Birthed right here in the Queen City in the summer of 2015, The Last Reign is a melodic death metal powerhouse that not enough people seem to know about. Their sound is a genuine throwback to the good old days of MDM in Gothenburg, Sweden, catering to fans of the older albums of In Flames, At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity and Soilwork.
Truth be told, in just a short 2 years, TLR released a 3 song demo entitled Devastation, their 10 track debut full length, Expulsion from Paradise and completed a 9 date mini tour that reached cities in Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia and Massachusetts.
Yet, even after all these accomplishments, a rapid chain of events involving all the members’ personal lives shook the lineup to the core, slicing it down to one sole remaining member- lead guitarist and founding member, Brian Platter.
While all this might sound horrific and insurmountable, it’s nothing compared to some of the stuff we’ve heard. Our interview from last year with Marios Iliopoulos from Nightrage showcased the worst “band dissolve” story we’ve ever heard, involving his entire band quitting on the same night to start a metalcore band. Check that interview out here.
Rest assured that the music is still very much alive in the TLR camp. Brian’s still fiercely writing and remaining steadfast as always. More than half of the next album is written and several audio samples will be available for streaming very soon on TLR’s Facebook page. In addition, tryouts for new members will be taking place over the next few weeks, so be on the lookout for some big announcements in that regard.
Nothing is set in stone yet, so anyone interested in doing vocals or playing drums, bass or guitar in The Last Reign should contact Brian Platter at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the band’s Facebook.
Naturally, there’s no way to tell when The Last Reign’s comeback show will be, but it’s safe to assume that it will be a night of epic proportions. For now, check out a track from Expulsion from Paradise called “Calloused Remains”. Prospective drummers should take note that this song sets the minimum standard for your playing ability.
We’re also encouraging those familiar with TLR to share their favorite songs and memories of the band in the comments below!