CHASM - Release Debut Album "When Waves Collide" Via Antigony Records

In recent months, When Waves Collide have managed to keep the hype for the release of the album very high by making a first single, "The Fallen", followed by a video that showcases the band during a live performance, and subsequently “Dark Matter” which introduces, through a 3D video entirely created by the drummer, the listeners in the heart of the album.

“Chasm” is the story of a civilization at the edge of collapsing. Human void or geologic fault, one falls into it all hoping for a sign. We follow their journey through the songs, falling with them, surviving cataclysms, praying for some help, interpreting the omens until we strand at the end of the path. You can find "Chasm" at this LINK.

Band quote: “Chasm” is our first album and actually means a lot to us. Beyond the simple stake, we put all our energy and our passion into it. From the very beginning, we wanted to keep a short format that got to the point. We had more songs in reserve but the more the concept behind “Chasm” was defined, the less they found their place. 

The whole thing was to remain a journey without bad stops. The story behind it is quite dark and we wanted to keep a distance. Fiction is an ideal solution that allows us to tell a universal story without anchoring it too much in reality. Of course, we are inspired by everyday life, but the important thing for us is to leave room for the imagination of the listener. 

Regarding the music itself, we are following in the footsteps of the EP I but with a more mature sound that we now consider to be our true sound signature. Since our first outing, we have continued to experiment with electronic sounds. It was clear to us that they would have a bigger place on the album. By listening, you can hear their presence intensify over the tracks until "Stranding", a song almost exclusively made up of synthesizers. 

Recording started as early as 2019, shortly after the EP, but our demands for this new release were high. We then took the time to do it right. This was without counting the global health crisis which did not simplify the process. The first essential step was to surround yourself with the right people to work with on this album.
Francesco Giuliano is a long-time friend of our drummer and they started collaborating together on recording the drums in his studio in Naples, where they both come from. It soon became clear that he would be the main sound engineer - mixing and mastering - despite the distance. All the other instruments have been recorded in Paris.
We met Adrien, the man behind Naufrage! Studio in Bordeaux, via social media. He is an active member of the post-rock community in France with his association Bordeaux Reverb Club. He suggested that to do the artwork for “Chasm”. 

We are delighted with the result! As a group, we are particularly attached to keep control of our visual identity. Our drummer, under the nickname N-Draw, has always added his digital touch to our designs. This time, he took the work of Naufrage! Studio as the raw material and magnified it into the final image of the album as you know it. During this time we got to know Francesco and Alex from Antigony Records in Italy (and yes, again!) which has become our label! 

In retrospect, we can say that this album is a long-term and multi-cultural work, halfway between France and Italy. We are extremely grateful to all the people who made it possible for us to make “Chasm” a reality".

01. The Fallen
02. Cataclysm
03. Dark Matter
04. Chimera
05. Omen
06. Stranding