A true supergroup, featuring some of the best musicians in the Maryland/East Coast doom scene, LIGHTNING BORN began when Doza Hawes, longtime drummer of metal act MEGA COLOSSUS, caught Brenna Leath performing with her band, THE HELL NO. “I really dug her vocals, and wanted to see what she could do in a more traditional, classic rock and blues-inspired kind of framework,” said Hawes. As the two brainstormed potential guitarists, “I immediately thought of Erik Sugg from DEMON EYE,” said Hawes. “He writes great riffs, but also crafts excellent songs. I thought his darker, doom influence would be a perfect fit for Brenna. “The trio clicked on Erik‘s riff ideas. Meanwhile, Brenna was finishing up a HELL NO album, produced by CORROSION OF CONFORMITY‘s Mike Dean. She invited Dean to join the group on bass, and the chemistry was apparent.
“It’s not every day that you get to pick your dream line up of musicians to start a band. This is the easiest songwriting process, us all together, that I’ve ever had. The songs just pop out almost instantly,” said Hawes.
LIGHTNING BORN debuted in 2016, rocking its debut show with CONAN and SERIAL HAWK in their hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. Since then, the band has from strength to strength, sharing the stage with THE SWORD, EARTHLESS, MOUNTAIN, THE OBSESSED, KARMA TO BURN, RUBY THE HATCHET and many others. They performed at the Maryland Doom Fest in 2017 and were invited to return in 2018.
LIGHTNING BORN‘s eponymous debut album, recorded and produced by Dean, is due in November.
LIGHTNING BORN is:
* Mike Dean (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY) – Bass
* Erik Sugg (DEMON EYE) – Guitar
* Doza Hawes (MEGA-COLOSSUS, BLOODY HAMMERS, HOUR OF THIRTEEN) – Drums
* Brenna Leath (THE HELL NO) – Vocals