CHROME WAVES: A Grief Observed Debut LP Streaming At PopMatters; Album Sees Release Friday + US Tour Begins Today

Midwestern trio CHROME WAVES – containing former members of Wolvhammer, Nachtmystium, Abigail Williams, The Gates Of Slumber, Amiensus, and more – will release their long-awaited debut LP, A Grief Observed, this Friday through Disorder Recordings. The album is streaming early through an exclusive advance stream hosted by PopMatters as the band begins their first tour supporting the album tonight. 
 
CHROME WAVES‘ first full-length, A Grief Observed, sees the outfit making its return with a new lineup, taking the outfit from a sporadic 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.
 
As the album is prepared for release and the band embarks on tour, Wilson offers from the road, “It took a lot of effort and we waited a long time to release this record and with that came a lot of different emotions… Anxiety. Sadness. Anger. Relief. I hope all of these are displayed while listening to the album. We’re stoked to play the songs this week. Cheers!”
 
PopMatters is streaming A Grief Observed early, delving into the album: “The six songs which comprise A Grief Observed might closely mirror the emotions that Wilson associates with its impending release. The opening ‘Burdened’ appeals to the meditative sensibilities of shoegaze and post-rock as much as melodic black metal while ‘Past The Lights’ recalls the far-reaching sensibilities of now-defunct progressive darkness masters Agalloch at their grimmest and most frightening…. As one might predict, the titular cut, the record’s centerpiece is a marvelous amalgamation of all that Chrome Waves carries in its metallic arsenal.”
 
Stream CHROME WAVES’ A Grief Observed at PopMatters RIGHT HERE.
 
A Grief Observed will be released on Wilson’s own Disorder Recordings on CD and digital formats on March 1st. Find preorders 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. 
 
CHROME WAVES‘ run of tour dates through the Midwest supporting the record begins today, February 27th, in Minneapolis, followed by shows in Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Milwaukee. The five-city trek sees Without Waves providing support on all shows. CHROME WAVES has also announced another tour in April, with shows in Toronto, Ottawa, Portland, and Providence April 4th through 7th.Former Skeletonwitch drummer Dustin Boltjes is filling the drum throne for all live dates supporting A Grief Observed.
 
CHROME WAVES Tour Dates:
2/27/2019 Hexagon – Minneapolis, MN w/ Without Waves
2/28/2019 Livewire – Chicago, IL w/ Without Waves
3/01/2019 Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN w/ Without Waves
3/02/2019 Open Community Arts Center – Louisville, KY w/ Without Waves
3/03/2019 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI w/ Without Waves
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
 
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.

CHROME WAVES Announces Midwestern Winter Tour Dates; A Grief Observed LP Details Released

Post/alt-metal outfit CHROME WAVES has announced a run of tour dates through the Midwest at the end of February into early March. Running from February 27th through March 3rd, with shows in Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Milwaukee, the five-city Without Waves tour lies directly in conjunction with the release of the band’s impending debut full-length, A Grief Observed, which will be released through Disorder Recordings on March 1st. The LP’s track listing, cover art, and more have also been issued.
 
CHROME WAVES Without Waves 2019:
2/27/2019 Hexagon – Minneapolis, MN
2/28/2019 Livewire – Chicago, IL
3/01/2019 Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN
3/02/2019 Open Community Arts Center – Louisville, KY
3/03/2019 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
 
CHROME WAVES, formed by former members of Wolvhammer, Nachtmystium, Abigail Williams, The Gates Of Slumber, Amiensus, and more, makes its return with a new lineup and their debut album, A Grief Observed. The album was engineered by Niko Albanese and the band’s James Benson and Jeff Wilson, with artwork by Wilson.
 
CHROME WAVES’ “Burdened” single, a brief trailer for A Grief Observed, and the band’s non-LP cover of Slowdive‘s “When The Sun Hits” can be streamed RIGHT HERE.
 
A Grief Observed will be released on Disorder Recordings label on LP, CD, and digital formats on March 1st, 2019. 
 
A Grief Observed Track Listing:
1. Burdened
2. Past The Lights
3. A Grief Observed
4. Predatory Animals
5. Take Another Sip
6. Open Casket
 
Watch for a new single from A Grief Observed to see release next week, with additional tour news to be announced shortly.
 
CHROME WAVES was formed in the summer of 2010 by Jeff Wilson (ex-Nachtmystium, ex-Wolvhammer, ex-Abigail Williams) with Bob Fouts (The Gates Of Slumber), after which Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) was brought into the mix in early 2011. Merging their alternative, gothic, and post-metal influences into a dark and emotive alloy, the band self-produced their self-titled debut EP in July 2012. The vinyl quickly sold out in preorder and received critical acclaim and mentions outside the typical metal media, appearing in outlets like SPIN, Billboard, and others. They headlined a tour of the Midwest and East Coast US in August of that year, performing alongside Skeletonwitch, Morne, The Gates of Slumber, and others.
 
Following the EP, CHROME WAVES began writing their debut album in 2014, however the members’ other projects kept the band from becoming the full-time priority project as planned. While the band remained mostly silent behind the scenes, Foreign Sounds reissued the debut EP on cassette in May 2015, and then reissued it on vinyl in September 2016. Working slowly on the album, they began tracking drums in the winter of 2016, with guitars, bass, and synth tracking initiated in the fall of 2017.
 
After departing 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.

CHROME WAVES To Release A Grief Observed LP Through Disorder Recordings In March; New Trailer, First Single, And Slowdive Cover Playing

Midwestern post/alt-metal outfit CHROME WAVES – uniting former members of Wolvhammer, Nachtmystium, Abigail Williams, The Gates Of Slumber, Amiensus, and more – makes its return with a new lineup and their debut album, A Grief Observed, currently in its final stages for release in early 2019. Well in advance of the album’s release, the band has issued several teasers of what is to come, including a new trailer, the first single “Burdened,” and a non-album cover of Slowdive‘s “When The Sun Hits.”
 
Founding member Jeff Wilson offers, CHROME WAVES is a band that has always been in the back of my mind and something I knew would take priority when the time was right. With circumstances in 2018 being as they are, I’m now free to focus all the energy I was spending on other projects on the one that’s been the most personal to me all along. I would put this new material up there with the best that I’ve been involved with over the last ten or twelve years or so, and with this new revamped lineup, I’m very excited to see what 2019 holds for us.”
 
Now in its final stages, A Grief Observed is engineered by Niko Albanese and the band’s James Benson and Jeff Wilson, with artwork by Wilson. The album will be released on Wilson’s own Disorder Recordings label on LP, CD, and digital formats on March 1st, 2019.
 
Immerse yourself in CHROME WAVES’ “Burdened” single, a brief trailer for A Grief Observed, and the non-LP cover of Slowdive‘s “When The Sun Hits,” all streaming RIGHT HERE.
 
With widespread touring expected in support of the LP throughout the year, the band’s out-of-print debut EP will see its first CD pressing in 2019 as well. Watch for additional album singles, artwork, preorder links, videos, and more on the record to be issued in January.
 
CHROME WAVES was formed in the summer of 2010 by Jeff Wilson (ex-Nachtmystium, ex-Wolvhammer, ex-Abigail Williams) with Bob Fouts (The Gates Of Slumber), after which Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) was brought into the mix in early 2011. Merging their alternative, gothic, and post-metal influences into a dark and emotive alloy, the band self-produced their self-titled debut EP in July 2012. The vinyl quickly sold out in preorder and received critical acclaim and mentions outside the typical metal media, appearing in outlets like SPIN, Billboard, and others. They headlined a tour of the Midwest and East Coast US in August of that year, performing alongside Skeletonwitch, Morne, The Gates of Slumber, and others.
 
Following the EP, CHROME WAVES began writing their debut album in 2014, however the members’ other projects kept the band from becoming the full-time priority project as planned. While the band remained mostly silent behind the scenes, Foreign Sounds reissued the debut EP on cassette in May 2015, and then reissued it on vinyl in September 2016. Working slowly on the album, they began tracking drums in the winter of 2016, with guitars, bass, and synth tracking initiated in the fall of 2017.
 
After departing 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.
 
CHROME WAVES:
James Benson – vocals, guitars
Bob Fouts – drums 
Jeff Wilson – guitars, bass, synth, vocals