Lovers In Wartime, the debut album from Philadelphia-based LOTUS THRONES, is now streaming in its entirety exclusively through Treble, preceding its release through Disorder Recordings this Friday.
LOTUS THRONES is the solo project formed by former Wolvhammer and Across Tundras drummer Heath Rave during the 2020 quarantine. 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.”
With the album stream, Rave reveals, “Five years ago, when I sold my drums, I swore I’d never play music again. There was too much self-induced trauma; I would literally get panic attacks if I thought about my old music and lifestyle let alone try to listen to it. I think it took something like quarantine happening after almost four years of pure sobriety to make something like this come out. I definitely didn’t sit down and just decide to make a record. It all happened on its own; maybe the record even made itself, just using me as a vessel. Subconsciously it was a healing experience, I’m able to once again listen to music and enjoy it even at its darkest moments. It’s been a freeing experience for me psychologically and spiritually and happened for me when it was supposed to happen. Now the waterfall is flowing. I just completed writing the second Lotus Thrones and have begun pre-production on it in our new home in Philadelphia. More than anything, I’m incredibly grateful for all the support and excitement around it that came from so many peers that answered questions, gave feedback, and did guest appearances on it. Stay tuned for more small releases through the fall, maybe even show if the correct opportunity arises. Til then…”
Treble writes, “LOTUS THRONES takes a stylistic turn away from the sludge and black metal of Rave’s previous bands and incorporates a greater degree of melodic post-punk into the songwriting, and the end result is more of a heavy goth sound inspired by the likes of Killing Joke and Sisters of Mercy.”
Tune in and hear LOTUS THRONES’ entire Lovers In Wartime early at Treble RIGHT HERE.
Also watch the previously released videos for “Liberate” HERE. “Fatigue” HERE and “Diametric Retrograde” HERE. Lovers In Wartime will see release this Friday, July 30th on CD and digital through Disorder Recordings HERE.
Following a five-year hiatus from releasing music, Heath Rave launched LOTUS THRONES 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.
After releasing 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.”