The End of Days
Anyone who’s been following MTV lately would probably tell you that society, especially with regard to music, has already imploded on itself and is currently eating its own waste to stay alive. Others would argue, however, that there are still a few signs of life outside of the ruins. Lorn is one of the artists hiding out patiently on the sidelines of civilization, waiting for the pulse to flatline. If the world was actually facing Armageddon, Debris would become our global anthem. The six track EP sounds like destruction and collapse on the grandest scale. It’s heavy on thickly textured and overbearing melodies coupled with reverberating percussion and moments of complete discord that coalesce into surprisingly good music, dark as it may be.
The opening track “Inverted” fades in like a lonely submarine surfacing to burning, poisoned air off the shore of a crumbling city. Looped arpeggios twist and fade as the last 30 seconds of the intro track break into some kind of apocalyptic dubstep-inspired demolition anthem. The title track takes on a more ambient sound, or maybe it would be more appropriate to simply call it noise. “Bury Your Brother” brings a heavy tribal influence to the table. Throughout Debris, a very destructive tone pervades. Lorn seem obsessed with doom, as though he’s not only contemplated the end of the world, he’s also planned it out himself in great detail.
Some musicians bring people down with their somber tone and depressing lyrical content. Others, like Lorn, prefer to use a sonic quality that is simply riddled with destruction and devoid of hope. Strangely enough, much of Debris is still backed by a strong and rhythmic hip-hop influence, making it occasionally as catchy as it is dark. Debris is a soundtrack for a post-apocalyptic world, and it’s a pretty good one too. So it seems civilization and music are not dead yet. People everywhere can rest assured that as the apocalypse approaches, artists like Lorn are working hard on music that will fit the new world of scorched Earth and desolated cities. Hopefully someone will still be around to listen.