Apostle of Solitude Premiere Video for “Lamentations of a Broken Man”


Indianapolis four-piece Apostle of Solitude are getting ready to head out next week on their Spring 2015 tour, playing with a host of righteous peers for a 10-show run that will bring them to the East Coast for the first time since the release of their third album, Of Woe and Wounds (review here). That full-length, which was released by Cruz del Sur in the fall to much acclaim for its doomed vibe, richness of melody and memorable songwriting, is the first from Apostle of Solitude to feature bassist Dan Davidson and guitarist/vocalist Steve Janiak (the latter also of Devil to Pay) alongside guitarist/vocalist Chuck Brown and drummer Corey Webb, and the difference across the span of the record is palpable. Though both players have been in the lineup for a while following Apostle of Solitude‘s second album, 2010’s Last Sunrise (review here), particularly the addition of a second vocal presence has changed the band’s studio dynamic, and there is no song on Of Woe and Wounds that emphasizes that point so well as “Lamentations of a Broken Man.”

It is no light undertaking. Third in a powerhouse opening trio with “Blackest of Times” and “Whore’s Wings” following the “Distance and the Cold Heart” intro, it is a big slowdown that finds Brown and Janiak trading lead vocal parts in a way that, frankly, probably wouldn’t happen if the latter was brand new to the band. With a dirge groove and weighted emotionality, it recalls some of early Trouble‘s strongest moments, but retains a personality of its own, Brown and Janiak joining together past the six-minute mark to push the song to its apex. It’s not necessarily the loudest moment on Of Woe and Wounds, but it’s easily one of the most affecting.

The video for the track is suitably stark in its presentation, cutting back and forth between the band in a high-ceilinged studio space and skulls of various shapes, sizes and tooth-sharpness. They filmed on Valentine’s Day, which must’ve been a hoot to explain to their respective significant others, and Jay Rich handled lights and camera while Janiak edited. It’s my pleasure to host the premiere for the clip today, and you can find it on the player below, followed by the dates for the tour on which Apostle of Solitude will soon embark.

Please enjoy:

Apostle of Solitude, “Lamentations of a Broken Man” official video

APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE Announce U.S. Spring Tour Dates

U.S. Doomsters APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE have announced U.S. Spring Tour 2015 dates. The upcoming gigs are as follows.

04/30 @ The Foundary in Lakewood (Cleveland), OH with Dead East Garden, and Thunderchief, and Sweaty Mammoth, and Sleeplord
05/01 @ Flour City Station in Rochester, NY with Orodruin, Saints and Winos
05/02 @ Jabber Jaws in Allentown, PA with Krosis, Buried at Dawn, Father of Sin, Cryptid, and P.O.W.W.O.W.
05/03 @ Geno’s in Portland, ME with Eldemur Krimm
05/04 @ O’Brien’s in Allston, MA with The Modern Voice and Cemetery Dave
05/05 @ St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY with Elder, Kings Destroy, and Clamfight
05/06 @ Legendary Dobbs in Philadelphia, PA with Clamfight and Prehistoric War
05/07 @ The Pinch in Washington, D.C. with Fortress and Foehammer
05/08 @ The Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, PA with Argus and Brimstone Coven
05/09 @ Goodfellas in McMechen, WV with Doctor Smoke and Null Result

The band is touring in support of Cruz Del Sur Music release Of Woe and Wounds, which is streaming in its entirety and available for digital and vinyl purchase here.

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3 Responses to “Apostle of Solitude Premiere Video for “Lamentations of a Broken Man””

  1. Chris Dalcin says:

    AOS are one the best US Doom bands around Proud to know these guy’s.

  2. Danny Bertolet says:

    Very good sounding vocals and tight music with intense rhythm. Got to see them live for the first time at the melody inn for the album release party even though I had been listening to them for years. Wonderfully done hope to see more in the future.

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