Sunday 16 October 2022

Lessener - Lessener

Labels: Ancient Injury Records/Dingleberry Records/(We Built The World And) Miss The Stars Records/Zegema Beach Records

Formats: Vinyl/Digital

Release Date: 31 Dec 2016


1. Shape Of Heart, Shape Of Human

2. We've Lost Beauty

3. Our Form Of Closure

4. Gravesend

5. Sycamore

Damn things are starting to get busier in life outside of the blog. Also, proper bummed that I missed out on snagging a copy of the vinyl repress of Form & Structure, Storm & Fracture from Coins As Portraits (released via Heathen Hand Records) earlier, but hey ho. This post though is all about the next review in my Zegema Beach Roster Review series, which features Boston, Massachusetts (USA) screamo band Lessener and their 2016 self-titled album. They released it digitally in late 2016 before it was pressed to vinyl by ZBR and the familiar bunch of collaborators mentioned above. 

It’s amazing what a few really positive days can do to you mentally. Lessener’s hearty screamo is exactly what I need to carry that positivity on as album opener ‘Shape Of Heart, Shape Of Human’ bristles with emotion-filled harsh vocals, jangly yet dissonant guitars and ever present percussive energy. ’We’ve Lost Beauty’ is a song that belies it’s title, as Lessener are able to inject and extract beauty in equal measure through both sensitive, and chaotic song-writing/delivery.

After those initial short bursts, things become slightly more introspective on ‘Our Form Of Closure’, which takes the form of a dramatic instrumental for it’s first ninety-seconds before bursting into life with a great mix of screamo and chuggy post-hardcore riffs. One thing that’s ever present though is Lessener’s eye for melody and their ability to diffuse angst with brightness.

What’s also really good is how their songs follow on from each other, as ‘Our Form Of Closure’ flows into penultimate song ‘Gravesend’. In doing so, a vivid picture is painted through the various loud/quiet passages that it contains. For me, emo always drew me in with it’s loud-quiet dynamics and while this is heavier, it still has that same feel.

Closing song ‘Sycamore’ has the most spacial and atmospheric intro build-up on the record before Lessener explode one final time. The flow between the instrumental passages and more crazed full-band/vocal sections are perfectly accented, making for a dramatic end. 

Lessener produces screamo that’s crosses over to hardcore via it’s sheer emotion and anger. It has the right layers and textures in the right places. If like me, you missed this when it was originally released, there’s no time like the present to go and enjoy it.

You can stream the record in full below, where it's also available to buy on digitally and (remarkably still) on vinyl:-

Lessener -

You can also buy it from the labels below:-

Zegema Beach Records USA Store -

Ancient Injury Records -

Dingleberry Records -

(We Built The World And) Miss The Stars Records -

Zegema Beach Records -

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