Band of the day: Struck By Lightning

By on 22 January 2013

FOR FANS OF: Trap Them, Disfear, Wolfbrigade, His Hero Is Gone, Nails
LATEST RELEASE: ‘True Predation’ (Translation Loss)

I stumbled upon Struck By Lightning whilst flicking through an issue of Decibel Magazine that a friend in USA had sent me and I noticed a Translation Loss advert for new releases and the Struck By Lightning striking apocalyptic black and white album cover immediately jumped out at me (that was designed by vocalist Gregory) and got me all curious about this band who I had never heard of before so I managed to hunt down their albums with the help of a friend and was blown away by the power and intensity of this bands music, the latest album “True Predation” especially appealing to me because of it’s potent mix of death metal, crust punk and sludge influences – I sent some questions to vocalist Gregory Lahm to find out more about this band.


Hi Gregory please give us a brief history on SBL.

I founded Struck by Lightning in early 2008 shortly after leaving my former band Mouth of the Architect. The intent when SBL started was to do something more energetic and up tempo that what I was doing prior. When I started playing in bands I was doing mostly crusty hardcore punk and death metal stuff and found myself missing it very much and wanted to incorporate those elements in a new project. As far as roles in the band are concerned, I play guitar and do vocals, Thomas Owens plays bass and does back up vocals, and Mike Leach plays guitar. Our drummer of 5 years just left the band as of a few months ago and we have yet to fill the spot.

Your debut album “Serpents” was released a few years or so ago and is quite a different entity to your new album “True Predation” which showcases in my opinion much more obvious death metal and crust influences as well as some sludge/HC – why did you decide to adopt a more crusty death approach to the new album? It works VERY effectively and I must say will definitely be in my top 10 fave albums of 2012 as I love the obvious genre blending that you are doing. What differences do you think there are between both albums? And would you agree that the newer album both musically and vocally is much more death metal sounding overall?

I think Serpents seems a bit removed from True Predation for a number of reasons. Because it was the first record, the sound of the band was still being sculpted and was maybe less focused. Another difference is the production. I think more so than anything the production differs far more than the content of both records. Serpents has a very polished sounding production which unfortunately may have polished up some the rougher qualities that are attributed to our sound. The production on True Predation is very much representative of how we sound live. I feel like the production on this record is the most accurate studio representation I have ever been a part of. With that being said, when the songs on Serpents are played in the live setting next to songs from True Predation, the gap doesn’t seem as large. Otherwise, the goal is always to progress and evolve. I think it is important to continue to grow as a band and stripping things down a bit more and making the sound even more raw and abrasive was a conscious decision and part of the evolution of the band. I definitely think True Predation is very much representative of our death metal, crust punk, black metal, and doom/sludge influences.

The new album was released on Translation Loss – Please tell us a bit about this album in your own words and tell the readers what they can expect from it. Are you satisfied with how it turned out? The production is great, raw, powerful and crushingly heavy yet crisp and sharp – a PERFECT mix in my opinion – where was it recorded (I currently don’t own it on original so don’t know that info!)

Overall I think True Predation is more refined and focused. It captures the band in an accurate light and showcases a more stripped down, raw, and brutal approach. The recording process was very painless and probably one of my favorite studio experiences to date. We recorded True Predation here in Columbus, OH at a studio called The Tone Shoppe with engineer Eric Cronstein. Cronstein captured the sound of the band perfectly and seemingly with little effort. We will definitely be working with Cronstein again on the next one as we are all extremely pleased with the end result of the experience.

What bands fuel and shape the sound of SBL? What bands and musicians inspired you guys to want to pick up instruments and get into a rehearsal room and start creating such music?

We all listen a very vast array of music but some bands that have helped shape the sound of Struck By Lightning are: Discharge, Amebix, Neurosis, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Entombed, Ant-Cimex, Darkthrone, His Hero Is Gone, Bathory, Poison Idea, Venom, Motorhead, Etc.

Words:  Kat Gillham


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