The introductory single “The Preservation of Hate” breaks new creative ground for the metalcore powerhouse with a sound that fully delves into their metallic sensibilities.
LIke Moths to Flames have announced November 5th as the arrival date for their next chapter with their 5-track EP, Pure LIke Porcelain. The extended play follows the success and builds on the creative evolution that came packaged in the band’s well-received 2020 effort, No Eternity In Gold.
As an introduction to the latest recorded project, Like Moths to Flames have presented a uniquely heavy iteration of themselves in the single, “The Preservation of Hate”. A wholly metallic jaunt, the hefty chugging guitars, the pummeling percussion and the menacing vocal performance of Chris Roetter make for a stylistic departure that veers left of center for the metalcore unit – while underscoring their full arsenal of ability.
The vocalist further elaborated on how and why the band dove head first into going especially heavy for this latest single. “I think we just wanted to have fun with this one,” Roetter shared. “A lot of time, the focus for Moths is working cool chorus parts into the structure, so it’s a nice change of pace to have little singing on the track. It feels like a continuation of some of the more anger driven songs in catalogue and people who like the heavier side of the band will be pleased.”
Among the significant differences established with this new EP include a new lyrical approach for Roetter. Ditching the generalizations that often come with the genre, the frontman penned very specific messages loaded into each of the five track on the Pure Like Porcelain EP. Songs like “Gnashing Teeth,” provide commentary on the warped relationship with religion, while “Views From Halfway Down,” explores the human tendency to lean into addictive behavior. Much like the more assertive, aggressive sound in “The Preservation of Hate,” the EP’s intent tackles some especially hefty thematic elements head on.
Roetter credits the addition of LMTF’s newest members and collaborators, guitarists Zach Pishney and Jeremy Smith, for adding a collective sense of reinvigoration and sparking the inspiration to explore new creative terrain. While change can be scary, Roetter understood the value of constant progress.
“I remember hearing some of the stuff they were writing and thinking, ‘Wow, I don’t know if this is too left field to what we do as a band,'” he confides. “I feel like sometimes I might be the safe keeper because I’ve been in the band since I was a kid, so it’s harder for me to stray from what we’re known for. But I know Zach and Jeremy have a lot to show, and a lot to offer as musicians. So I just said, ‘You know what, you guys do whatever you want. If it’s weird, it’s weird!'”
In addition to the band’s more progressive approach, the work ethic to match is nothing short of prolific. In fact, two months following the completion of the No Eternity In Gold sessions, the band was already back in the studio fleshing out ideas on some 35 different tracks – the five best of which would make the Pure Like Porcelain EP.
Guitarist Zach Pishney explains the headspace the band is in and how the aim is ensure things never get stale. “I think the EP is just a small taste of where we could possibly go next as a band,” Pishney says. “If No Eternity is considered a return-to-form album, then the EP is expanding those boundaries again. The coolest thing to me about the outcome of the EP is how extreme the shift in dynamic can be from song to song while still feeling like a cohesive listening experience as a whole.”
Pure Like Porcelain arrives November 5th via UNFD. Pre-order the EP – HERE. Stream the first single, “The Preservation of Hate” below.