Rising from relative obscurity, black metal outfit Ghost Bath have resurfaced with a fierce new album, Self Loather, ready to wreak havoc on October 29.
After gaining more traction over the course of three albums and an EP, Ghost Bath close out the trilogy of tragedy, ecstasy and dread/hatred which started with Moonlover in 2015 and worked through Starmourner in 2017 before coming to a conclusion here.
Founding member and vocalist Dennis Mikula joined HEAVY to chat about the album.
“This album is the first album we wrote entirely as a band,” he revealed, “moving from sort of a solo project of mine to a full band writing process where everyone chipped in and put their own voice in. It still has my voice and still sounds like Ghost Bath, but you’re gonna hear some new stuff in this; a little bit more complex time signatures and riffs, a little bit more death metal influence both in the guitar riffs and my vocals. It’s also the first album where I’ve written lyrics instead of just doing a high pitch scream that I did with all the previous stuff with the lyrics. This one I do a variety of stuff. I’ve done more traditional black metal vocals I do a bit lower death metal influenced vocal, and then I still do the high-pitched wails as well. I use those more as an accent instead of the main vocal leads on this one. I think the album turned out a bit darker, a bit heavier than our previous stuff, even though it still has those melodic elements.”
In the full interview, Dennis talks more about the new album, including how it winds up the trilogy, it’s message, the song Hide From The Sun which features CJ from Thy Art Is Murder, the early days of Ghost Bath, the initial misleading band name and why he went down that path and more.