The band Chrome Waves was formed back in 2010 by Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Abigail Williams) and A Grief Observed is the upcoming full length album set for release on March 1st. Together with James Benson (Amiensus) on Vocals and Bob Fouts (The Gates of Slumber) on Drums the music presented is an emotional journey from start to finish. The album name really describes the turmoil that is harnessed within, and oftentimes catharsis through music produces some of the best work.
Musically A Grief Observed can be described as Post-Black Metal but genres aside there are more than just Black Metal elements here. Amidst the reverb layered sections there are beautiful Cello arrangements by the composer Kakophonix (Hvile I Kaos) that enhance the overall melancholic feel of the album and Jeff Wilson’s guitar work and composition is exceptional.
The vocal work is fantastic and Benson really shines in his delivery, swapping between furious screams and clean vocals. They are fraught with agony and pain and the lyrical messages are tangible throughout.
The songs are epic in scale and despite the length they hold on and do not let go. Opening track Burdened grabs you from the start with the dreamy guitars but once everything kicks in it is clear that as mentioned before the songs hold true to the album name. The subject of loss is manifested with vigor in Past the Lights which is upbeat yet Atmospheric while Predatory Animals is a shorter song that hooks you with catchy melodic sections and a structured chorus. Take Another Sip is a slower track that has a very prominent Shoegaze vibe that mixes very well with the aforementioned Cello and clean vocals.
Overall A Grief Observed is an album that needs to be listened to. It is refreshing to hear something that harnesses the different aspects of the genre yet one that still maintains originality and unwavering effort. This deserves recognition and praise on all levels.