And Lorna Shore’s New Vocalist is…
… Will Ramos of Monument of a Memory, formerly of A Wake in Providence.
Lorna Shore have yet to announce the news officially, but Ramos made his debut with the band earlier tonight (March 6) in Germany on the first show of the band’s European tour with Decapitated, Beyond Creation, Ingested and Viscera, and it wasn’t long before astute fans had sleuthed out his identity. Ramos posted “big announcements coming soon” on his personal Instagram a couple of weeks back but has also yet to confirm the news.
Former vocalist CJ McCreery was ousted back in December amongst several allegations of physical and emotional abuse by former partners. The band would go on to release their upcoming album, Immortal, with CJ’s vocals on it, as well as a music video featuring him, despite a public outcry from many not to do so.
Expect an update regarding Ramos’s role in Lorna Shore to be issued soon.
Lorna Shore Vocalist Will Ramos on Inspiration, Internet Comments, and Joining One of His Favourite Bands
By their own admission, the last 18 months for New Jersey blackened deathcore band Lorna Shore have been challenging, to say the least. Controversy hit the group just as they were about to drop their monumental Immortal album with the pandemic then pulling the rug out from any touring plans.
Regrouping, the band recently announced their return with new vocalist Will Ramos who made his entrance with a jaw-dropping, inhuman display on recent single “To The Hellfire.” Following the release of the single, taken from their just-released new EP, …And I Return To Nothingness (read our review here), we had a chat with Will to find out about his part in the last year and a half, and what fans of the band can expect from him.
Hey Will, thanks for taking the time to talk to us, really appreciate it. How is everything?
Will Ramos: “Appreciate it. Things are very good. I’m trying to stay busy out here, you know, between work and music and all that stuff. Good things happening.”
So what do you do when you’re not screaming for Lorna Shore?
“Well, I actually work in the film industry. Yeah, I’m a freelancer which totally works out with the whole music thing. On the other hand, it’s one of those things where, you know, long hours, long days, and this is just another one of those days. It’s great though.”
That’s awesome. In the last few months, you’ve been officially announced as the new vocalist for Lorna Shore. We wanted to find out a bit more about you especially considering the amount of attention your vocals have been getting after the release of “To The Hellfire.”
Do you remember your early musical experiences?
“Oh, yeah, man. My first ever band that I was ever in was called Secrets Don’t Sleep and I swear to God, I had no idea what I was doing. I thought I did but it’s like, I go back now and look at the music video that we put out, what feels like years and years ago, I think it was like 2014, and I didn’t. It’s kind of cool because I can see the progress of how I was and then like, where I am now. But yeah, I can see that like, ok, you know, I thought I knew what I was doing but, no, I obviously have a better grasp of what I’m doing now.”
Do you remember discovering extreme music? Who was the band that turned you on to that style?
“This is the craziest thing. It was Lamb of God. I remember being in high school and at the time I played guitar. I didn’t even do vocals or anything. Yeah, my friend was like, ‘Oh, dude, you play guitar?’ I was playing classic rock and stuff. I was so lame. I mean, it was all sick, I’m not going to lie, but it wasn’t like what we’re doing. Anyway, my dude was like, ‘you got to listen to this band, check out Lamb of God and like, Whitechapel.’ At the time I thought these bands were a little bit too hard but I just kept listening to it and soon I was like, ‘Dude, this shit is awesome’ and I just totally jumped right into it. Now here I am. I guess that was those are literally the beginning days. I remember them like they were yesterday.”
Ok, so is there a particular vocalist who really inspires you because I know you’ve talked about being a massive Lorna Shore fan before you joined the band?
“So at the time, like, when I was younger, bands like Infant Annihilator were coming out when Dan Watson was still in the band. I remember there was nobody like it. It was one of those things where Infant Annihilator is the hardest band ever, period. So, you know what, I said, ‘I’m always going to, let me try and replicate these vocals.’
It’s one of those things where it’s easy to you know, replicate, or it’s not easy, but like when you’re replicating a vocalist that is only doing it studio, the studio people, they tend to allow fewer gaps between vocals so it just goes right into the next ones. You’re not doing it live anyway. Then, it was one of those things where, I would be doing it live anyway, regardless of the fact that you’re not supposed to do it live. That was one of those big ‘ok, like, this is definitely what I want to do.’ So, yeah, Infant Annihilator was definitely one of the biggest influences growing up.”
I’ve just seen your Spiritbox cover on YouTube recently. Have you seen the guy that’s covered “To the Hellfire” in one take?
“I’ve seen a couple there’s so many. Which one specifically?”
The one that does it in one take?
“Man, there have been so many.”
I just wonder because there’s been a lot of reaction when the single came out especially to your vocals. Do you pay much attention to that because it was all complimentary?
“I definitely do. It’s one of those things where there’s always people that are just like, ‘Oh, my God, this is awesome,’ and then there’s always that one person that’s like, ‘Oh, my God, like, this is so trash.’ For me, I love watching other people posting things for a while but I find that, even if I have 1,000 good comments, I’ll find that one bad one. Then I’ll just be thinking about like, ‘Oh, my God, what can I do better for this person?’
At the end of the day, I think we’re doing great things so I look at the comments section but don’t go super-duper deep into it, because I try and save myself, right? I’m just here. I’m doing my thing anyway. I’m just glad that people dig what I’m doing.”
Right, as we said, the big news was that you were announced a couple of months ago as the new vocalist. You’d filled in on the European dates earlier to that. What was the timescale for you joining the band full time?
“I was in two bands, you know, I was in A Monument of a Memory, which was my metalcore band, and I’m in this death metal band, which was called Euclid. Both of them are super sick so check them out, by the way. At the time I was in both of these bands that I was talking to them as both of my bands were trying to make moves, and I wanted to know what’s going on. I spoke to them and, obviously, there’s a trial run and they were going to see what happened. After the whole thing was finished they wanted to start planning studio time. In my mind I was like, ‘does that mean I’m in?’ and they said, ‘yeah dude, you’re in!’ and I was ecstatic because I’ve always listened to Lorna Shore.
I was so up for this so we ended up going into the studio, like, very shortly after March. Yeah. And like, we’ve had this stuff for a long time, to put it quite simply. I’ve known these songs, I think, for like, six or seven months at this point. In my mind, you know, you hear something so many times, you get numb to it. So, I know these songs are good, I just hope everybody likes them, you know? Then the song just dropped and everyone was like, ‘Oh, my God,’ and I did not expect it to be like that. The reaction that we got.”
Artwork for ‘…And I Return To Nothingness’ by Lorna Shore
Austin said he’s described the last 18 months as a trial by fire. I mean, obviously, regardless of what went on, there’s been COVID as well. Did you have any apprehensions about jumping into a fairly volatile situation with the band?
“I mean, you know, especially with like, the whole COVID thing going on, I think it was hard for everybody. Like it was very, it was definitely hard for me. I lost like my uncle and lost some family, you know, like, literally as I was going onto the plane to go to Europe, actually. So that fucking sucked but I almost tried to funnel that emotion into this album, or these three songs rather. I feel like I wanted to make something that encapsulated something that we’re all going through right now.”
That definitely leads into my next question actually, you’ve obviously had some big shoes to fill in CJ. You’ve never hidden that you’ve been a huge fan of the band for as long as you can remember. So, what does Will Ramos want to bring to the table for Lorna Shore?
“I want to bring more melody. You know, Lorna is always just like super hard, especially when Immortal came out, they were like, ‘we’re just going to fucking slam on the gas for this one.’ You know? Punch everyone in the face. Of course, I think that’s so sick but I also come from a general metalcore background. I love breakdowns, but also, more than breakdowns, I love a sick melody and something that I could jam to. I always wanted to bring that into the music.
Before I was in the band with like ‘King Ov Deception,’ they’ve got like these witchy kind of like a pitchy scream thing into it. I was like, ‘we need more of this,’ like, there’s no reason that we shouldn’t be incorporating this and the heavy elements that we already have. So, I mean, I think I think we just brought a whole new aspect to the band, that’s what I was hoping for.”
Obviously, the last record came out, and then it felt like the rug got pulled from under the band, and it all ground to a halt with everything that’s gone on, and COVID. From you talking to the other band members, does it feel like you’ve got a point to prove with this record?
“Oh, 100 percent, that was honestly like one of the most stressful things as far as joining the band in the first place. I’ve always listened to Lorna, you know, a lot growing up. Then it was like, ‘ok, now we’re going on tour,’ and now things get stressful because, now, I got to make sure that I’m perfect because everybody’s so ready. It’s the same thing when it came to recording the album. It was honestly very stressful because I was trying to overthink the crap out of everything. In my mind I knew I had big shoes to fill but, at this point, I’m like, ‘fuck it. I’ll just do what I do and hope people like it.’ So far they do. So I’m going to just keep doing that.”
More so now following the release of “To The Hellfire,” I think the next album is one of the most anticipated extreme albums of the next twelve months. Does it feel like a fresh start for Lorna?
“Sure. I think so. Yeah. I think it’s a better start. They hit a bump in the road, you know, with the whole CJ thing but, before that, they were fucking doing awesome things. Obviously, I wasn’t part of that but, you know, even Tom always killed it. I think we’re going to try and take this to the next level. We have a lot of opportunities to do it.”
You’ve got the EP coming out. What’s the plan for an album?
“Once the EP is out, we plan on just touring it a little bit. You know, make sure that people jam it know and get to know the new Lorna. That’s all that we can really do now for ourselves. We’re looking forward to coming up to Europe next year with Carnifex and Chelsea Grin.”
You’ve toured Europe already with Lorna Shore but, as a fan, how does it feel to now be able to say you’re touring as their official vocalist?
“Honestly, I still don’t believe it. It feels like it’s not really happening but it is happening. In my head, I’m thinking anything could happen but really everything’s fine. I just gotta pump on the brakes a bit in the meantime.”
Well, I’m really excited about checking out the tour when you come over. Good luck with everything EP and I really appreciate your time.
“No problem. Thank you. For the fans and anyone else jamming Lorna Shore, we really feel like this EP is going to touch upon a bunch of different things. Obviously, you know, we shot out this heavy-ass song but, some of them, maybe, won’t necessarily be so heavy. We try and have a good middle ground between heavy and melodic and I really feel that we capture that within these three songs. Hope you guys dig it and we’ll see you on tour real soon.”
Lorna Shore European Tour 2022 Poster
Upcoming Tour Dates: (w/ Chelsea Grin, Carnifex, Varials, The Convalescence)
02/04 – Karlsruhe – Weisse Rose
02/05 – Den Bosch – Willem Twee
02/06 – Birmingham – O2 Academy2
02/07 – Bristol – Fleece
02/08 – Glasgow – Classic Grand
02/09 – Manchester – Rebellion
02/10 – London – O2 Academy Islington
02/11 – Hasselt – Muziekodroom
02/12 – Paris – Glazart
02/13 – Aarau – Kiff
02/14 – Milan – Circolo Magnoilia
02/15 – Wien – Arena
02/16 – Munich – Backstage
02/17 – Nürnberg – Z-Bau
02/18 – Ostrava – Barrak Music Club
02/19 – Warsaw – Proxima
02/20 – Berlin – SO36
02/22 – Roskilde – Gimle
02/23 – Stockholm – Fryshuset Klubben
02/24 – Gothenburg – Brewhouse
02/25 – Hamburg – Logo
02/26 – Chemnitz – AJZ
02/27 – Köln – Essigfabrik
Interview – Lorna Shore’s ‘To the Hellfire’ Is the 2021 Song of the Year
Lorna Shore’s «To the Hellfire» is Loudwire’s 2021 Song of the Year.
We literally heard thousands and thousands of new songs this year, but when it came time to nominate this year’s best track, that decision was unanimous and overwhelmingly easy — there simply was no other reasonable option beyond New Jersey’s new age deathcore leaders and their breakout hit.
It hit No. 9 on Spotify’s Viral 50 chart and left reaction channels absolutely buzzing about its concussive might, symphonic fury, bone-shattering breakdowns and newcomer vocalist Will Ramos’ downright absurd vocal performance loaded with nightmarish high shrieks and one spotlight pig squeal that set the internet on fire.
At first, «To the Hellfire» can be a head-spinner. It’s a lot to absorb, especially after enduring blow after blow as Lorna Shore’s riff transitions hit harder than an ACME anvil plummeting from the sky and onto the head of some poor Looney Tunes character that is left embedded 60 feet down into the pavement. That’s right — this song will bury you 10 graves deep.
So, joining us on Zoom to talk about Lorna Shore’s breakout year and offering the inside scoop on «To the Hellfire» is Ramos, who could not be more excited for the future of this fast-rising deathcore unit.
Watch our video interview below or read further down the page for a full transcription of our conversation.
Lorna Shore, «To the Hellfire» Music Video
INTERVIEW — Lorna Shore’s Will Ramos Talks 2021 Song of the Year, «To the Hellfire»
Lorna Shore had a breakout year with «To the Hellfire.» With this symphonic element in play, there’s a great new wave of deathcore that’s coming in. Do you feel like deathcore is finally starting to shed that stigma that has always surrounded it?
Definitely. Once upon a time people thought of deathcore as very chaotic, very up in your face extreme music. Now, we’re starting to tame it a little bit and almost give it a more digestible identity and put some structure behind everything. It’s a fantastic direction for deathcore to go.
You’ve got new bands such as Brand of Sacrifice, which you just did a guest vocal on for the track «Lifeblood.» So, Lorna Shore are definitely leading the way for this new era of deathcore that we’re in, and it’s great to see the evolution happening.
We’re trying. We’re just trying to pump out music for people to jam, so we’re glad that it even got to be as big as it did — «To the Hellfire» in the first place!
When did you start catching on that this track was starting to go viral and gain a lot of buzz on the internet?
We saw people posting it everywhere — articles left and right. Everybody wanted to know what was happening with Lorna Shore in the first place, and as soon as we pumped out that song, it was instantaneous.
The song hit No. 9 on Spotify’s ‘Viral 50’ chart. When did you become aware that you had gone viral on the Spotify charts?
That was a couple weeks later, and it kind of like blew my mind. When you put out music and you’ve been working on it for so long, you almost get numb to what it actually is. It’s a great song, but then people kept still jamming it and then we heard the news about that. We were like, «Dude, we made it!»
In my mind, I made it.
«To the Hellfire» is so violent and percussive, which is a huge part of the appeal. What was the consensus among the band when you were writing this that you had these three songs to put out? Did you realize that this was a total monster? Or is it just one of those things that everybody has to react to for you to realize?
Oh, dude, we knew. When we recorded it, we wanted the heaviest song to drop first to punch people in the face. That was our heavy hitter — you can tell when it gets to that breakdown that everybody goes wild about. As soon as we recorded it, we knew this is the one, for sure, that we wanted to come out swinging with. If there’s any song that’s going smash on this EP, this is the one right here.
So, how long did it take you to construct that song start to finish? How many different iterations did it go through or did it come together quick?
Well, we were in the studio for a week, a week and a half, for these three songs. It definitely took a couple days. I’d been writing on my own time like everybody always is when they have spare time, but when it all comes together in the studio is where everything ends up changing. I put together my best reiteration and then we ended up messing with it a little bit here and there, but it was just a couple days.
Once you start overthinking everything. you start thinking, «Oh my god, I’ve got to put too many vocals here, maybe we should put more here. » Everything came together with this flow state where it was perfect, and I feel like you can tell when you listen to it.
Were you keeping up with the reaction channels and seeing what they were saying about it?
My drummer was just going ham, dude, watching every reaction video. I would go to his house and he was like, «Dude, have you seen this one?» And I’d be like, «No,» and he’d say, «You have to watch it.» I’ve seen Pastor Rob — so good.
Pastor Rob Reacts to Lorna Shore’s «To the Hellfire»
My favorite was the reaction by The Charismatic Voice. I don’t know if you’re familiar with all these vocal techniques, but one that she said you used was «supra glottal.» Did you know you were utilizing any of these techniques? Or are you just going for it?
I’m just going for it. I’m not gonna lie. I did an interview with her recently — very nice lady and super cool. It’s clear when I was talking to her that she knows things that I have no idea what is going on. She started she was like, «Oh, do you know when you use this?» And I’m just like, «Yeah. I think I do that and that makes sense.» She’s so smart. Opera singers are best singers — period. It doesn’t surprise me that she knows as much as she does.
Did this get you interested in learning about any of these techniques that you’re using even though you didn’t know it?
I figured out the techniques first and after talking to her she definitely opened my eyes to doing other things with mouth placement and all that. She’s a genius.
The Charismatic Voice Reacts to Lorna Shore’s «To the Hellfire»
Lorna Shore’s Will Ramos — Interview with The Charismatic Voice
How many vocal takes did you do for this song in the studio?
Sometimes you go in and you nail an entire line and get it perfectly. Sometimes you get an entire section. It was such a long time ago, and I don’t remember exactly and we’re in the studio now, so everything just blends into like one long studio session.
What about that one breakdown at the end with the animal noises? Was that one take? Or did you do a few of those keep the best one.
It was a one-take thing when I first did it and the dudes thought that was cool and said to keep doing that. We did it and I thought I could do it a little better and then Josh said, «Nah, dude, just leave it. You did it. It’s great. Just leave it the way it is.»
The more that I kept trying to do it, the less good it was becoming. It’s one of those things where you’re overthinking it — just keep the first take.
I think back to Iron Maiden and the scream in «The Number of the Beast» where it’s just that magical moment where it happens, you do it once and you spend your entire life just trying to chase that one take. How has that been replicating it live?
It’s not too bad. We always open up with that song, so I start out fresh. My voice is ready to go before I go through a roller coaster of vocals that I ended up going through for 45 minutes. It comes out fine. I haven’t heard any complaints yet, so I think we’re in a good place.
Lorna Shore, «To the Hellfire» (Live)
That one part is so wet and disgusting. What do you do to maintain that. slobber tone, we’ll call it.
I drink a lot of tea, but mostly coffee, you know? I don’t even know how to describe where the sound comes from but tea helps for sure.
Are you mixing in inhales with exhales?
Oh no. All my vocals are exhales except for like the snort — there’s no way to do it without inhaling. Everything else that I do is all exhales.
You also do a lot of those high shrieks and it sounds a lot like Travis Ryan from Cattle Decapitation. Was he a big influence on you?
Honestly, I haven’t listened to a lot of Cattle but I’ve heard that from everyone. After listening to Cattle Decapitation later, I was like, «Wow, it’s very clear that we both came up learning the same techniques.
Figuring out how to do my highs was all from listening to All Shall Perish. Eddie Hermida has those highs and I was like, «How the hell do you figure out how to do that?» Maybe it kind of morphed into some Cattle Decap thing, but Eddie was the guy for me, especially growing up in high school.
Those highs are punishing. If you hold them out too long and you release it, all of a sudden it feels like somebody is just like squeezing your head with a vice. Do you get that sensation sometimes?
I get that if I was pushing from the wrong place, but at the end of the day, when you do vocals, you want it to feel like very comfortable and very relaxed. If you’re feeling pain in your head, it might be because you’re squeezing your entire body to produce this one note. It can happen, but it’s usually if I’m just not paying attention to my technique.
Other than metal vocalists, are there any animals you look up to vocally?
It’s the pig, man. I’m Puerto Rican and we have pig every freaking holiday. It really resonates with me on a spiritual level.
Since you’re from New Jersey, I’ve got to ask you. do you call it Taylor Ham or pork roll?
Pork Roll. I said it. I think my friends will fight me to the death but, it’s pork roll.
We’ve got the North Jersey and we’ve got South Jersey. It is a constant debate over what is it called. Taylor Ham is the brand and pork roll is the actual [processed meat].
If you live in Jersey, it is a feud. If you call it the wrong thing, someone will definitely correct you depending on where you are, but it is never-ending. It’s like how people say Q-tips and cotton swabs — what do we call it? I don’t know, dude — it’s pork roll.
[Editor’s note: Learn more about this historic New Jersey debate over the name of the processed meat substance here.]
The one thing in this world worth being divided over, right?
Exactly! I’ll take it.
Thanks to Will Ramos for the interview. Get your copy of Lorna Shore’s ‘. And I Return to Nothingness’ EP here and follow the band on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Spotify.