The follow up to Doom II, The Collapse sees Witnesses extending its doom rock styles into even darker territory on this outing. Drawing influence on the melancholy down-tuned guitar harmonies of nineties British doom, but adding more traditional rock elements, soaring vocals layer on top of dirges to tell a story of great distress and questions unanswered.
Formed in 2016 by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Greg Schwan, the goal of Witnesses has always been and continues to be the creation of evocative music in multiple genres. All principle writing and arrangement on The Collapse was handled by Schwan, with vital contributions provided by session musicians, accompanied by art and design that complements the lyrical concepts.
As of 2021, Witnesses has explored cinematic ambient, doom metal, pop, and dark folk via six albums, an EP and four singles.
They Giveth and Taketh Away
It Will Come for You, It Comes for Everyone
Greg Schwan – Guitar, bass guitar, keys, drum programming, arrangements, lyrics, mixing and mastering
Anlaik – Voice
Matt Kozar (Stellar Death) – EBow on Entrance and It Will Come for You, it Comes for Everyone
Scott Loose (Stellar Death) – Guitar solos on The Collapse and They Giveth and Taketh Away
Milana Zilnik – Piano on Interlude
Recorded, mixed, and mastered at The Oak Lodge and other places
Additional production on Interlude by Arty Sandler
Cover art, La Serrure by Pierre Barraud de Lagerie
All art on physical release by Pierre Barraud de Lagerie; design by Andreas Levers