LOST TRIBES OF THE MOON proudly make their return as they finally unveil their much anticipated sophomore album, Chapter II: Tales Of Strife, Destiny, And Despair. The album will be self-released on March 25.
The band has released two singles from the forthcoming album:
“Unleash The Berserkers”
“A Chapter from the Book of Blood”
Chapter II: Tales Of Strife, Destiny, And Despair is a vast and dense musical journey that spans over 75 minutes and showcases the evolution of the band from the time since their debut effort. Picking up from where they left off and taking giant steps beyond, LOST TRIBES OF THE MOON have expanded their musical borders and universe tenfold with the new album.
Eight tracks are tied together like chapters from a book to make up what tells the musical tales on this album. Themes for these songs are inspired by Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and Clive Barker’s Books Of Blood, as well as previously explored territorial themes such as demonology and mythology. The familiar elements of Doom, Prog Rock, NWOBHM, Black Metal, and Folk have all returned, but this time these styles get further explored and displayed as a more unique and matured sound within the compositions.
An extended amount of synthesizers, theremin and acoustic instruments are woven into the music along with vibraphones, gongs and other percussive instruments to add to the complexity of this new sound. Featuring new members Julie Brandenburg on vocals and bassist Chris Ortiz, this bolstered lineup displays an extensive array of talent and instrumentation on this latest album to deliver to the listener something truly unique while taking them along for an exciting musical ride!
- Intro – Midian Rising
- Unleash The Berserkers
- A Chapter from the Book of Blood
- Maerlyn’s Grapefruit
- The Man in Black Fled Across the Desert – Part 1
- The Man in Black Fled Across the Desert – Part 2
- The Way Station
- The Drawing Of The Three – The Tale Of Enepsigos:
Part 1: Waxing Moon
Part 2: Full Moon
Part 3: New Moon
Jon Liedtke – Electric guitars, 6 and 12 string acoustic and nylon acoustic guitars, mandolin, synthesizers, theremin
Julie Brandenburg – vocals
Jeremiah Messner – drums, percussion, wood blocks
Chris Ortiz – bass
Carl Storniolo – gongs
Mike Numeyer – vibraphones
Mike Secklin – upright bass
Jack Sharon – bougarabou
Recorded at Howl Street Recordings by Shane Hochstetler between July 2020 and March 2021.
Vocals recorded at Be Sound Music by Julie Brandenburg.
Synthesizers and theremin recorded in the Tribes Den by Jon Liedtke.
Mixed by Shane Hochstetler and LTOTM.
Mastered by James Plotkin.
Artwork by Jaems Murphy.
Layout designs by Ron Blemberg.
Band logo by Carl Steinhagen.
LTOTM sigil by Ben Wright.
This Ka-Tet was founded in late 2015 by Jon Liedtke, a veteran guitarist and musician from Milwaukee, WI. Jon is probably most recognized nationally and internationally as the theremin player for Relapse Records recording artists Inter Arma. His multi instrumental skills landed him in a working relationship with the Richmond, VA band and has appeared on their albums The Cavern and Paradise Gallows. Jon has also played noteworthy festivals with them such as Adult Swim Fest, Psycho Fest, Maryland Death Fest, and Roadburn Festival, as well as a 2018 European tour as direct support for the band Deafheaven. Jon has spent most of his local Milwaukee career as a lead guitarist for previous metal bands such as Shroud Of Despondency, Face Of Ruin, Ara, and Toby Wong. He also has his own ambient synthwave project Cannabinol Synapse, as well as his solo blues project called Midnight Liedtke. As the primary composer and ringleader of the band, Jon combines his college music degree skills along with his veteran experience as a performing musician as well as his passion for music to create the sounds of LOST TRIBES OF THE MOON.
Jeremiah Messner plays drums in LTOTM and is the second longest tenured member in the band. Raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Jeremiah is a veteran of the Milwaukee underground music scene and has played with a who’s who of black metal bands including Cold Beyond, Shroud Of Despondency (where him and Jon Liedtke met) and Owl’s Cry. He also has his own experimental noise projects Hallow Hecatomb and Temper. As a performing drummer for over 20 years and well versed in the aforementioned influential genres for this band, his drumming style is the perfect complement to the feel for each of their songs.
Julie Brandenburg is the newest vocalist for LTOTM. She joined in late 2019 and brings along her sophisticated voice and vast musical experience to the band. She is a vocalist, pianist, songwriter, and composer and has performed and recorded in the Midwest for years. Her voice has been described as “soaring” by Billboard Magazine. Julie and Jon first met while he attended the music program at M.A.T.C. college in Milwaukee, where Julie was a voice, piano, and choir teacher. She also has a solo career of her own, with a new album due later this year. Julie seeks to engage people with her music: “Artists have the responsibility of interpreting the feelings and circumstances of our unique time together on this planet, and offering connection and inspiration to listeners.”
Chris Ortiz rages the bass for LTOTM. Joining in 2020 to take on the massive duties of providing bass parts for the newest album, Chris has since settled into the Tribes and now resides with them as their newest member. He is a heavily seasoned veteran of the Milwaukee music scene for 30 years, and has provided bass (and vocals) for a very long list of bands including Speedfreaks, Volcanoes, El Gordo, Xolotl, and Motivo Loco. He fronts his own band Magnetic Minds as bassist and lead vocalist and plays a bitchin’ Geezer Butler in a Black Sabbath cover band called Hand of Doom!
Jon Liedtke – Guitar
Jeremiah Messner – Drums
Julie Brandenburg – Vocals
Chris Ortiz – Bass
Lost Tribes Of The Moon is a band that follows their own path musically and allows their music to speak for themselves. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconson, Lost Tribes Of The Moon doesn’t try to be defined by one or two genres, rather using “metal” as its main vehicle of sound, but citing influences ranging from Doom Metal, 70’s hard rock, Prog Rock,, Black Metal, NWOBHM, folk, and ambient/experimental to make up a reference for what the listener has in store for their ears. The band focuses on dynamics within their musicianship and proper use of inspiration to deliver a sound that doesn’t sit neatly into any single description or genre.
Lost Tribes Of The Moon takes their name from a reference to Clive Barker’s Nightbreed movie and graphic novel and uses that type of dark story telling fictional (or not so) universe combined with lyrics based on stories of mythical figures and old tales to influence the vibe of this band. They released their self-titled debut album in 2018 to a well received audience and celebrated reviews by music critics. 2019 and 2020 saw the additions of Julie Brandenburg on vocals and Chris Ortiz on bass to make up the lineup that recorded their sophomore album, Chapter II: Tales Of Strife, Destiny, And Despair.
Lost Tribes Of The Moon have been performing as a live band since September of 2017, and in that time have been a support act for such bands as Trouble, Today Is The Day, Black Tusk, Immortal Bird, Vanishing Kids, Doomstress, Dreadnought, Ails, Owl, Savage Master, and Vile Creature.
The band’s goals for the remainder of 2022 is to promote their much anticipated sophomore album and venture out to further regions beyond their hometown and the Midwest to share their music and live sound with more and more audiences. Never satisfied as just being content with their musical accomplishments, the band also stays focused on progressing and regularly composing new material to evolve to the next phase of their existence.