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 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, and will see the band supported by Without Waves. The LP’s track listing, cover art, and more have also been issued.
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.
Watch for a new single from A Grief Observed to see release next week, with additional tour news to be announced shortly.
CHROME WAVES w/ Without Waves:
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
A Grief Observed Track Listing:
2. Past The Lights
3. A Grief Observed
4. Predatory Animals
5. Take Another Sip
6. Open Casket
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.