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Below is our complete Witchcraft news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Witchcraft was set to hit the road with Orchid on April 26th, but the band has now posted the following message online about canceling the run:
"We are sad to announce that due to serious health issues the upcoming tour has been cancelled. We are very sorry about this but hope you all understand that health always must come first. Love Witchcraft.
"Orchid and Free Fall will still do the tour and Troubled Horse with members from Witchcraft will join them instead!" More...
Attention heavy rockers, doomheads, retro aficionados, hippies, or simply lovers of timeless rock music: rejoice! Two absolute giants of 70's riff worshipping sound will embark on a tour together in April and May of 2013 – Witchcraft and Orchid. A listing of tour dates are available below, and Nuclear Blat Records also comments on the bands:
"Swedes Witchcraft were one of the first bands who started to recreate the sound of old heroes like Pentagram around 2000 and who only had one goal in mind: to revive the 70s sound with landmark releases such as 'Firewood.' They returned with 'Legend' in 2012 and proved their status as leaders of a whole subgenre once more!
"Orchid from San Francisco are more of a recent phenomenon: the four piece made quite a bunch of heads turn with their debut EP 'Through the Devil's Doorway' in 2009 before they firmly established themselves as the rightful heirs to Black Sabbath's throne with their album 'Capricorn' in 2011. Their second full-length release will be upon us early 2013."
Witchcraft's brand new album, "Legend," is due out on September 21st (EU) and September 25th, 2012 (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records. The album can be pre-ordered at this location, and a preview clip has now been posted online featuring music from the release.
Check out the preview in the player available below. You can also listen to the full song "Ghosts House" over at this location.
Swedish psychedelic rockers Witchcraft are streaming the new song "Ghosts House." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Legend." The album is scheduled for release on September 21, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The band is also streaming the new single "It's Not Because of You" over on Facebook. The single is available August 17, 2012 as a digital and limited 7“ vinyl, including a special non-album bonus track called "Take Me With You When You Die." The 7“ vinyl will be issued in three different versions: Green (Nuclear Blast Mailorder only), copper, and black.
Check out "Ghosts House" here:
Swedish psychedelic classic rockers Witchcraft have made the first single off their upcoming album "Legend" available for streaming online. Surf over to the band's official Facebook profile and check out "It's Not Because Of You."
The single will be made available for purchase on August 17th digitally and as limited 7“ vinyl, including a special non-album bonus track called "Take Me With You When You Die." The 7“ vinyl will be issued in three different versions: Green (Nuclear Blast Mailorder only), copper, and black.
"Legend" marks Witchcraft's first album in five years and will be released September 21st, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. More...
Swedish psychedelic classic rock act Witchcraft has revealed more info on the band's upcoming single, "It's Not Because Of You." The track comes off the upcoming new album "Legend," which is scheduled to be released on September 21st, 2012 via Nuclear Blast.
"It's Not Because Of You" is going to be released via the band's Facebook profile on Monday, July 30th. The digital release via iTunes as well as the limited 7“ vinyl version is set for Friday, August 17th. More...
Witchcraft is set to release new album "Legend" in North America on September 25th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the release has now been posted online and can be viewed below.
"Legend" marks the band's first album after a 5 year hiatus. Commented mainman Magnus Pelander: “At last the fourth album is done. It's with relief and euphoria we say this!” The album also features new guitarists and drummer:
Simon Solomon – guitars
Tom Jondelius – guitars
Oscar Johansson – drums More...
Swedish doom icons Witchcraft have just revealed some details on their upcoming album. Announced earlier this year as a working title, “Legend” has now been officially confirmed as the title of Witchcraft's debut for new label, Nuclear Blast.
“Legend” is set to be unleashed on September 21st, 2012 and marks the bands first album after a 5 year hiatus. Commented mainman Magnus Pelander: “At last the fourth album is done. It's with relief and euphoria we say this!”
The cover art for “Legend” is going to be revealed soon. Stay tuned for further details on the album. You can also check out more info on Witchcraft at the band's official website.
Metal Blade Records will be releasing albums from Rise Above Record's storied catalog throughout this summer. Albums on the schedule so far include: Witchcraft's "Witchcraft," "Firewood," and "The Alchemist," all to be released on July 17th. You can listen to tracks from the Witchcraft albums at this location.
On July 31st, the self-titled first album from Gentleman's Pistols, and Firebird's album, "Hot Wings" will be released - both albums feature the legendary Bill Steer of Carcass/Napalm Death fame. Additionally, Metal Blade released two classic Grand Magus albums, "Wolf's Return," and the critically acclaimed "Iron Will" on June 5th.
The latest release from Rise Above recording artists, Witchsorrow, will be released on July 3rd.
"God Curse Us" is available now in Europe, and North American fans can pre-order and listen to the title track from the album now here.
In other Rise Above news, Electric Wizard has record a 4-track demo, "Satyr IX," exclusively for the Decibel Magazine Flexi Series. The flexi will be in the special "Queens of Noise Women in Metal" issue and can be ordered now on Decibel Magazine.
Nuclear Blast is honored to welcome Swedish kings Witchcraft to the label's family. Nuclear Blast commented:
"After a 5 year hiatus, the band is currently recording the follow up to 2007's 'The Alchemist' together with renowned producer Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (KREATOR, OPETH, AMON AMARTH, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA).
"The albums working title is set to 'Legend' and will feature the bands new guitarists and drummer for the first time:
Simon Solomon – guitars
Tom Jondelius – guitars
Oscar Johansson – drums
"Furthermore, band leader Magnus Pelander will from now on focus on his unique vocals without playing guitar anymore."
Commented Pelander: "There's magic going on in the studio and we can hardly wait to eventually give something back to our loyal fans! We know you guys have been waiting for this!"
For more details on Witchcraft, head over to the band's official website here.
Swedish rockers, WITCHCRAFT, have announced European tour dates with rockers GRAVEYARD. The tour dates are as follows:
04/10 - Örebro län, Sweden - Satin
05/16 - Cardiff, UK - Barfly
05/17 - Birmingham, UK - Rainbow Bar
05/18 - London, UK – ULU
05/20 - Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
05/21 - Frankfurt, Germany – Nachtleben
05/22 - Berlin, Germany - White Trash
05/23 - Wurzburg, Germany - Cairo
05/24 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
05/25 - Munchen, Germany - 59:1
05/26 - Milano, Italy - ZOE
05/28 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - Little Devil
05/29 - Cologne, Germany - Underground
05/30 - Hamburg, Germany - Headcrash
Swedish rockers Witchcraft have issued the following announcement about an upcoming show in Örebro:
"Satin, who has been the dominating place for live shows these last five years in Örebro are closing down in April. We are honoured to have the chance to play and are honouring Ibbe and his crew with a performance on the 10th of April. You don't want to miss this there will be some surprise songs in our set."
Billboard.com reports: Ozzfest 2008, with Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne as headliners, grossed nearly $3.5 million and drew close to 30,000 people to Dallas' Pizza Hut Park, according to producers Sharon Osbourne and AEG Live.
Sponsored by Affliction Clothing, this year's Ozzfest marked the return of the 13-year-old hard music brand after a free run at amphitheaters last year. This year's one-off event did "fantastically well," Sharon Osbourne told Billboard.com. "The one thing is you want for the kids to go away and keep talking about what a great show it was, and that's what they're doing."
In addition to Metallica and Osbourne, mainstage acts were Serj Tankian, Hellyeah, Johnathan Davis, Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica, and In This Moment. The second stage featured Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. On the third stage were the Sword, Drowning Pool, Rigor Mortis, Within Chaos, The Destro and "battle of the bands" winners Debris and Black Tooth.
Osbourne says plans are for Ozzfest to return to Dallas again next summer, likely as a two-day festival, and other cities are also being considered. "Ozzfest ain't going anywhere," she says. "We do try and shake things up and experiment. We're not the old donkey that plods on doing the same sh*t."
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
The single-day Ozzfest 2008 destination event is fast approaching. The festival will be held this Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas. The set times have been released and are as follows (listed mostly in reverse order):
Metallica 9:45 - 11:15 pm
Ozzy Osbourne 8:00 - 9:15 pm
Serj Tankian 6:45 - 7:45 pm
HellYeah/Dime tribute 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Johnathan Davis 4:25 - 5:15 pm
Cavalera Conspiracy 3:35 - 4:15 pm
Shadows Fall 2:50 - 3:25 pm
Apocalyptica 2:10 - 2:40 pm
In This Moment 1:30 - 2:00 pm
Sevendust 4:30 - 5:00 pm
Devildriver 3:30 - 4:00 pm
Kingdom of Sorrow 2:30 - 3:00 pm
Soilent Green 1:30 - 2:00 pm
Witchcraft 12:30 - 1:00 pm
Goatwhore 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Sword 4:00 - 4:30 pm
Drowning Pool 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Rigor Mortis 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Within Chaos 1:00 - 1:30 pm
The Destro 12:00 - 12:30 pm
1st place battle of bands 11:00 - 11:30 am
2nd place battle of bands 10:30 - 10:40 am
Doors open at 10:00 am.
As previously reported, Ozzfest will be a one day even this year, taking place on August 9th in Dallas, Texas. Two more acts have been added to the "Texas Stage", namely The Destro and Within Chaos.
The lineup so far is as follows:
Main Stage: OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, SERJ TANKIAN, HELLYEAH, JONATHAN DAVIS, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL, APOCALYPTICA, IN THIS MOMENT, All-Star Tribute To "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
Second Stage: SEVENDUST, DEVILDRIVER, KINGDOM OF SORROW, SOILENT GREEN, WITCHCRAFT, GOATWHORE.
Texas Stage: THE SWORD, DROWNING POOL, RIGOR MORTIS, WITHIN CHAOS, THE DESTRO.
OZZFEST--the original and iconic hard rock festival--returns in 2008 as a one-day stadium spectacular on Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas that teams OZZFEST founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne (in his only U.S. concert appearance this summer) with Metallica (marking their OZZFEST debut).
Produced by Sharon Osbourne and AEG LIVE, the all-day festival at Pizza Hut Park in hard music-loving Dallas will feature three stages of non-stop talent (with many OZZFEST alumni) and reliably twisted OZZFEST side attractions.
The full main stage lineup will also spotlight performances by Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Hellyeah, Jonathan Davis (Korn), Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica and In This Moment. Also scheduled on the main stage is a special all-star tribute to slain Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott. Second stage acts include Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. The Texas (third) stage—“an homage to the “many great metal bands that come from Texas,” says Sharon Osbourne--features The Sword, Drowning Pool and Rigor Mortis.
“Ozzy just finished an 11-month world tour so I think he deserves a summer off,” Sharon says about this year’s one-day OZZFEST. “We’re going to be a stadium destination festival for now--we have gone past doing the sheds every summer. We’ve given everyone else the blueprint and we have to keep evolving OZZFEST. This is just the beginning; AEG Live and I have a lot of new ideas for OZZFEST."
This year’s dynamic line-up encompasses artists who’ve played OZZFEST before in different incarnations such as Serj Tankian (System of a Down); Jonathan Davis (Korn); Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul (Pantera) and Chad Gray (Mudvayne); Kingdom of Sorrow’s Jamie Jasta (Hatebreed) and Kirk Windstein (Down); and Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura) of Cavalara Conspiracy. Other OZZFEST graduates include Shadows Fall, Sevendust, Devildriver, Drowning Pool and In This Moment.
“Ozzy has great relationships with all of the bands that have played OZZFEST,” says Sharon. “We’re the only real festival for harder edge bands and these artists have been very loyal to us--there is lots of love on this line-up."
Apparently Sun-Times reported Jim DeRogatis leaked this year’s Lollapalooza lineup. As previously rumored, Rage Against The Machine and Nine Inch Nails are, in fact, in the lineup.
Even though there's not one other noteworthy heavy band (correct me if I'm wrong) on the list, the full lineup of this year's Lollapalooza is as follows: More...
Witchcraft and Saviours will hit the road together later this month. Here are the tour dates:
10/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Luna Lounge w/ Danava
10/20 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
10/21 Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat's Backstage
10/22 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head
10/23 Norfolk, VA @ The Boot
10/24 Asheville, NC @ Jolie Rouge
10/25 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
10/26 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
10/28 Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
10/29 Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
10/30 Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
10/31 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
11/1 Houston, TX @ Rudyard's Pub
11/2 Dallas, TX @ Double Wide Bar
11/3 Austin, TX @ Waterloo Park w/ The Sword, Neurosis, more
11/5 Phoenix, AZ @ Casablanca
11/6 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick w/ Danava
11/8 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo w/ Danava
11/9 Big Sur, CA @ Brookdale Lodge
11/10 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's w/ Danava
The 2007 edition of Germany's Under The Black Sun open-air festival is scheduled for July 6th - 7th at Bernau, Helenenau (Germany). Norway's 1349 have been named as the festival headliners.
Acts set to perform at the festival now include: More...
Sweden's WITCHCRAFT has begun recording the follow-up to 2005's "Firewood". A June release is expected, with extensive touring to follow.
WITCHCRAFT toured the U.S. for the first time in November with support from Portland's DANAVA. The dates were extremely successful for the rising doom/rock quartet. Additional album and preliminary tour details will be announced shortly.