Monstrorum Historia is the upcoming album from Australian band Lo! who play a devastating mixture of sludge and Hardcore. This young group of four musicians from Sydney have been turning heads of late with some very impressive live performances. In fact they have been so good, that they have been awarded a support slot with Swedish post metal septet Cult of Luna. The timing could not have been better as the follow up to their well-received debut Look And Behold coincides perfectly with this tour. Crestfallen piano keys raise the curtain of Monstrorum Historia on opening track ‘As Above’. This well placed instrumental sets the tone of the record superbly. The slow and menacing growl of guitars and drums erupt in a bombardment of noise that builds the listener’s anticipation incomparably, before the arrival of ‘Bloody Vultures’, which detonates almost immediately to reveal a blast-beat ridden barrage of pent up disquietude. The crushing attack of ‘Fallen Leaves’ hits like a hammer blow to the temple and the ‘from the gut’ vocal performance of Jamie-Leigh Smith is incredibly powerful against the backdrop of sound created by his band-mates ‘Lichtenberg Figures’ features some violently fluctuating riffage, much like those churned out by Atlanta heavy weights Mastodon (who are one of the band’s main influences). If you are lucky enough to have tickets to this tour be sure to get there early, Lo! could be worth the entry price alone.
Carl Whitbread (Guitar), Adrian Shapiro (Bass), Adrian Griffin (Drums), Jamie-Leigh Smith (Vocals).