Combining intricate riffs and furious rhythms with anthemic, cascading vocals, LestWeForget’s unique brand of progressive metal synthesizes those two most disparate of things – the complex and the catchy.
Praised especially by BBC Introducing’s Dave Gilyeat, LestWeForget’s 2017 release ‘Sweet Serenity’, mastered by TesseracT’s Acle Kahney, is the most emphatic manifesto of their style to date, and can be listened to on Spotify alongside their wider back catalog.
Since appearing to a crowd of 6,000 at the Proud2 in London’s 02 Arena during the final of Live and Unsigned, at which the band played for high-profile industry professionals such as Kerrang!’s Alex Baker, LestWeForget have obtained notable support slots with bands such as Yashin, Fearless Vampire Killers, Press to Meco, Wars, Chapter and Verse, and Martyr de Mona, among others.
They have sold out the 02 Academy 2 in Oxford, and have performed at prestigious live venues across the country, including The Fleece in Bristol, which hosted the band for a show in which they were the headlining touring act. They will return to the 02 Academy, Oxford, as headliners in February 2019, alongside Cypher16.
LestWeForget continues to work as an exciting and inventive force in the UK scene and today they are back with their latest single, Zero Won. This is their first release with new guitarist/vocalist Paul Heavey. And I must say that like Heavey’s clean vocals better than the previous singer. While there is nothing spectacular about his voice, he has a good range and less gravelly than his predecessor, which I think makes for a better juxtaposition when the shouting vocals kick in. The riffs are still technical and heavy but I find it more melodic than previous releases. Part of it is due to the fact that there is less of the growling type vocals in this new single (which fits my personal tastes just fine), but also in that they have written a catchy heavy tune with progressive overtones. Production-wise, there is a lot of low end in the mix, but yet it’s not muddy, and rather adds to the heaviness of the sound. I’m going to be very interested to hear what the rest of this record will sound like when it comes out in the spring. For me Zero Won it’s a solid 8/10
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