Altars of the Moon release The Colossus and The Widow
Amid the lockdowns in 2021, Nathan Verschoor (Uada) came together with Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves, Deeper Graves, ex-Nachmystium) and Heath Rave (Lotus Thrones, ex-Wolvhammer) to collaborate on a project that would eventually use the nomenclature of Altars of the Moon. This union coalesced in Brahmastra, a two-track, twenty-eight-minute exploration into a more psychedelic and darker corner of doom metal than the trio’s main projects were known for. Released through Disorder Recordings, Brahmastra took the tone of Tiamat’s Wildhoney through a cloudy afternoon of hemlock tea and the mushrooms we’re told to stay away from as children. It was a truly miserable affair.
Now, two years later, the collective reconvenes, this time joined by Alan Cassidy (The Black Dahlia Murder) on drums to create the second chapter of Altars of the Moon, with the newly completed The Colossus And The Widow. An unclassifiable morass of doom and gloom, this thirty-five-minute excursion shows the group continuing to evolve their sonic monolith as time edges on. Watch a brief teaser for Altars of the Moon’s The Colossus And The Widow here.
With nine new songs which flow as one, the record was engineered by Nate Verschoor at Hrimhjarta Studio and Jeff Wilson at Disorder Recordings, with Verschoor handling the design and layout, and Wilson handling the final mix and mastering. Additionally, the record features visitations of saxophone from Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and trumpet from Mac Gollehon (Duran Duran, David Bowie) to dive deeper into misery with The Colossus And The Widow.
The Colossus And The Widow Tracklisting:
1. The Signal
2. G.O.D. Initiative (Garrison Of Data)
3. The Drift
4. Supermassive Black (Hole In My Heart…)
5. The Longing
6. The Vestibule
7. First Contact Protocol
8. The Sentient
9. End Existence Unalived (Thy Cup Runneth Over)
The Colossus And The Widow will be released digitally and on LP via Disorder Recordings on November 17th. Preorders are available here. Audio previews and more will be posted over the weeks ahead.
Heath Rave – vocals
Alan Cassidy – drums
Nate Verschoor – guitar, synth
Jeff Wilson – bass, guitar, synth