Philadelphia born riff-laden industrial, post-punk outfit Lotus Thrones has revealed plans for a sophomore studio album, “The Heretic Souvenir”, to be released on April 7th, 2023, via Disorder Recordings (CD/Digital) and Seeing Red Records (Vinyl).
The project, helmed by main songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Heath Rave (ex-Wolvhammer, ex-Across Tundras), has launched a pre-order for the record and debuted a video for the first single, “Gore Orphanage”.
Watch the video for “Gore Orphanage” below.
Commenting on the track, Rave says:
“This song is heavily inspired by jisei, the ‘farewell poem to life’. They were death poems by Japanese zen monks and other individuals who could write at the time reflecting on leaving the world in the last moments of their life. Were you able to accept your beauty and your regret and let go?”…
The output by Lotus Thrones’ Heath Rave over the last few years has been nothing short of prolific. With a full length album followed by a string of seasonal EPs, creativity continues to flow as he prepares for the release of his sophomore record, “The Heretic Souvenir”.
The impending record was produced and engineered by Sanford Parker and Rave at Hypercube (Chicago, IL) and The Magnolia Chamber (Philadelphia, PA) and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room (Chicago, IL).
Pre-order “The Heretic Souvenir” on Vinyl here.
1. Gore Orphanage
3. Alpha Centauri
6. Autumn of the Heretic Souvenir
When Heath Rave first sat down started creating music solo as Lotus Thrones in late 2020 he had no set parameters or end goals. While his resume is firmly rooted in metal, the former Wolvhammer and Across Tundras drummer had long desired to make something that while still heavy and uncompromising, had a melodic sensibility and unflinching edge of experimentation. What came forth was a singular vision of riff-laden industrial post-punk splattered with elements of metal, goth and touches of noir jazz and electronic music.
The debut record “Lovers in Wartime” showcased his love bands like Killing Joke and Ministry at its bleaker moments while touching on the bombast of Sisters of Mercy and Samhain. Not only heavy, it plainly showed a level of sophistication in its stark, disparaging sounds and a proud vulnerability in its lyrical content. Touching on subjects like addiction, isolation and depression, Heath Rave opened up and bared truths about emotions we’ve all felt.
On his 4 seasonal follow up EP’s he released throughout 2021 and 2022 he distilled the sound of each one, taking chances and experimenting with post-metal, synthwave and doom all the while having a touch of himself throughout that was unmistakable. In 2022 he also expanded Lotus Thrones to a full live line up, including David Grossman (Rosetta, New Miserable Experience), Joshua Kost (Model Prisoner, New Miserable Experience), Mathew Geary (Cape of Bats) and Jason Dost (Krieg, Sunburster). Nothing short of prolific, the well is full and Lotus Thrones has more to come in the near future.