WORDS: MICHAEL WOODWORTH
Bringing back the music scene has been an increasingly arduous task for since a heart-wrenching shutdown due to the COVID pandemic. Music fans of all shapes and sizes are resilient, however, with unwavering support of the bands they love when they need it most. Forced to change their lives in an instant, artists struggle to pick up the pieces, but find solace in the fact that music is now stronger than ever. Like Moths to Flames took the challenge head on and are ready to prove the scene is ready for a new Moths record.
“This is the record that sounds like the record we wanted to dive into on all ends; it’s one of those records when we hear back the songs, we still get that same excited energy,” boasts frontman Chris Roetter. “When we listen to the new record for quality control, there is no quality control that needs to be done because the record exceeds expectations.”
“No Eternity in Gold,” out October 30th via UNFD is the Ohio based band’s fifth full length and first since 2017’s Dark Divine, No Eternity, a collective impression of the course of Roetter’s career, takes shape over different situations and issues that have affected him.
“it’s one of those records when we hear back the songs, we still get that same excited energy…”
Writing unknowingly began in 2018 and was trimmed down from thirty demos; leaving enough room for Roetter to really dig deep and put together an album that was more linear with what he wanted. Dark Divine had strayed from their traditional metalcore sound but it still made an impact on fans. Ultimately he hopes it’s going to make a good impression on the scene like the big one it made on his heart.
“No Eternity is one of those records where I don’t have a bad thing to say about it,” says Roetter. “I don’t know if that’s a product of us being excited we’re releasing something or I finally got it right with the lyrics and got a weight off my shoulders because i wrote what i needed or its just the right place at the right time.”
It’s been an absolute grind for the band over the past five or six years, working as a seven-piece but having guitarists come and go, leaving small footprints on a sound that has garnered a truly unique feel each release. Between retention and struggles with management, the group needed a fresh start and ultimately signed with UNFD. After two years of writing and working with the label, Roetter lay awash in the much needed moral support in a competitive industry..
it made it feel like the ball was back in our court; not as much focus on damage control so we could actually write and sit down and put in heartfelt content.”
“The industry is already difficult to navigate and it wasn’t until recently with UNFD where it was a label who cared about what we did,” he beams. “They signed the band because they liked what the band already established, so it made it feel like the ball was back in our court; not as much focus on damage control so we could actually write and sit down and put in heartfelt content.”
A new found motivation enabled Like Moths to Flames to bring about one of the best releases of their career, finally breaking free from the obstacles that have been holding them back No Eternity in Gold is poised to make a splash with listeners across the globe but for now, the band can revel in the fact that the scene will adapt and come back better and stronger than ever. It always has and it always will.
“It’s one of those weird things where we’ve seen the scene go through all these dynamics,” he reflects. “The scene constantly changes but Moths has maintained the course. It’s really given us an opportunity to put stuff in perspective. We wear the band on our sleeve; it’s the focus point for all of the dudes still involved. That’s why we’re still here. It keeps lighting that fire and I hope it never skews.”