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Witchsorrow

From: United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Witchsorrow News

Below is our complete Witchsorrow 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.

Metal Blade Records To Release Rise Above Albums

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.

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Witchsorrow Streaming New Song

Witchsorrow, the pure, no-frills doom trio from the UK, will release new album, "God Curse Us," on July 3rd in North America. A new track from the album, "Aurora Atra," is streaming now over on DecibelMagazine.com.

Guitarist/vocalist Necroskul describes the song: "This is a song for when you begrudge the sun rising, the coming of another day. When you curse the sky and the sun hanging in it. It sets the tone for the album quite aptly, I think."

The following press release was also issued about the album: "Recorded over Halloween by Chris Fielding at Wales' ultra-remote Foel Studios (Electric Wizard, Primordial, Hawkwind), God Curse Us is an album that brings the dark spirit of '70s Sabbath forward to 2012. Capturing the dark essence of classic doom: heavy, mournful riffs; oppressive atmosphere, bleak, sinister vocals and full-power metal freakouts, there's no mistaking it for anything else."

"I just want to carry on what Sabbath started," states frontman Necroskull. "I want to keep that old flame alive. I think that's always been what all the great doom bands have strived to do. It's a tremendous honour to add our own colour to the great tapestry of doom metal."

"There isn't any light at all in the album," asserts Necroskull. "It's far too easy for metal to become a parody. We're not the band out high-fiving everyone and pouring shots down your throat. Everything is falling apart, you can almost taste Armageddon - we're the ones peering ahead to the end of the world."

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Witchsorrow Comments On Upcoming Album

The UK's Witchsorrow will release a new doom-filled opus, "God Curse Us," on July 3rd, 2012 in North America. The title track from the album can be heard now at this location. Metal Blade Records commented:

"Witchsorrow is a prime example of a band that plays pure, epic, and non-pretentious doom metal straight from the heart. If their self-titled 2010 debut suggested that, God Curse Us confirms it across almost an hour of unsullied doom.

"Recorded over Hallowe'en by Chris Fielding at Wales' ultra-remote Foel Studios (Electric Wizard, Primordial, Hawkwind), God Curse Us is an album that brings the dark spirit of '70s Sabbath forward to 2012. Capturing the dark essence of classic doom: heavy, mournful riffs; oppressive atmosphere, bleak, sinister vocals and full-power metal freakouts, there's no mistaking it for anything else."

"I just want to carry on what Sabbath started," states frontman Necroskull. "I want to keep that old flame alive. I think that's always been what all the great doom bands have strived to do. It's a tremendous honour to add our own colour to the great tapestry of doom metal."

"There isn't any light at all in the album," asserts Necroskull. "It's far too easy for metal to become a parody. We're not the band out high-fiving everyone and pouring shots down your throat. Everything is falling apart, you can almost taste Armageddon - we're the ones peering ahead to the end of the world."

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Witchsorrow Streams New Track "God Curse Us"

U.K. doom metal band Witchsorrow are streaming the new song "God Curse Us." The song is the title track from the band's sophomore release, which is due out on July 3, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.

The track listing for "God Curse Us" is as follows:

1. Aurora Atra
2. God Curse Us
3. Masters of Nothing
4. Ab Antiquo
5. Megiddo
6. Breaking the Lore
7. Den of Serpents

Check out the song "God Curse Us" here:

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Witchsorrow And More Playing Bloodstock 2012

The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have announced a further three acts for the Sophie stage at this year's festival.

Returning to Catton Hall, Witchsorrow threatens the British summer time with downtuned doom and gloom that echoes metal greats such as St Vitus, Candlemass and Trouble. Says mainman Necro Skull: "We are truly honoured to be returning to cast a shadow over Bloodstock once more. We promise you total doom annihilation, a celebration for the damned as the end of the world looms at the end of this wretched annum. To be in the company of such excellent bands as Watain, Alice Cooper, Orange Goblin, Grand Magus and Winterfylleth is a grand thing indeed. God curse us, every one!"

Returning for the second year in a row, London loud-louts Dripback take a break from the studio to come back to the Sophie stage with their seething mix of hardcore and death metal. The band commented, “For us it’s all about being intense in tents, so this really is the perfect festival slot for Dripback. We’re all so buzzing about playing with Crowbar, Hatebreed, Testament and all the other awesome bands, this really is the best festival."

Finally, Swiss thrashers Battalion make their UK debut at Bloodstock. The Thrash Maniacs check in to say: “It's the first time for us to play in England! What a fucking start! We're looking forward to kick some ass there!!! See ya Bloodstock! Cheers from Zurich, the Battalion-Bastards.”

For more details on Bloodstock Open Air, head over to this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Witchsorrow Releasing Second Album

U.K. doom metal band Witchsorrow has made the following statement on its Facebook page regarding the release of its upcoming second album and change of record label: "Beware, cursed ones. On May 28th we unleash our second set of hymns to darkness, 'God Curse Us,' on Rise Above Records. Recorded at Foel Studios by the masterful Chris Fielding over Hallowe'en, this is an hour of pure, heavy, doom metal Armageddon. Prepare, the hour is nigh..." Check out the cover art for "God Curse Us" below. Check for more band updates on Witchsorrow's Facebook page.


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Metalunderground.com's Best of 2010 Awards

The Grammys have been awarded, February is winding down, and we are officially late with our Best Of Year in Metal acknowledgments. So let's get to it. Like every year, I polled our diverse staff of metalheads to obtain their picks in several categories for 2010.

2010 was an interesting year in metal. Was it good? Yes. But not what one might expect at the outset. There were a lot of releases by big names, but most did not make the splash one would expect. Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Tranquility, and Living Sacrifice all put out decent albums, but nothing too bold or worth raving over. 2010 was one more year removed from the fading metalcore trend; a year in which we could savor thrash's second life, and melodic death metal is still living strong. When the trendiest things are a return to thrash and technical metal (despite losing much of its death metal influences), that's not too bad from a metal perspective.

It's hard to say 2010 was a year for the underground to shine. The true underground bands rarely get widely noticed. But there were quite a few lesser known bands making names for themselves and grabbing their fair share of attention last year. Why is this? Is it a sign of a changing of the guard in light of the aging greats, and perhaps despite the thrash revival? It's hard to say, but personally, I discovered a lot of new bands that I thoroughly enjoy, so I am all for continuing along this path.

Let's get down to the details and talk about those bands that made 2010 a solid year for heavy metal by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks for 2010. The staff picks include the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2010, Best Metal DVD of 2010, Best Metal Newcomer of 2010, Best Live Act of 2010, and Most Anticipated Release for 2011. More...

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Witchsorrow Reveals New Album Tracklisting

U.K. doom metallers Witchsorrow has revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming Metal Blade Records debut. The self-titled album is set for release on October 26, 2010 through Metal Blade Records.

Here is the "Witchsorrow" tracklisting:
1. The Agony
2. The Trial of Elizabeth
3. Hail to Guy Fawkes
4. Thou Art Cursed
5. Impaler Tepes

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Witchsorrow To Re-Issue Self Titled Debut

U.K. doom act Witchsorrow will re-issue the band's self titled album on October 26th, 2010. Witchsorrow main man Nick commented on the band's place in the music industry:

"I think we sit on the outside. I've always had a bit of a distaste for the more jock end of the metal spectrum, where it's all Jagermeister, tits and clowning around. We're not like that. I don't think we could be considered 'cool' or anything, I just want the music to be a cauldron of bad vibes to tip over the audience, really.

"I wanted the band to be everything I loved about doom. I'd see a lot of bands in Vitus shirts around, but it was all feedback and sludge and screaming. I like that stuff, but there weren't hardly any bands doing doom the way I loved it, doom METAL. Some bands try not to be associated with metal, whereas we're nothing else! We're just very slow, miserable metal."

"Witchsorrow" was recorded at Foel Studios (Amon Duul II, Blue Cheer, Van Der Graaf Generator, Groundhogs, Hawkwind, Napalm Death, etc.) and produced by Chris Fielding. You can also check out the band's music via the Witchsorrow MySpace page.

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