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Latest Witchaven News

Below is our complete Witchaven 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.

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Witchaven Issues Recording Update

California's Witchaven is currently in the studio recording the follow-up to "Blood Sacrifice," and the band has now checked in with the following update:

"The album is coming along nicely. We still have much more work to do. This one is turning out to be a real fast one..total dbeat black metal thrash at its finest. Follow us on twitter for behind the scenes photos and video at @witchaven666."

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Witchaven Cancels Shows Due To Surgery

Witchaven has issued the following announcement about canceling several upcoming live shows:

"Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we are forced to cut our west coast tour in half and postpone the second leg.

"Our drummer needs to go into surgery. We are waiting on a timetable for his recovery. From there we will organize and set the dates for the second leg of the tour. Below are all the dates that will go on as scheduled."

6/26 - Characters - Pomona, CA
6/27 - Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA
6/28 - Rock Shop - San Jose, CA
6/29 - Cafe Colonial - Sacramento, CA
7/1 - Ink Annex - Eureka, CA
7/2 - Club 66 - Ashland, OR
7/3 - 2-bit Saloon - Seattle, WA
7/4 - East End - Portland, OR
7/6 - Brosterhous Arena - Bend, OR

Witchaven's upcoming new album "Blood Sacrifice" is due out at the end of the month. More...

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Witchaven Reveals "Blood Sacrifice" Details

The new Witchaven album "Blood Sacrifice" is set to be released in late June, 2014. Album artwork was done by Sickness666, and the band will be supporting the album with a West coast tour starting June 26th. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Blood Sacrifice
2. Children
3. Monsanto Death Machine
4. Trance-Formation
5. Police State
6. Acquisition Mortality
7. Death Rides A Pale Horse
8. Materialism Mania
9. Puppets On A String
10. The Golden Rings of Blood More...

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Witchaven To Release New Album

Witchaven's new album "Blood Sacrifice" is due for release this coming June via Grey Haven Media, and the album will also be available directly from the band while out on tour. Further details are forthcoming, but in the mean time check out a teaser trailer below.

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Witchaven To Tour With Exmortus

Witchaven is lining up a new run of tour dates this Spring with Exmortus, which can be found below, and the band also comments:

"Witchaven will be doing a West Coast Tour this March/April with Exmortus. Below are the dates, Most of the dates are booked, still having a bit of trouble on a few of em, but for the most part we are almost ready to go."

3/15 - Burnt Ramen -Richmond, CA
3/16 - El Gato Negro -Santa Clara/San Jose, CA
3/17 - TBA -Sacramento, CA
3/18 - TBA -North Bay, CA
3/19 - Ink Annex -Eureka, CA
3/20 - Club 66 -Ashland, OR
3/21 - Dante's -Portland, OR
3/23 - The Kraken -Seattle, WA
3/24 - The Shredder -Boise, ID
3/25 - Burt's Tiki lounge -SLC, UT
3/27 - 7th Circle -Denver, CO
3/28 - Launch Pad -Albuquerque, NM
3/29 - TBA -Dallas, TX
3/30 - 14322 Picton Dr 77032 -Houston, TX
3/31 - The Korova -San Antonio, TX
4/1 - The Grand -Austin, TX
4/3 - The Pinebox -Midland, TX
4/4 - TBA -El Paso, TX
4/5 - The Howling House -Phoenix, AZ
4/6 - East Side Joes -Las Vegas, NV

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Exodus To Headline Slaughter By The Water

Slaughter By The Water 3 is pleased to announce the addition of the almighty Exodus as this year’s main stage headliner. The main stage will also include performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War, and Abysmal Dawn.

The Pier stage will include performances by Enemy In Peril, Desecrator, Necrosin, Hemotoxin, Ulysses, Siren, Scars of Envy and ZH. A video of Bay Area thrash legends Testament announcing Exodus as the headliners is online now and can be viewed below.

The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25th, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, Bay Area Rocks, Scion, Native American Health Center, Dunlop, Anchor Bay Tattoos, Ustream, and Expressions College, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy, who recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed here.

Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available at this location. Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet. More...

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Slaughter By The Water Details Revealed

The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25th, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, and more, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy and includes performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War and Abysmal Dawn.

More announcements including the full line-up and headliner are coming soon. Chuck Billy recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed below.

Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available here. Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet.

From noon to 9pm, access to the entire pier, which includes Pier Stage entertainment, food vendors and retailers, is FREE to the public. The pier stage is powered by Rock the Bike and the bands performing will be announced soon. More...

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Speedwolf And Witchaven Announce U.S. Shows

Speedwolf and Witchaven will be heading off for the "A Ride With Death in the West" tour this coming July. The tour poster can be found here, and the dates are as follows:

Mon, July 9th - Salt Lake City, Utah - Burt's Tiki Lounge (21+)
Tue, July 10th - Boise, Idaho - The Shredder
Wed, July 11th - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Fortune Sound Club*
Thu, July 12th - Seattle, Washington - El Corazon
Fri, July 13th - Portland, Oregon - Revelations of Death Fest
Mon, July 16th - Reno, Nevada - Ground Zero
Tue, July 17th - Oakland, California - Eli's Mile High
Wed, July 18th - Reseda, California - Weber's Place
Thu, July 19th - Los Angeles, California - 5 Star Bar (21+)
Fri, July20th - San Diego, California - The Shakedown(21+)
Sat, July 21st - Phoenix, Arizona - Inner City Youth Center
Sun, July 22nd - Albuquerque, New Mexico - The Launchpad

*witchaven will not be performing at the Vancouver date. Additional info on the run of shows is available via the tour's Facebook event page.

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SXSW 2012 Thrash Show Reverts to Garage Rock

On March 16th, 2012, Motorbreath Entertainment intended to create one of the best lineups featuring bands from the “New Wave of Thrash Metal.” Exmortus, Bonded By Blood, Havok, Speedwolf and Witchaven were on the bill to play Betsy’s Bar at Austin’s annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival. Oregon’s Spellcaster offered a style more in line with the New Wave of Classic Metal scene that has, in a sense, run parallel with the new thrash movement.

Besides Corrosion of Conformity who came to town with their crossover thrash, “Animosity” lineup, thrash metal is an endangered species in Austin during this time of the year. When I saw Motorbreath had organized a lineup of such great, young thrash bands, I had to help with promotion. Unfortunately, a number of mishaps led to Betsy’s Bar canceling the show. However, thanks to Alex Campos of local metal marauders, Beyond The Blood, the show went on! More...

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Betsy's Bar Comments on SXSW Cancellation

Metal Underground previously reported the cancellation of Motorbreath's SXSW show featuring artists such as Havok, Bonded By Blood and Spellcaster. We contacted Motorbreath owner and show booker, Tristan Spears to get his side of the story. Now, in all fairness, we bring our readers the other side of the story told by a representative of Betsy's Bar. More...

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Motorbreath SXSW Showcase Canceled

Motorbreath Entertainment's SXSW Showcase contained a tremendous bill of new school thrash and heavy metal artists such as Bonded By Blood, Havok, Speedwolf, Exmortus, Witchaven and Spellcaster. The stellar lineup was the only old school-metal oriented event at SXSW, which was cause for Metal Underground to sponsor the event. Unfortunately, the March 16th show at Betsy's came to a abrupt and disappointing end. After the first three bands performed, Motorbreath founder, Tristan Spears announced that if more people didn't drink more alcohol, the show would be canceled. After much deliberation, the show was indeed canceled.

Spears provided Metal Underground with the following statement: More...

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Motorbreath Entertainment SXSW 2012 Showcase

Metalunderground.com is proud to sponsor the Motorbreath Entertainment SXSW 2012 Showcase, featuring Havok, Spellcaster, Exmortus, Witchaven, Speedwolf and many more. The event takes place on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM (CT) at Betsy's Bar in Austin, Texas. Doors open at 3:00 pm CT. You can purchase tickets here.

Here's the complete line-up:

Havok (CO)
Exmortus (CA)
Bonded By Blood (CA)
Spellcaster (OR)
Witchaven (CA)
Speedwolf (CO)
Owl Witch
Last word (CO)
Beyond the Blood
Imminent Descent

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Gravehill Enlists Members Of Witchaven

California death horde Gravehill, who recently released their LP "When All Roads Lead to Hell," is pleased to announce a string of dates with Singapore's blackened death/thrash band Impiety. Due to scheduling conflicts with guitarists Hellfiend and BodyBag, Gravehill has enlisted Henry Montoya and Erik Sneve of Witchaven to fill the vacant guitar positions. Gravehill dates with Impiety are as follows: More...

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Witchaven Posts "Terrorstorm" Video

Witchaven has posted a music video online for the title track off the band's "Terrorstorm" album, which can be viewed in the player below.

You can also check out a show report of Witchaven at the Maryland Death Fest by heading over to this location.

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Maryland Death Fest IX Day One

I’ve only heard half-remembered memories about this festival. I really had no idea what to expect about the stage lay-out, the area of town, the people, or the bar situation. As I walked down the hill to Sonar, I gradually saw the small bunch of metalheads walking in to see the first band Witchaven. I entered the main hall and followed the crude, hand-written signs explaining where the stage was in the dark, labyrinthine building. Entering into the main room for the first time was like stepping into a metal dream; coming from the hot, sunny outdoors to a cold, pitch black massive room with seemingly no end and seeing an awesome band already in progress with ultra bright flashing lights interrupting your vision and furthering the illusion of this chamber. More...

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Maryland Deathfest To Go On At Sonar As Planned

The Maryland Deathfest organizers report that "Sonar will be re-opening before MDF, and technically they already have."

As previously reported, the venue of the Maryland Deathfest was up in the air when Baltimore's Sonar nightclub failed to renew their liquor license and closed its doors.

The organizers futher commented: "These last couple of days have been incredibly confusing and stressful, but we are currently back to the regularly scheduled program. And don't worry, beyond plan B is a plan C, because that's how we roll. See you in a couple of weeks."

As such, the set times that were previously announced should now hold.

Here's the updated flier: More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2011 To Change Venues

The ninth annual Maryland Deathfest has announced the final lineup and set times for the event. However, not long after announcing these details came word that the Baltimore venue, Sonar, unexpectedly closed its doors today. The festival organizers claim to have a backup plan that should involve little to no inconvenience to ticket holders (even those coming from out of town) and will be releasng more details soon.

Until then, the announced lineup and set times are as follows:

Thursday, May 26th
Entrance opens at 4 pm

WITCHAVEN - 4:45 - 5:15
SHITSTORM - 5:30 - 5:55
NOISEAR - 6:10 - 6:40
MIASMAL - 6:55 - 7:30
LACK OF INTEREST - 7:45 - 8:20
FLESH PARADE - 8:35 - 9:10
EXTORTION - 9:25 - 10:00
BUZZOV*EN - 10:15 - 11:00
TRAGEDY - 11:15 - 12:00
CATHEDRAL - 12:15 - end More...

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Bands Announced For Slaughter By The Water Fest

The first batch of bands have been announced for the forthcoming edition of the Slaughter By The Water festival. The 2011 edition of the festival is set to take place on June 25, 2011 at San Francisco, California's Craneway Pavilion. The confirmed list of bands that are set to appear include;


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Witchaven Confirms Festival Appearance

Witchaven is the next act to be confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Maryland Deathfest. Maryland Deathfest IX is set to take place between May 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th, 2011 at Sonar in Baltimore.

The confirmed line-up is:

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Bonded By Blood Issues Road Report

Bonded By Blood, who are currently on tour with Exmortus and Witchaven, have issued the following recap after the first show of the tour:

"Let me keep you up to date one everything thats going on in the touring world of BBB. We started our way of California on March 6th 2009 @ 12 am on our way to Las Vegas. By this time we were already packed and had Exmortus with us. We ended up passing by Hesperia where we waited for Witchaven and sooner than later we were already on our way. 4 hrs later we ended up in famous Las Vegas. Our destination was your run of the mill 21 and over bar named "The Four Aces". We get there around 6 or 7. The place looked kind of dead no one really there. We finally talk to the promoter around 8 he says the show does not start till 930. So we wait aroudn and set up merch . Bar lady asks us if we are all over age and at first i thought she was going to be a dick about not everyone being over age but she ended up being cool and let us all in. The time was set it end it up being 9 and Witchaven was setting up for what set to be a very killer set they put on. Ive seen these guys a couple times but they really stepped it up on this new material. About 30 min later it was Exmortus turn and the crowd was really digging it. Drunken assholes all over the place. The clock struck 11 it was BBB's turn to hit the stage. People shouting names of our songs beer flying everywhere. It was a great start of a tour. We ended the night by hitting the strip eating some food and driving our asses to AZ. Tonight should be killer. Quote of The day for vegas:"Shut up you dumbass bitch. Ill knock your tooth out with my pito" -Mario Moreno."

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