On »Stygian Bough Volume I«, Dylan Desmond (bass/vocals) and Jesse Shreibman (drums/vocals) of doom duo Bell Witch fully integrate with dark folk elegist Erik Moggridge (guitars/vocals) of Aerial Ruin. The collaboration results in five hauntingly beautiful, strikingly heavy songs on an album of deep, dark undertows and careful respite.
“We started working on collaboration material together sometime in 2019,” says Bell Witch’s Dylan Desmond. “But there was writing going on as far back as 2018. The original approach was going to be doing a split record in which we each covered specific songs from each other’s catalog.”
“It started in early 2018, I think,” Aerial Ruin’s Erik Moggridge adds. “By late autumn 2018, we were all three jamming and going through the ideas and writing lots of new ones. We then had to shift gears to rehearse for the Mirror Reaper (in its entirety) European tour in December 2018, but soon picked back up with writing in early 2019, which continued off and on right up until we entered the studio.”
01. The Bastard Wind
02. Heaven Torn Low I (The Passage)
03. Heaven Torn Low II (The Toll)
05. The Unbodied Air