Dark ambient goth rock group, Ascension of the Watchers released the song “Ghost Heart” which is due to be released on the group’s upcoming second album Apocrypha on Oct. 9 on UK-based Dissonance Records. According to The PRP, Burton C. Bell states, “I am very proud to present the first single, ‘Ghost Heart‘, from our latest recording, ‘Apocrypha‘. The song was recorded exactly the way I wanted it to sound; powerfully mysterious, which also describes the video created by Victor Hugo-Borge. A surreal landscape for the cinematic tones that is the moving track ‘Ghost Heart.’”
The uncanny video depicts paper mache-like figures who look somewhat like members of the Adams family. The figure who resembles Gomez Addams looks at a woman’s body in a casket and then hangs himself. There is an inanimate male figure in the room at the time who stays there until the hanging man turns into a skeleton and his skull falls off. The man comes alive and picks up the skull and carries it into the woods where he comes across a young woman tied to a tree bleeding out of her pupilless eyes until she turns into a skeleton. The man drops the skull and starts carrying the girl to another location in the woods where two other skeletons wearing hats smoking cigarettes are sitting in a tree. One skeleton holds out a diamond and then the two start carrying a television where the Addams figure reappears like a blob. The girl’s face returns to normal and she vomits up something that looks like a spider. One of the skeletons throws the spider-like insect under his top-hat. The girl and the man shake hands, the two skeletons wave goodbye, the man’s head falls off, the girl picks it up and the video ends.
The song begins with looping analog synths in the mid-to-high registers. The same loops repeat while heavily distorted guitars and drums join in. The guitars die down, and a person starts talking over what sounds like an old television set. Soon after, grunge-like vocals begin that sound like a filtered cross between Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Metallica’s James Hetfield. The rest of the song is a dreamy alternating mix between the vocals and synths.
The group’s line-up consists of Bell on guitar and vocals, Jayce Lewis on drums and John Bechdel on keyboards.
In a recent article, Bell elaborates on the upcoming album explaining, “The Book Of Enoch.”It was recorded at Northstone Studios, based in the countryside of South Wales, connected to the two-hundred-fifty year old Court Colman Manor, was built by Lewis’ own hands using the ancient stones of the monastery.”