American melodic doom metal band Witnesses has recently released their new EP To Disappear And To Be Nothing. The EP was recorded in Feedback Studios by Ken Lazzo Lasso, mixed at The Oak Lodge by Greg Schwan and mastered by at Doug Milton from 9250AV Studios. Witnesses was formed by Greg Schwan in 2016 and are based in New York City, Witnesses was then a one-man project with the explicit goal of creating music without genre constraints. The music is cinematic and atmospheric and now Witnesses is a trio featuring guitarist Matt Kozar and violinist Suvo Sur. The track Everything Is Worse,
Schwan states, «Mission is an interesting word, I’ve never thought of art in those terms. To simplify the discussion, though, I just want to reach people. Every single person who comments that the music is beautiful or meaningful to them is a high for me. I think its bad faith to say that one does art for themselves. At least in my case I know it’d be comically bad faith to say that. So I guess reaching people is the goal, and I derive particular satisfaction reaching people abroad. Breaking through cultural barriers with art reveals a kind of lingua franca, I guess. Surely the world could use more of that». The track When A Dark Age Comes, Hold The Light Inside,
Schwan says that To Disappear And To Be Nothing many times was close to be given up. One problem was to find the right vocalist, but suddenly the vocal of guest musicians Kody Ternes appear. Perfect match indeed. The album took three years to fulfill, so it obvious that it`s great to Schwan to release TDABN. The track Consummatum Est,
The lyric on To Disappear And To Be Nothing is about history, loss and identity. Actually the recording process for this album is quite modern. Schwan wrote the songs with scratch guitar and Toontrack–EZDrummer suitable for arrangement purposes, and he hired Mark Zonder to track the drums.
I try to shy away from being too forthright on this question as it relates to music, and will probably be a bit vague. But we certainly have an affinity for some of the earlier British doom acts. I’d prefer not to talk about specific bands and albums as that would reveal too much. Witnessses and Schwan have a affinity for the earlier British doom acts, but he will not point to some specific bands. He recommend to Google 1990s British doom.