LGND is the unorthodox yet exciting collaborative project led by vocalist Chad Ruhlig (For the Fallen Dreams) and a collection of different musicians and producers. Each collaborator creates the music, over which Ruhlig provides lyrics and vocals. The songs are being released by Rise Records.
The latest drop is for the incredibly gnarly “Pagan Prayer.” The crackling, industrially-tinged track is a wall of sound that’s full of tension-and-release moments and layered vocals.
For “Pagan Prayer,” Ruhlig’s partner-in-crime is Josh Schroeder, a producer who has worked with For the Fallen Dreams, King 810, The Plot In You, and more.
“As always, it was great to work with my friend of over two decades — Josh Schroeder — on ‘Pagan Prayer,'” says Ruhlig. “Not only is he one of the top producers in heavy music, but he also has such a unique writing style that’s always been a blast to write to.”
LGND — one of heavy music’s best kept secrets for well over a decade — stands the test of time in a space filled with constant change. Formed in 2009, the project blends a unique style of aggressive metal, thrash, and early flavors of nu metal, LGND push the envelope continually. With LGND, you never know what’s next and that’s what makes it a sonic thrill ride.
The first track “Psychedelic Nightmare” dropped last year and featured Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz, formerly of The Acacia Strain and now with Bad Wolves. It was followed by “Spite Me,” featuring Andrew Tkaczyk of The Ghost Inside. The song is ominous, haunting, and thoroughly tumultuous, and it’s built on grooves thunderous enough to shift tectonic plates. Last month, The Browning’s Cody Stewart assisted on “Berserker,” which boasted mechanized grooves and pulse-pounding rhythms.
“Six different writers/producers and a lot of trust went into this release,” Ruhlig previously explained about the project’s scope. “I’m extremely proud of how everything came out and can’t wait for you all to hear what we did. Times are changing, so are we.”
LGND are working on additional tracks to be shared in due course.