Full thoughts on this album:
This is a far cry from a lot of modern deathcore I've heard; the combination of deathcore, tech death, and symphonic black metal is something I've rarely heard, let alone executed this well.
While there is still a large focus on breakdowns and being heavy and "brutal," where Lorna Shore really shine is writing catchy melodic riffs and keyboard melodies; seriously, this is abnormally catchy for a deathcore album.
I went into this expecting a ham-fisted, disjointed attempt at trying to stand out by incorporating symphonic black metal elements into their sound. To my surprise, I was completely wrong—this album is legitimately ambitious and doesn't why away from experimentation whatsoever.
Even from the beginning, Immortal starts off with an incredibly triumphant and uplifting chorus, with one of my favorite moments on the album where the guitars and keyboards ascend to create an unbelievably massive and satisfying sound.
My only criticism concerns a very nitpicky element—the production. Let's be real here, this doesn't sound all that differently produced than a lot of typical modern stuff. Very crisp and compressed, clicky bass drums, focus on mixing the vocals super high in the mix.
However, this album's phenomenal songwriting shines through these criticisms with some of the most inventive and intricately tight writing and musicianship I've heard in recent times.
9/10, has potential to grow on me even more.