11 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the grandiose orchestral intro to “The Worst in Me,” it’s evident that Like Moths to Flames’ debut will be a monumental mountain of metalcore. The Columbus, Ohio–based quintet specializes in gargantuan breakdowns and towering choruses. Singer Chris Roetter (former frontman for Emarosa) steps up his game here as he commands the band with a feral rasp, sounding like his favorite cocktail includes rusty carpet tacks and turpentine. He ushers in Lance Greenfield’s propulsive drumming in “Gnf” with a deep guttural growl before railing against the song’s antagonist: an emotional neophyte about to be lyrically sucker-punched as Roetter drops his weighty words like anvils. The brooding start of “No Hope” detonates into a sonic cavalcade of chaos before a melodic chorus rises from the ashen ruins. The razor-honed lashings get more brutal in “You Won’t Be Missed,” where a similar contrast of heavy verses and melodic choruses hoist up a triumphant life-after-abuse sentiment in the chorus, making good on the song's title. The standout song “Your Existence” begs to be blasted from the Ozzfest stage.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the grandiose orchestral intro to “The Worst in Me,” it’s evident that Like Moths to Flames’ debut will be a monumental mountain of metalcore. The Columbus, Ohio–based quintet specializes in gargantuan breakdowns and towering choruses. Singer Chris Roetter (former frontman for Emarosa) steps up his game here as he commands the band with a feral rasp, sounding like his favorite cocktail includes rusty carpet tacks and turpentine. He ushers in Lance Greenfield’s propulsive drumming in “Gnf” with a deep guttural growl before railing against the song’s antagonist: an emotional neophyte about to be lyrically sucker-punched as Roetter drops his weighty words like anvils. The brooding start of “No Hope” detonates into a sonic cavalcade of chaos before a melodic chorus rises from the ashen ruins. The razor-honed lashings get more brutal in “You Won’t Be Missed,” where a similar contrast of heavy verses and melodic choruses hoist up a triumphant life-after-abuse sentiment in the chorus, making good on the song's title. The standout song “Your Existence” begs to be blasted from the Ozzfest stage.

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About Like Moths to Flames

Emerging from Dayton, Ohio in 2010, Like Moths to Flames hit the ground running from their inception and haven't had the time to look back. The band came together after singer Chris Roetter (formerly of Agraceful and Emarosa) and bassist Aaron Evans (of TerraFirma) decided to collaborate after their respective bands had broken up. Not wasting any time, the two recruited guitarists Zach Huston and Eli Ford and drummer Lance Greenfield, and by the end of the year the band had signed to Rise Records and released its Sweet Talker EP. In 2011, the band made its full-length debut on Rise with When We Don't Exist, which found the fledgling metalcore outfit breaking onto the Billboard Heatseekers chart with its bludgeoning, breakdown-heavy sound. Recorded with Will Putney at The Machine Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, An Eye for an Eye dropped in 2013, followed in 2015 by The Dying Things We Live For. In September 2017, Like Moths to Flames issued the single "Nowhere Left to Sink" in anticipation of the release of their fourth studio long-player, Dark Divine, which arrived later that October. ~ Gregory Heaney

ORIGIN
Dayton, OH
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2010

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