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Burning Witches

Formed: 2015
From: Brugg, Switzerland
Last Known Status: Active

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Live Concert Report: 2021 Josefstadt (Day Two)

Day two of Josefstadt has ended. Before we get into some photos from the day, I wanted to touch on a couple of issues from my day one report.

By late afternoon on day two, there were no signs that fire had ravaged part of the food area on day one. New tents were in place, new signage, new cooking equipment, and everything was back to normal. I’m not sure how such a quick renewal can take place, but someone made it happen.

The sound/lighting booth that I mentioned as being a viewing obstruction on day one was moved back quite a bit for day two. There were still hundreds of people with little or no view behind it during the Marduk and Hypocrisy sets though.

Now for some day two photos.

Mean Messiah

Laura Guldemond of Burning Witches

Truchło Strzygi

I felt like Truchło Strzygi had the best performance of the day—very lively and entertaining. Smiles from ear to ear all across the audience.

Kids get in free!

Dordeduh panorama on the Octagon stage

The above photo was taken from the previously mentioned bar area that serves as a balcony of sorts for the Octagon stage. Best view in the house, but, unfortunately, only 15 or so people can fit.

Marduk


Ad Nauseam

Hypocrisy

The day three update won’t happen for a few days, as I will be too busy traveling, but it will happen. I promise. I’m really looking forward to Azarath and Mgla today.

More photos (and I mean dozens more) will eventually be posted here.

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Burning Witches Shares New Music Video

Heavy metal coven Burning Witches has just released their fourth full-length record "The Witch Of The North," which the band celebrated with a streamed release show for fans around the world. Today, they're following up with the release of yet another music video for their newest single and one of the album's strongest anthems "We Stand As One!" You can check it out below.

Few bands in recent memory have established themselves as quickly as Burning Witches, and few are able to write such timeless, grand tunes with somnambulistic ease; carrying Judas Priest in their hearts without becoming overly nostalgic, whilst rapidly developing their own unique voice.

Now, the Witches have opened a particularly gripping page in their grimoire: an album forged in the fires of a pandemic, created with patience, finesse and pitch-black lifeblood during a time in which even the Swiss coven had to retreat into the isolation and quietness of the dark woods. Right there they hatched new spells and new ways of weaving their potent magic into the world. For Freya, for the druidesses, for the witches as past, present and future.

Several recording sessions with Swiss metal legend V.O. Pulver and their producer, thrash titan Schmier (Destruction), at the end of 2020, enabled this foremost incarnation of the band to take their explosive heavy metal to new heights. This coven can’t be stopped by prejudice, nor by stakes, nor diatribes. The era of the Witches has begun. And anyone who won’t join this black magic circle will bitterly regret it for all eternity. More...

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Burning Witches Announces Free Livestream

Heavy metal coven Burning Witches are proud to announce that they will stream a release show for their fantastic new album "The Witch Of The North," on Friday May 28th at 7pm BST. The stream will be free of charge and accessible for fans all over the world. However, if you want to show the band your support, you will be given the opportunity to buy different kinds of 'support tickets'. So, mark the date in your calendars and prepare to get blown away once more by one of the most exciting new bands in heavy metal today.

Watch the stream here: https://burningwitches-life4you.webflow.io/en/home-en

Burning Witches commented,
"We want to give the release of our new album 'The Witch of the North' a special kick, by uniting all our fans worldwide for a free stream on this special day! Let’s make it a day to remember!
Tune in on the 28th of May for this online concert, it will be a magical night on release day! Thanks for the great support - we hope to meet you all on tour very soon! Your favourite Witches!"

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Burning Witches Releases New Music Video

Today, heavy metal coven Burning Witches are proud to release not only the title track of their upcoming new studio album, "The Witch Of The North," but also their first ever high-quality music video to go along with it. And they couldn't have chosen a better date for the release of this new single; it coincides with Walpurgis Night, the traditional night of the witches, deeply rooted in Central and Northern European folklore.

While the song "The Witch Of The North" showcases Burning Witches at their heaviest and features their most anthemic chorus to date, its music video brings the stunning album artwork by Claudio Bergamín to life. Witness the forest witch conjure a demon warrior out of the flames and lead it into battle. Sorcery, swordplay, fire and blood - it doesn't get more METAL than this!

Burning Witches comment on the video:
"It was a big dream for us, to finally produce a video clip with an acclaimed company like Grupa 13 and a bit of a bigger budget. The title track of the new album was the perfect song to transpose visually, it is not a typical single, it is more of an epic grower. This way we have visually reflected the song for eternity! We hope you will love it as much as we do!"

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Burning Witches Posts New Song Online

Today, the Swiss/Dutch heavy metal coven Burning Witches are proud to unleash an epic new single, Flight Of The Valkyries, taken from their upcoming fourth full-length album, "The Witch Of The North." The record will be released on May 28th 2021 through Nuclear Blast. A visualizer video for the song can be seen below.

Pure witchery: barely twelve full moons after the release of their third opus "Dance With The Devil," Burning Witches return steeled with "The Witch Of The North," their most fiery and thunderous work to date. An album equipped to become a modern metal classic. It’s obvious that anyone who manages to deliver such a masterpiece after just one year has to have the magic touch. Black magic that is!

Tracklisting:

1. Winter's Wrath
2. The Witch Of the North
3. Tainted Ritual
4. We Stand As One
5. Flight Of The Valkyries
6. The Circle Of Five
7. Lady Of The Woods
8. Thrall
9. Omen
10. Nine Worlds
11. For Eternity
12. Dragon's Dream
13. Eternal Frost
14. Hall Of The Mountain King (Bonus) More...

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Burning Witches To Release New Album In May

Swiss heavy metal coven Burning Witches and Nuclear Blast Records are delighted to reveal the magnificent cover artwork and the tracklist for the band's fourth full-length, "The Witch Of The North," which will be released on May 28th 2021.

From the epic title-track to the album’s catchiest anthem "We Stand As One" over to the ballad ‘Lady Of The Woods’ and speedy riff attacks like "Thrall," "Flight Of The Valkyries," and "Nine Worlds," "The Witch Of The North" marks a new highlight in the band’s career, with vocalist Laura brilliantly shifting from aggressive to seductive with ease. It doesn't matter if you have followed the band since its humble beginnings in 2015 or just recently fell for their charms, Burning Witches are doubtlessly one of the most sensational bands in heavy metal right now.

Burning Witches comment:
"We are happy and proud to already announce the new album and show you the terrific cover art! We have grown together as a team and have evolved our sound to the next level, the Witches 2021 are heavier and more epic than ever! So is the cover: Claudio Bergamín's amazing art is the perfect reflection of the record: icy, mystical, timeless and powerful! Please meet the The Witch Of The North and fall in love with our evolution!“

The cover artwork was created by Chilean artist Claudio Bergamín (Judas Priest's Firepower) and it sets the mood for the enthralling journey through enchanted forests and across snow-capped mountain tops that is: "The Witch Of The North."

Cover artist Claudio Bergamín states:
"The one and only Schmier from Destruction, reached out to me to ask if I'd be interested in doing the new Burning Witches album cover. Needless to say I was delighted to jump on board. The band had a very unique concept so it took me a couple of weeks to come up with an idea I was happy with. They wanted a classic looking illustration; pretty much in the vibe of Ken Kelly and Frank Frazetta. The Forest Witch was inspired by The Ents from 'Lord of The Rings' and Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus'. The girls' depictions were done in pure comic book style, and working on their faces to make them look as close as possible to the real people was a lot of fun. I wish more bands would ask me for that!" More...

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Ross The Boss Cancels European Tour Dates

Former Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss has confirmed that his headlining tour across Europe, which was set to feature support from Burning Witches and Trauma, has now been cancelled. The dates will be rescheduled to take place next year. A statement from the band's official Facebook page reads as follows:

"Effective immediately the Ross The Boss Tour November / December 2020 across Europe is being rescheduled into 2021. Unfortunately due to the continuing Pandemic worldwide it is not possible to perform as scheduled for these November and December 2020 shows.

"The Band is fully committed to replacing these dates in the Fall of 2021 in
the same markets. We will shortly, once all the shows have been secured, announce all the new
details. The band is looking forward to returning and performing for all the fans."

In related news, Burning Witches has announced that it's unlikely they will appear on the rescheduled tour, due to conflicting schedules which includes work on their fourth album.

"The sad news about the @Rossthebossband tour cancellation was expected and it still it brings us sorrow. It would have been a killer package, now obvious circumstances force us to go new ways! Moving the tour again to a new yet unknown date in 2021 will most likely not work with our schedule for next year.

"We are currently working on the new album, that is planned to be released in April/May 2021 via Nuclear Blast records. We wanna wish Ross all the best and say cheers for the invitation, hopefully we can play together another time when the world is back on track! Stay safe everybody!"

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Burning Witches Posts New Music Video Online

The mighty coven returns! Swiss heavy metal band Burning Witches have today released a music video for their brand new single "Circle of Five." The ladies conquered the studio and recorded this masterpiece accompanied by their new lead guitarist Larissa, who joined them a few weeks ago.

Romana comments: "We are hungry for action and proud to present you with this new song that reflects the band pretty well: its a bit freaky - high on gain and shows that we are a strong unit again! Larissa shows you here why she is the perfect person to play lead axe for us – please give her a warm welcome, she deserves the very best! And now enjoy this new riff-monster 'Circle of Five'!"

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Burning Witches Teases New Song

Swiss heavy metal favourites Burning Witches has posted a teaser video online for a new song titled, "Circle Of Five." You can check it out below. The band comments:

"In one week, on September 18th, our new single and debut with Larissa on lead guitar will be released for streaming and as a video clip! Are you as excited as we are?"

The song marks the first recording with new guitarist Larissa Ernst, who joined the band last month, replacing Sonia Anubis, who departed to form Crypta with former members of Nervosa. More...

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Burning Witches Welcomes New Guitarist

Headbangers everywhere, we have some very special heavy metal news for you today! The mighty Burning Witches are back with a vengeance. The Swiss heavy metal band is joined by powerful new witch Larissa Ernst on lead guitar. The ladies are also currently working in the studio on a new single, release day for the brand new track and the video will be September 17th.

Larissa, formerly of Anna Lux, Gomorra and Pater Iltis, greets the fans:
"Hey Burning Witches fans all around the world, I am unbelievably excited to join the coven on lead guitar! We all share this great passion for heavy metal and an almost lifelong friendship. I've followed the girls since the start and I will do my very best to live up to the expectations as a witch. Let´s continue this journey even stronger together! I'm ready to fight!!"

Meet new lead guitarist Larissa in an introductory trailer below.

The girls are very happy to be a complete band again, and looking forward to their future adventures. Romana adds:
"We are very happy to introduce our new witch Larissa! We are a full circle again and it feels really fantastic. Thanks to everyone who applied to play with us, there was so many great girls, it was overwhelming. We went for the girl that is a close friend, an amazing person and a skilled and experienced player. We hope you give her a sensational entrée, we know our fans are as excited as we are! We love what we do and want to continue our path now, with regained strength and friendship!" More...

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Burning Witches Parts Ways With Guitarist

Swiss heavy metal outfit Burning Witches has announced that, following the formation of her new band Crypta with former Nervosa members Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto, guitarist Sonia Anubis has parted company with the band. A statement from the group reads as follows:

"Many saw it coming: Sonia has left the Burning Witches!

"Yes, indeed to keep a girl band together is more difficult than we thought. Nobody wanted to sign us as a band, with the argument that woman-bands do not last. Well it seems THAT Curse is real! But we will NOT give up!

"Sonia has left us for her new project. We saw this coming and we have to accept it. People change and people move on. We wish her all the best!

"For us as a Band this means we have to work harder. We will continue our path and will of course look for a new Witch!

"But first of all, this Friday, we will have a LIVE JAM with some amazing girls and friends. More news on Wednesday! Please stay tuned!

"We will take our time to search and announce the new lead player, please understand we are as shocked as you are. We will use the Corona-times useful, to choose the right person for our lead guitarist position.

"The backbone of the band will remain strong, in friendship and musically. We are already working on new songs and are top motivated to return on stage.

"We want to thank all the fans for the amazing support and will keep you posted about our future moves! Stay positive! It sounds like a cliché but it was never more meaningful than now: WE ARE READY TO FIGHT!!!" More...

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Former Nervosa Members Launch New Band Crypta

Former Nervosa frontwoman Fernanda Lira has revealed via a post on her Instagram account that, along with drummer Luana Dametto, who also recently left Nervosa, she has launched a new band named Crypta. Joining the two in the project are Burning Witches guitarist Sonia "Anubis" Nusselder and former Hagbard guitarist Tainá Bergamaschi. The quartet, which was founded in June of last year, are currently working on material for their first release, which they claim will be more death metal focused than their respective better known works.

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Burning Witches Posts New Music Video Online

Swiss quintet Burning Witches unleash their new album "Dance With The Devil" today and to celebrate, the girls have released the official video for the fierce new single "Six Feet Underground." Watch the video below.

The band explains: "'Six feet Underground' was the last song we wrote for the new album and it came together just a week before we entered the studio. It's very melodic and catchy - if you hear it, you can't help but sing along!"

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Burning Witches Posts New Album Trailer Online

Swiss heavy metal quintet Burning Witches has uploaded the second part in a series of trailers for their forthcoming third album, "Dance With The Devil." You can check it out below, along with part one. The record is scheduled to be released on March 6th through Nuclear Blast Records and will be their first full length album to feature new vocalist Laura Guldemond, who replaced the departing Seraina Telli last year.

Tracklisting:

1. The Incantation
2. Lucid Nightmare
3. Dance With The Devil
4. Wings Of Steel
5. Six Feet Underground
6. Black Magic
7. Sea Of Lies
8. The Sisters Of Fate
9. Necronomicon
10. The Final Fight
11. Threefold Return
12. Battle Hymn feat. Ross The Boss & Michael Lepond

Bonus CD:
1. Mansion In Darkness
2. Black Magic (Acoustic)
3. Executed (live)
4. Open Your Mind (live)
5. Hexenhammer (live) More...

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Burning Witches Posts New Guitar Playthrough Video

Burning Witches introduced their new frontwoman Laura this summer alongside the release of a brand new single titled 'Wings Of Steel'. The song, which showcases Laura's vocals for the first time, is already available digitally but as a gift to fans, the band have decided to release it on 12" vinyl. The Wings Of Steel EP will be out on December 6, 2019 via Nuclear Blast and includes the aforementioned track, alongside three live recordings from Wacken Open Air 2019. Today the band has launched an official playthrough video for the song, which features the band's axe slingers, Romana and Sonia. You can check it out below.

Romana comments, "'Wings Of Steel' has a classic thrash/speed metal riff, that has its inspiration in the old school sound. It is one of my fave songs of the new record and that is one of the reasons why we have had the tune in our setlist for a while already. It has had amazing reactions live and will be a mainstay in our live set for a long time! I'm overjoyed to present you our first official guitar playthrough with my burning sister Sonia - I hope you enjoy it as much as we did recording it!"

Sonia adds, "'Wings Of Steel' is a powerful and speedy heavy metal song. The combination of the thrashy verse riffs and its melodic chorus makes this song absolutely epic. I love playing this song live because it's the moshpit track, and when people mosh; it’s like a mutual exchange of adrenaline between the musician and the audience! Hell yes!" More...

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Burning Witches To Release New EP

A few weeks ago, Burning Witches introduced their new front-woman Laura alongside the release of brand new single "Wings Of Steel." The song which showcases Laura's vocals for the very first time, is already available digitally.

As a gift to fans, the band have decided to release an EP featuring the brand new song "Wings Of Steel" alongside three live tracks from Wacken Open Air 2019. The EP will be released on December 6th 2019 and will be available on black and coloured vinyl.

The band states: "We are thrilled to present you with this limited edition collector’s item! It is the beginning of a new era with Laura and the three Wacken live songs are very special to us. It was our first time playing there, so it was really moving and exceptional - which is why we had to put that magic on the Wings Of Steel vinyl EP. Have fun listening and crank it up to 11!“

Tracklisting for 'Wings Of Steel':
Side A
1. Wings Of Steel
2. Executed (Live at Wacken 2019)

Side B
1. Open Your Mind (Live at Wacken 2019)
2. Hexenhammer (Live at Wacken 2019) More...

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Burning Witches Posts New Song Online

Swiss traditional heavy metal outfit Burning Witches has posted a new song online entitled, "Wings Of Steel." You can check it out below. The song is their first recording with new vocalist Laura Guldemond, who was unveiled as the band's new singer earlier this week following the departure of previous vocalist Seraina Telli, who left to concentrate on her band Dead Venus. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"So here it is, our first new track with Laura our future voice of your favourite Witches!
“Wings of Steel” is a brand new track and shows that we are an unstoppable unit!

"We wrote this song also for our faithful supporters that give us so much faith & strength, so we can do what we love!
“You set our souls on Fire - Wings of Steel!”

"Enjoy!!!" More...

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Burning Witches Reveals New Vocalist

Swiss heavy metal quintet has revealed that following the announcement a few days ago that vocalist Seraina Telli has decided to leave the band, the group has recruited a new singer to the fold in the form of Laura Guldemond of the Dutch band, Shadowrise. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"The sad news has already been around the globe, Seraina has left the Burning Witches.

"Sometimes there are things beyond our control that you don't see coming and are very disturbing. Nevertheless the band will move on with all upcoming concerts and is working on album no. 3 already.

"We have had some very difficult weeks, so in these times of sadness and confusion, we are delighted to welcome our new Witch Laura from the Netherlands into our circle.

"We also have the good news that we have decided to give the fans a special teaser and appreciation in the shape of a new song that we will release this week to debut Laura!" More...

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Burning Witches Parts Ways With Vocalist

Swiss heavy metal outfit Burning Witches has announced that they have parted company with vocalist Seraina Telli. No reason has been given for the departure, but the group has vowed to continue. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Dear Witches fans, we have been through some very difficult weeks, so please understand that there will be an official statement released very soon. We are travelling now back from the Sweden Rock festival that we just played.

"Yes it is true, Seraina has left the band by her own choice and we are all very sad about that fact but we are keeping our dream alive! So please stay tuned & thanks for your understanding - YOUR WITCHES!!!"

Since forming in 2015, the band has released two full length studio albums, "Burning Witches" and "Hexenhammer" and one live record, "Burning Alive." In February of this year, the band spoke to Metal Underground at their first show in the UK. You can check out the interview below. More...

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Hear Her Roar: Women In Metal

Today marks International Women's Day, in which we remember the contributions of many great women throughout history as well as in the world today. The day was first celebrated by the Socialist Party Of America on February 28th 1909. The tradition of celebrating women on March 8th was first done in the then newly formed Soviet Union, who declared the day a national holiday. It was adopted by other Communist and Socialist countries as a holiday before the United Nations recognised the event in 1975. Today the significance of the day varies, still being a public holiday in some countries, a day of protest in others and officially ignored in a number of other nations. So, what does all this have to do with heavy metal? Marie Curie, Rosa Luxemburg, Angela Davis and Joan Of Arc may not be common names in the metal world, but we have plenty of our own heroines and ladies to rival the lords.

For a long time, the role of women in heavy metal was seen by outsiders as miniscule or worse, nothing more than objects. Perhaps women have more of a role in metal music than previously thought however. Let's take for example what's considered the first heavy metal album, "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath. The cover art depicts a mysterious woman, cloaked in black, stood right in the middle of an illustration of Mapledurham Watermill in Oxfordshire. This is only a tiny example of course, but as heavy metal grew, so did the presence of women. Bands would often sing about women, be it in the context of relationships ("Victim Of Changes" by Judas Priest for example, was comprised of two earlier songs "Whisky Woman" and "Red Light Lady,") sex "Charlotte The Harlot" by Iron Maiden or as inspirations ("Jet City Woman" by Queensryche.) More...

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