By Dr. Abner Mality

These days to walk the path of epic doom is to walk in solitude. No metal subgenre is considered more “unhip” than classic doom metal. Which really doesn’t matter, because nothing mixes heaviness and beauty more than epic doom metal. This is the path which Apostles of Solitude have chosen to tread.

I’ve been fortunate enough to see the band play twice, both at the sadly missed Days of the Doomed fest. The purity of their art and delivery strikes you right away. That feeling is beautifully transmitted on their new album “From Gold to Ash” as well.

It was the right time for me to don a crown of thorns and a hair shirt and walk the path of doom with drummer Corey Webb…

WORMWOOD CHRONICLES: Greetings, Corey. “From Gold To Ash” is ready to be unleashed. What makes this record special in your opinion?

COREY WEBB: We feel like this is truly the best and most cohesive record we have ever done.

WC: The album touches on a lot of doom styles. How important was it for you to keep a variety of sounds on the album?
 CW:  I think that was mostly an unconscious decision, trying to take these song ideas and our many influences, and translate them into something we could all be proud of.

WC: Although you experiment with a number of sounds, I would say Apostle of Solitude has its heart in the epic doom ala Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus, would you agree?
CW:  Generally we have a vision for Apostle of Solitude and what the band should sound like, looking to some of the greats from the doom metal genre for inspiration. To be compared to those bands is a huge compliment.

WC: Specializing in epic doom is something that’s rare in American metal today. Do you find that this helps Apostle of Solitude stand out more?

 CW: Hard to say for sure, but I would like to believe so. We seem to go over well when we play for doom metal audiences.

WC: The album opens with “Overlord”, which is unusual because it’s a very driving and aggressive song. Was this done mostly to throw people off their expectations a little bit?
 CW: I think “Overlord” was merely a continuation from where we left off with the last record.

WC: The album title “From Gold To Ash” to me suggests how all wealth is eventually meaningless at the end of life. Is that the actual meaning or is there more to it?

  CW: That’s a pretty good interpretation, but we prefer to leave it open ended.

WC: It also seems that the album becomes more sorrowful and bleak as it goes on, with the last two songs being especially gloomy. Was this the plan or was it just the way it turned out?

 CW: There wasn’t really a plan, but “Monochrome (Discontent)” and “Grey Farewell” were the last two songs we finished before we entered the studio. So it made sense.

WC: The running order of the LP is different than the CD. Which do you prefer and why was this done?

 CW: Basically due to the limitations of time on each side of an LP.

WC: What is the song “Keeping the Lighthouse” about?

 CW:  I can’t speak for Chuck, who wrote the lyrics, but I believe it’s about a love lost, being unable to let go and all that comes with it.

WC; The album has a great clear and professional sound to it. How smooth was the recording process? Did you do things in a meticulous way or just let it find its own shape?

CW: Working with Mike Bridavsky  is pretty seamless. A very smooth process. Get the sounds, then record some basic tracks, followed by more guitars and bass then the vocals.

WC:Doom metal is considered pessimistic, but is there room for hope in Apostle of Solitude’s music?

 CW: I believe so. Playing in Apostle of Solitude is often a cathartic experience, allowing me to work through issues and dark times. That in itself, allowing the sorrow to pass through you with the music, could be seen as hopeful.

WC: Do you guys get the opportunity to play live much? I was lucky enough to see you at the old Days of the Doomed shows in Milwaukee.

 CW: We have done many short tours around the states and went to Europe in 2016. We’re looking forward to getting back out on the road.

WC: Are you involved with any other musical projects?

 CW: Not at the moment, but our bassist (Mike Naish) plays in Shroud of Vulture and Astral Mass, and our guitarist / vocalist (Steve Janiak) plays in Devil to Pay.

WC: If you could ask any 3 people from history to dinner, who would they be?

CW:  Maybe Lemmy, Jimi Hendrix and Beethoven

WC: What was the last release you picked up just for your own listening pleasure?

 CW: The new Clamfight is a jam.

WC: Has AOS ever had a “Spinal Tap” moment where things went wrong that you could share with us?

 CW: Well, the bass drum pedal did break during the middle of the first song at Hammer of Doom fest, but the crew had another one ready and we were back up and running within minutes.

WC: Any last messages for the fans?

 CW: Thanks to all our friends and fans out there, we sincerely appreciate all your support!