Midwestern trio CHROME WAVES – containing former members of Wolvhammer, Nachtmystium, Abigail Williams, The Gates Of Slumber, Amiensus, and more – delivers a new video from their newly-unleashed debut LP, the harrowing A Grief Observed. Following the album’s release through Disorder Recordings earlier this month, a bleak video for the track “Open Casket” has been issued, hosted through a premiere at Invisible Oranges.
CHROME WAVES‘ A Grief Observed sees the outfit making its return with a new lineup, taking the outfit from a side project to a full-time act. With six dense, mid-paced tracks, the dynamic album weaves through a myriad of sounds and styles, coalescing the members’ influences from black metal, doom, post/alt-metal, dark pop, and more. A Grief Observed was engineered by Niko Albanese with the band’s James Benson and Jeff Wilson, finished with artwork by Wilson.
The video for ‘Open Casket” was filmed and directed by David Brenner in the grim spirit of the song. Wilson offers of the song, “This song and video is for the handful of people that have followed the records I’ve done for the last ten or so years. From Blackbird to Nachtmystium’s, ‘Every Last Drop’ to Wolvhammer’s, ‘A Light That Doesn’t Yield’; myself and others seem to have been fans of a somber closer. ‘Open Casket’ is a little different as the ending is a little more frantic, more chaotic and completely bipolar. Dave has been doing videos that express exactly those thoughts and images and it works perfectly the visual theme of the album and for this song.”
Invisible Oranges is hosting the premiere of the new video, writing in part, “CHROME WAVES have never been ones to neglect the element of performance, consistently staying attentive to visual details. Still, the quartet manages to keep things fresh with their latest visual contribution for the song ‘Open Casket.’ While the video for ‘Past the Lights’ from mid-February is a polished take on metal’s potential for accessibility and even downright catchiness, the new video for ‘Open Casket’ is a hypnotic adventure of Blair Witch proportions. Directed by David Brenner, the eight-minute track provides a gripping, mid-tempo slice of sinister heavy music. And as we are taken through pulsing images of long-rooted cemeteries and bleak landscape, we are reminded that death remains a constant through building bricks and hitching powerlines.”
To attend the viewing for CHROME WAVES’ “Open Casket” video, enter Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.
A Grief Observed is out now through Wilson’s own Disorder Recordings on CD and digital formats; place orders HERE, and see the official video for “Past The Lights” HERE. Watch for vinyl preorders, additional videos from the album, and more to be issued over the weeks ahead.
Following a run through the Midwest, the second phase of touring in support of A Grief Observed is nearing. In early April, CHROME WAVES has booked a run of shows through Toronto, Ottawa, Portland, and Providence April 4th through 7th. Another Midwestern run is being booked for the first week of May with gigs booked in Lacrosse, Sioux Falls, and Des Moines, with more shows being added. Former Skeletonwitch drummer Dustin Boltjes is filling the drum throne for all impending live dates.
CHROME WAVES Tour Dates:
4/04/2019 Coalition TO – Toronto, ON
4/05/2019 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
4/06/2019 Sun Tiki Studios – Portland, ME
4/07/2019 Dusk – Providence, RI
5/03/2019 Warehouse – Lacrosse, WI
5/04/2019 Bigs – Sioux Falls, SD
5/05/2019 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
Following his departure from Wolvhammer and Abigail Williams in 2018, Jeff Wilson set out to finally make CHROME WAVES a full-time endeavor and brought in new guitarist/vocalist James Benson (Amiensus) alongside the returning Bob Fouts on drums. With a renewed sense of inspiration, the revamped lineup began recording immediately, with their sights set on completing their long-awaited debut full-length, A Grief Observed. In October, the trio issued the first new CHROME WAVES track in six years with “Burdened,” the first single from the impending LP. Several weeks later, the outfit released a non-album cover of Slowdive’s “When The Sun Hits” while continuing to wrap-up production on A Grief Observed.