song – as on Ghost Promenade, Bleak Vanity and Palisades Of Fire, where Jamie-Leigh Smith's vocals are at their most impressive – or deftly across tracks, as in the transition from the desperate and angry gallop of Caruncula to the instrumental ghost town Western that is Haven, Beneath Weeping Willows, or the cruel bleak atmospherics of Crooked Path: The Strangers Ritual, which explode into the album's first single, Lichtenberg Figures.

It's invigorating, morbid, terrifying and further proof that Lo! are one of the most interesting and talented proponents of heavy music in Australia right now. While the rest of the pack capitalise on the rising popularity of pristine and soulless made-for-nightclub metal, this foursome just do it right. They've just embarked on their first European tour and Monstrorum Historia points as to why; this is world class. - The Music


Look and Behold - Pelagic Records 2011
Monstrorum Historia - Pelagic Records 2013
The Tongueless (EP) - Pelagic Records 2014


Feeling a bit camera shy


Akin to the way a volcano can lie dormant for years before unexpectedly unleashing it’s mighty wrath on everything within reach, Sydney band Lo! kept a pretty low profile, until their thunderous debut in 2010.

Conceived in 2006 by guitarist Carl Whitbread after the disbanding of his previous band Omerata, Lo! is made up of four “old hands” of the Sydney music scene. Adrian Shapiro on bass, Adrian Griffin on drums and Sam Dillon is the man delivering the militant vocal assault that has heads talking.

Lo! toured Europe in 2013 supporting Swedish band Cult of Luna and Germans The Ocean. They also played slots on the incredible Roadburn in Holland, Asymmetry Festival in Poland and Impetus Festival in France.

In Australia, Lo! have shared the stage with countless amazing local bands across the country and have supported internationals such as Doomriders, Russian Circles, Eyehategod, Burning Love, Ringworm, Corrosion of Conformity, The Ocean and Palm.

Word travels fast, and the band’s cleverly crafted, sludge-inspired metal found it’s way to Germany and into the ears of Pelagic Records owner Robin Staps, who was quick to offer the band a deal. Early reviews coming out of Europe suggest that although Lo! follow bands like Old Man Gloom on their path down the dirt-trail of sludgy, noisy hardcore, the band has their own distinct, and fresh direction.

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