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Exclusive Track Premiere: Lesser Life, “Anticosmic Invocation”

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This past summer, the editors of MetalSucks hand-picked ten unsigned bands from an open application process to record at Converse Rubber Tracks — Converse’s completely free, state-of-the-art recording studio — in either Brooklyn, NY with producer Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Suicide Silence, Exhumed), or Boston, MA, with producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, High on Fire, Torche). In the weeks leading up to the recording sessions, we previewed each band, and in the coming weeks we’ll be premiering the finished tracks from all ten! Today, we feature Lesser Life from North Carolina.

More death-grind bands ought to sound like Lesser Life, because these North Carolinians prove that what’s been so hard for so many bands to achieve is actually possible: breakdowns with a purpose.

They’re also a whole lot more than simply death-grind; elements of sludge, post-metal and old school Swedish death metal creep into their sound. But when Lesser Life get to blasting, good lord, they do it fucking well; there’s a 20-second section in the middle of “Anticosmic Invocation” that’d put Napalm Death to shame in its pure ferocity. And then, oh hey, speaking of those breakdowns… there’s one that closes out the song — over a minute long — that’s punctuated by pig squeals that’ll make any actual pig within a 100 mile radius head for the high hills. It’s a helluva way to close things out.

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