After their critically acclaimed debut album Look and Behold (Pelagic Records 2011), Lo!, hailing from Sydney, Australia, are now back with their second album Monstrorum Historia… and it really is a monster of an album, an angry beast spitting nails and fire in every direction. One of the refreshing things about this band is the way they weave different styles of music into their own, heavy garment: there are plenty of faster parts, relentlessly driven by heavy-hitting drummer Adrian Griffin’s extraordinary playing, but there are also slow, doomy, atmospheric passages that suck the listener into Lo!’s dark cosmos. There are anthemic metal riffs, but there is also the energy of the more abrasive side of hardcore in their songs, represented by bands like Cursed or Black Breath…
“Lo! have come to remind you of glorious times, times when Mastodon were using samples of Jurassic Park to kick off their records”,Metal Hammer (UK) wrote about Look and Behold, and Big Cheese added: “this gang of Australian brawlers sound like Beecher and Converge going at it in a cage match… sludgy hardcore hasn’t sounded this good in ages!”
Good things are lined up at the band’s horizon: after a very active year 2012 in Australia, including shows with Russian Circles, Doomriders, Sleep and The Ocean, Lo! are finally coming over to Europe this spring – to support Cult of Luna and The Ocean on their upcoming tour. Lo! have also been confirmed for a performance at Roadburn and Impetus Festivals in April. Make sure to check them out live, as they are truly a sight to behold on stage!