We take a look at LORNA SHORE vocalist Will Ramos who’s guttural vocal attack is taking deathcore by storm
If you listen to deathcore or heavy music in general, you have undoubtedly heard LORNA SHORE vocalist Will Ramos. Or at least heard of him. His pulverizing vocal delivery has set a brutal new bar for deathcore and continues to smash through speakers with decibel shattering aggression. So who exactly is this guy and where did he come from?
Will is currently 30 years old. He was born on December 28th, 1992, in New York City and is an American vocalist known for his aggressive and versatile vocal style, which he has honed over years of practice and performance.
Early Life and Musical Influences
Ramos got started as a vocalist at a young age. The son of a Puerto Rican couple, Will grew up in New Jersey, and has three older half-sisters. In elementary school he tried his hand at violin and cello , and later on saxophone. As a child, Ramos was even then drawn to heavy music, and he began playing guitar when he was 13. It wasn’t until he was 16, however, that he discovered his talent for screaming. After being introduced to such bands as BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and LAMB OF GOD by his friends, Will began singing and screaming in the shower to develop his own style of brutal, guttural vocals.
Over the years, Ramos has become known for his powerful and dynamic vocal performances. He is capable of delivering everything from guttural lows to piercing highs, and he often incorporates a wide range of vocal techniques into his performances. He has cited a number of influences on his singing style, including Phil Bozeman of WHITECHAPEL, CJ McMahon of THY ART IS MURDER, and Dickie Allen of INFANT ANNIHILATOR.
LORNA SHORE’s History
Now getting into the band that is LORNA SHORE. LORNA SHORE is a deathcore group from New Jersey and is known for its mix of heavy breakdowns, blistering guitar riffs, and haunting atmospheric passages.
LORNA SHORE’s Band Formation
The band was originally formed in the first quarter of 2009 by guitarists Aaron Brown and Jeff Moskovciak, who would be joined by vocalist Tom Barber, drummer Scott Cooper and bassist Gary Herrera.
Early EP Releases
The band’s first EP, entitled “Triumph“, was released in 2010, and carried more of a metalcore sound as compared to what the group would evolve into.
With the departure of guitarists Moskovciak and Brown as well as drummer Cooper, who would be replaced by Adam De Micco (guitars) and Austin Archey (drums)respectively, LORNA SHORE trudged onward as a quartet, unleashing their second EP “Bone Kingdom“, which delivered more of a “deathcore” sound, albeit in a more progressive delivery.
“Maleficium“, the band’s third EP, would arrive in December 2013.
Touring With CARNIFEX
LORNA SHORE followed the release of “Maleficium” by hitting the road and opening for CARNIFEX on their “Die Without Hope” tour as a replacement act for BETRAYING THE MARTYRS — a trek which also featured such notable names as I DECLARE WAR and HERE COMES THE KRAKEN.
First Full-Length Album: “Psalms”
With the addition of second guitarist Connor Deffley in 2015, LORNA SHORE released their first full-length album, “Psalms” which went on to garner positive reviews and helped the band gain even more blood-thirsty fans.
Signing to Outerloop Records: Second Album Release “Flesh Coffin”
After being signed to Outerloop Records in September of 2016, LORNA SHORE dropped their second studio album “Flesh Coffin” in February of the following year. The album was produced by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland at Atrium Audio, who are known for working alongside bands such as AUGUST BURNS RED and FROM ASHES TO NEW. The album was a critical and commercial success, and helped cement LORNA SHORE‘s place as one of the rising bands in the deathcore scene. However, shortly after the album’s release, bassist Gary Herrera would announce his departure from the group.
Vocalist Tom Barber Leaves LORNA SHORE
In April of the following year, longtime vocalist Tom Barber confirmed that he had left LORNA SHORE to join CHELSEA GRIN as their frontman, replacing frontman Alex Koehler, who vacated that spot earlier in the year
LORNA SHORE quickly found a replacement vocalist in CJ McCreery, formerly of the band SIGNS OF THE SWARM. Around this time guitarist Connor Deffley would vacate the group, leaving the band commencing as a trio, yet with McCreery on board, LORNA SHORE began work on their crushing third full-length album, “Immortal“.
CJ McCreery’s Exit and Allegations
However, prior to the LP’s release, McCreery was asked to leave the band amidst a sudden string of allegations involving alleged sexual abuse. The split was a surprise to fans, as McCreery had been with the band for less than a year.
LORNA SHORE’s Third Album: “Immortal”
LORNA SHORE still went ahead with the 2020 release of “Immortal” which gained stellar reviews nonetheless, and with the addition of second guitarist Andrew O’Connor, the band continued as a rising powerhouse within extreme metal.
Will Ramos Joins Lorna Shore
It was at this point that LORNA SHORE would bring in Will who had already built a name for himself fronting the bands MONUMENT OF A MEMORY and A WAKE IN PROVIDENCE, albeit as a “temporary” fill-in.
Ramos quickly proved himself to be an invaluable addition to the band with his brutal vocal delivery, and in May 2021, he was announced as a full-time member.
LORNA SHORE’s Fourth EP: “And I Return to Nothingness”
With Ramos on vocals, LORNA SHORE released their fourth EP “…And I Return to Nothingness” on August 13, 2021 via Century Media Records. The Josh Schroeder produced EP went on to garner even further accolades for the crushing deathcore band.
LORNA SHORE’s Fourth Full-Length Album: “Pain Remains”
LORNA SHORE would drop their fourth full-length album, “Pain Remains,” in the October of 2022. The effort was a massive success, debuting at number 75 on the Billboard 200 chart. The record is also the first release to feature new bassist Michael Yager.
Ramos’ Vocal Style and Impact on the Band
Since joining LORNA SHORE, Will has become known for his commanding stage presence and incredible vocal performances. He has helped the band to continue their rise to prominence within the deathcore scene, and he has won over fans with his dedication and passion for the music.
One of Ramos’ most notable live performances with LORNA SHORE was their set at the 2021 Summer Slaughter tour, which marked his debut as the band’s new vocalist. The show was highly anticipated, and Ramos delivered a stunning performance that showcased his vocal range and dynamic stage presence. Fans were blown away by his crushing delivery, and it solidified his place as the band’s new frontman.
Some of the standout LORNA SHORE tracks featuring Ramos’ vocals include “To the Hellfire“, “Of the Abyss“, and “And I Return to Nothingness“. These songs showcase his ability to seamlessly transition between different vocal styles, from guttural growls to soaring cleans.
What is Will Ramos Doing Now?
Will currently lives in New York City, where he continues to work on his music and hone his craft as a vocalist. He has become one of the most exciting and dynamic vocalists in the deathcore scene, and his contributions to LORNA SHORE have helped to cement the band’s place as one of the genre’s most innovative and influential acts.
In conclusion, Will Ramos is a highly talented and versatile vocalist who has made a name for himself in the deathcore scene rather quickly. His unique vocal style and powerful performances have won over fans and critics alike, and his work with LORNA SHORE has helped to solidify him as a vocal performer of sheer brutality. He is also currently involved in the deathcore “supergroup” PROJECT:VENGEANCE which also features LEFT TO SUFFER‘s Taylor Barber, INFANT ANNIHILATOR‘s Dickie Allen, TRAITOR‘s Tyler Shelton and SPITE‘s Darius Tehrani.
Despite past controversy, LORNA SHORE has continued to thrive with Ramos in the front spot. They have toured extensively in the United States and Europe, and have become one of the most popular bands in the deathcore scene. Their music has evolved over the years, incorporating more elements of black metal and atmospheric music, but they have remained true to their roots in heavy, brutal music.