| Raleigh, NC metal band Lightning Born, featuring bassist Mike Dean (Corrosion of Conformity), vocalist Brenna Leath (The Hell No), drummer Doza Hawes (Mega Colossus, ex-Bloody Hammers; ex-Hour of 13) and guitarist Erik Sugg (Demon Eye) will release its debut LP, ‘Lightning Born‘, on June 21 via Ripple Music.
In advance of the record’s release, Lightning Born debuts a video for the song “Renegade” via Consequence of Sound / Heavy Consequence, and of which Dean says,“Renegade” is like 1960s TV show theme jazz, drastically simplified for high volume rock-band presentation (a la early Black Sabbath with a short attention span). We thought we would try to swing at a higher velocity.” Watch Lightning Born‘s “Renegade” video at this location.
Another taste of Lightning Born‘s flash can be experienced now as REVOLVER debuts the Lightning Born song / video, “Shifting Winds“, saying, “Taking cues from genre forebears Black Sabbath, the sludgy track ambles through several leaden, downtempo riffs before vocalist Brenna Leath’s haunting wail enters with a tale of fiery destruction and rebirth”. The animated clip was created by artist Costin Chioreanu for Twilight13 Media (Ghost, Darkthrone, Triptykon). See and hear Lightning Born‘s “Shifting Winds” at this location.
Formed in 2016, Lightning Born plays heirloom doom metal forged by previous generations and full of practiced rawness, washed out and sandblasted with layers of fuzz. The band’s sound is based in an offshoot blues language, gently mournful, that descends into iconic gloom, buttressed by the commanding vocals of Leath, whose lyrical landscape aerates themes of revolution, mortality, brotherhood, consequence, colonization, nihilism, oppression, and revolution.
As to Lightning Born‘s formation, Dean explains, “I share a studio, where we have done most of the work on the last several COC records. I traded some studio time for a 2” analog tape machine and started making records with local musicians. One of those was Brenna Leath, whose voice and songwriting blew me away when she came in with her punk band, The Hell No.”
“On another occasion I had the opportunity to work with an accomplished retro doom / proto-metal band called Demon Eye. They recorded an album called “Prophecies and Lies” with me. Singer / guitarist Erik Sugg mentioned that he and Brenna were teaming up on some new material with a drummer namer “Dozer” or “Dosa”, something like that. It turns out to was Doza Hawes whose main gig, outside of writing robotics manuals, was playing over the top Iron Maiden style drums in Mega Colossus. My impression was that this would be a retro alternate universe aesthetic and I was excited. They mentioned they needed a bass player and I must have invited myself to try out. We made recordings on the run, after work, and between tours. Eventually we had a record, and we are, Ripple Music recording artists.”
Prior to recording its debut, the freshly anointed Lightning Born honed its sound on stage, performing over two dozen live sets at high profile shows with The Obsessed, Lo-Pan, Earthless, The Sword, Ruby the Hatchet, Red Fang and more as well as appearances at the Maryland Doom Fest and Hopscotch Music Festival.