Philadelphia-based LOTUS THRONES, the solo project formed by former Wolvhammer and Across Tundras drummer Heath Rave during the 2020 quarantine, has completed its first full-length release. Lovers In Wartime will see late July release through Disorder Recordings, who this week reveals the cover art, track listing, and a brief teaser for the album.
Following a five-year hiatus from releasing music, Heath Rave launched LOTUS THRONES in the past several months, to stay creative and return to playing music during lockdown. With the advent of technology making it easy to work alone, he began investigating new instruments and recording methods, exploring styles and genres of music he grew up on, including post-punk, industrial, goth, post-metal, dream pop, shoegaze, and more with an occasional nod to his hardcore roots, merging influences from the likes of Killing Joke, Sisters Of Mercy, Neurosis, Danzig, Justin Broadrick, Portishead, The Cure, and more, and handling all instrumentation on his own.
Following several singles and cover tracks, Rave embarked on the production of the debut LOTUS THRONES album, Lovers In Wartime, recording the album himself in January of this year. With Rave performing all drums, guitars, synth, keys, and vocals, the emotive eight-track album showcases the wide range of musical inspiration and homage its creator attempts to harness within the project. Additionally, Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Brain Tentacles, Corrections House) provides saxophone on the tracks “Lovers” and “Liberate” and Andy Schoengrund (Coagulate, Feral Light) provides the guitar solo on “The Quarry.” Lovers In Wartime was mixed by Sanford Parker at Hypercube, mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room, and completed with photography by Sally Mills and layout by Jeff Wilson, and includes a diversified cover of Bad Brains’ “I And I Survive.”
Watch a brief teaser for LOTUS THRONES’ Lovers In Wartime created by Chariot Of Black Moth playing RIGHT HERE.
Disorder Recordings will release Lovers In Wartime on CD and across all digital providers on July 30th. Watch for new audio premieres, multiple official videos, preorders, and more to post over the weeks ahead.
Lovers In Wartime Track Listing:
4. The Quarry
6. Diametric Retrograde
7. I And I Survive (Bad Brains cover)
8. 1000 Suns