CHROME WAVES is getting ready to release their second album, Where We Live, through Disorder Recordings in late September. The band now issues a new single for the album in the form of a video for “Gazing Into Oblivion,” which makes its public debut through a premiere at Decibel Magazine alongside an exclusive interview.
An album full of dynamic aggression and brooding melody, CHROME WAVES’ Where We Live offers six new songs which delve further into post-black metal and post-rock territory. The lineup for the album sees new drummer Dustin Boltjes (Demiricous, Wretch, ex-Skeletonwitch) joining James Benson (Amiensus), and Jeff Wilson (Deeper Graves, ex-Nachtmystium, ex-Wolvhammer). The drums for Where We Live were recorded by Daniel Farnsworth at Gravity Studio in Chicago (Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Josh Homme), the rest of the album engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jeff Wilson at Disorder Recordings. The album features guest contributions of cello from Christopher Brown (Kakophonix) and vocals from Kim Dylla (ex-GWAR) and is completed with art and layout by Brian Sheehan/Legerdemain.
The video for “Gazing Into Oblivion” was directed by Andrew Bonazelli and Manuel Alarcon and features actors Teresa Byrne and Jason Burrus.
Bonazelli offers, “Jeff’s music has consistently steered clear of tired, predictably hardass metal tropes throughout the years, so I only felt slightly moronic pitching him a fucked up snuff film take on a twenty-four-year-old Stabbing Westward video (despite our mutual respect of the band’s first three albums). I appreciate CHROME WAVES‘ adventurousness letting Manny, the director, and myself bring this ugly outre homage to life. It looks fantastic and is hopefully atypical of your everyday extreme video while staying true to the band’s depressive, forlorn aesthetic.”
Wilson writes, “When Andrew approached me with this video idea, I was ecstatic to say the least. Not just because I’m a fan of Stabbing Westward, but also because we were getting to work together again. After months of planning around the pandemic, drinks were had, footage was shot, and the result turned out fantastic.”
See CHROME WAVES’ “Gazing Into Oblivion” video only at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.
CHROME WAVES will release Where We Live on limited CD and pink 12” vinyl runs and all digital platforms through Disorder Recordings on September 25th. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.
Watch for new videos, updates on CHROME WAVES’ upcoming custom reverb pedal, their own brand of mead, and more to post over the weeks ahead.
CHROME WAVES was reactivated in 2018 when guitarist Jeff Wilson took the lead and reformulated the band’s sound, and began constructing the band’s first material since their 2012-released eponymous debut EP. Since its reformation, the act has been incredibly proactive, releasing their debut LP, A Grief Observed, just months after getting back together.
Less than eight months later, the band issued The Cold Light Of Despair, collecting several new songs as well as covers of Nirvana, Slowdive, and Nick Cave songs. Five months after that, CHROME WAVES released a split album with Gridfailure, including a Joy Division cover, while they were immersed in the recording of what would become their second LP, the newly completed Where We Live. It was during this time that the band tragically lost their friend and bandmate, drummer Bob Fouts (The Gates Of Slumber, Nachtmystium).
Once again restructured and revitalized, the CHROME WAVES crew now delivers their most stunning work yet with Where We Live.