Today Deathcore behemoths Lorna Shore released the second part to their “Pain Remains” song trilogy, “Pain Remains II: After All I’ve Done, I’ll Disappear”. I can tell you right now that this video cuts deep in more ways than one. Beyond the bands fervent knack to produce tracks capable of bringing even the most stoic of metal heads to tears, this video really has a weight, and depth, that is hard to ignore. Evan after watching this video, the thoughts and feelings that it invoked continued to bring tears to my eyes.
In the series first installment, “Pain Remains I: Dancing Like Flames” we begin a journey at the end of a young woman’s life. The video portrays a man and wife in a hospital room. The wife obviously on her deathbed, the husband is left to sit next to her soaking in every moment that he can. During this time we see the husbands flashbacks of their life together, the love they shared, the beauty that love brought forth, and then we are brought back to the hospital bed where we are reminded that all off that will soon be over. At the end of the video the woman succumbs to her sickness and slips away…leaving the man with a pain that I could not even begin to fathom. One of the creative choices that went into this, that added even more weight to this already loaded track, was the sudden and abrupt ending. When you listen to the song by itself (without the second part in the queue) it just stops in the middle of a bar. I believe that it was meant to serve as a reminder that not everything in life has a timely and well planned end…sometimes things happen and life, like this song, abruptly ends.
As for the “Pain Remains II: After All I’ve Done, I’ll Disappear”, this video picks up exactly where we had left off, and if you listen to the tracks back to back on the album they blend seamlessly into one another. The video begins again in the hospital room with the man mourning over the corpse of his lifeless lover. As she is slowly wheeled out by hospital staff I felt so much pain and anguish for this man. This is truly a pain that nobody in the world should nave to experience, but it happens every day. We are then taken through another short journey through this couples life together as the man weeps over the woman’s casket in a darkened church. At the end of this video – I should add a trigger warning for those who have suffered trauma due to self harm – the man, consumed with grief chooses to end his life by taking a blade to his wrists, and then his throat, while standing in front of his wife’s casket.
The music itself is exactly what you’d expect from this band. Flawless. Everything about this song hits hard, from the sonorous double bass, to Will’s unique vocals. The melodic background provided by the keys and the beautifully canorous guitar solos. What I believe hits the hardest of all are the moments where we are left with nothing but ringing guitars, or background keys, and the echos of Will’s screams. I am very curious to see where the third and final installment of this horrifically beautiful and tragic trilogy takes us. I have a feeling that the final episode will be the heaviest of all.