“The number one thing that we’ve always been after is awesome guitar riffs,” said Lord Dying guitarist Chris Evans in an interview with The Heavy Chronicles in February of last year. “We write ten riffs for one riff that makes it.” You can hear all of that invention and ingenuity in the searing “Offering Pain” from the group’s forthcoming sophomore effort Poisoned Altars. The song starts with a tight, corkscrewing guitar figure before slamming into a full-on, heaving lurch, vocalist Erik Olson roaring full-force over the staccato guitars. From there, the song eases into a mournful middle section that makes plenty of room for swooping, soulful soloing. It’s a bracing blast of heat and power, a perfect teaser for the album to come.
Poisoned Altars will be released on January 27 on Relapse Records. You can pre-order it here.