Everyone is familiar with the beautiful transition from caterpillar to butterfly, but did you know that some of those caterpillars turn into moths? These creatures are much more than a nuisance by your outdoor lights and the stars of a very creepy but memorable scene in Silence of the Lambs. Indeed, they have been overlooked and undervalued, much like Columbus, Ohio metalcore stalwarts Like Moths To Flames. With No Eternity in Gold, due out October 30 via new label UNFD, the band’s transformation is fully complete.
No Eternity in Gold showcases a modern metalcore band at the peak of their abilities – technical riffs, the best melodies in the business, and cathartic lyrics are on full display throughout. Indeed, everything that Like Moths To Flames did well on their recent standout Dark Divine is either amplified or transformed here into something breathtaking and heartrending.
With that history of being underrated, the move to UNFD was like a fresh start for the band. Did they feel the need to prove themselves here?
“To be honest, and not with the intention of sounding like we have a complex, but I always kinda feel like Moths has drawn the short straw,” vocalist Chris Roetter answers. “I think it definitely makes things exciting when we go in to write these records, to kind of re-evaluate where the band sits with everyone. With this record it was just important to say what we had to say. The band has always had this constant moving flow of team (agents, managers) and it’s definitely made things complicated as we move forward. I think the new record is finally the right impression of the band that we wanted to give, maybe something we should’ve figured out sooner, but happy we found it nonetheless.”
So, if 2017’s Dark Divine was Moth’s caterpillar in the cocoon, hinting at the evolution that would grow into No Eternity in Gold, does Roetter feel like the band have still got more evolution left?
“I think a lot of people expected Moths to move down the same path and follow what we did with Dark Divine,” he answers. “Not that we didn’t, but I think the premise was definitely different when thinking about the record as a whole. Dark Divine was about finding new dynamics within the music, and No Eternity in Gold is more of a back-to-the-roots feel for us. It was really important to figure out why we were doing what we were doing. I think that gets answered for people when they listen to the new album.”
Thematically, the album cover’s snake imagery hints at how much “skin” Like Moths To Flames had to shed to get to where they are now. What did Roetter want to talk about with this record?
“For me, it’s always been important to write from a place of pain,” he says. “I want to relive those songs when I hear them and perform them, I want to experience those emotions I felt when I wrote the lyrics. I know thematically the band has stayed relatively the same throughout the years, but that’s because I am still going through those emotions everyday just in new aspects of my life.”
“I wanted to talk about everything that led me to this point,” Roetter continues. “All the years of feeling like an underdog and being left out on our own to tread in the deep. There’s always been this point of help that people want to give in the industry, and then when you don’t exactly give what is expected, you instantly have less value in their eyes. This has absolutely destroyed my line of thinking when it comes to how I value the band and I really wanted to, like I said earlier, get back to my roots. I wanted to prove to myself that I still had something more to give to the people who listen to and support the band.”
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