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Release date: 27 September 2013
Style: Gothic metal

Rating:

8 | 88 votes

Owners:

70 have it
13 want it


01. Witching Hour
02. A Witch Is Born
03. The Blocksberg Rite
04. Cannibal Witch
05. The Wood Hag
06. Hexenmeister
07. Pesta Approaches
08. The Call Of The Banshee
09. The Valkyrie
10. Witchery in Forests Dark I
11. Witchery in Forests Dark II


Line-up
Tobias "Allen B. Konstanz" Schönemann - vocals, drums, keyboards
Markus "Ulf Theodor Schwadorf" Stock - guitar, bass, keyboards

Additional musicians:
Skald Draugir - narration, jaw harp
Lana McHall - additional vocals


Additional info
Produced by MK.

Formats:

  • CD
  • CD in digipak including bonus track and extended booklet
  • Gatefold LP (180g virgin vinyl) incl. bonus track, poster and PVC protection sleeve: print-run of 300 copies
  • Book edition (hardcover, 48 pages, ca. 18x18 cm) incl. bonus track and bonus CD featuring horror ambient tracks by Schwadorf; print-run of 700 copies

    Release dates:
  • September 27 (Europe)
  • October 9 (North America)

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    master666 - 28.09.2013 at 17:05  
    Rating: 9
    Noxious - 29.09.2013 at 03:12  
    Rating: 10 Perfect...
    annodomini - 29.09.2013 at 13:42  
    Rating: 10 What just did happen in my headphones?
    Death_95 - 01.10.2013 at 17:59  
    Rating: 10 Amazing! My favorite Gothic band by far!
    Atom89 - 02.10.2013 at 19:24  
    Rating: 9 All this year expecting something like this. Play it loud and feel alive!!
    Congratulations, TVB !!
    Zaphod - 02.10.2013 at 21:01  
      Never heard this band before (heard of them many times), but that first song kicks so much ass it's ridiculous.
    Never used this before either, but it's appropriate:
    3rdWorld - 02.10.2013 at 23:38  
      This is at the top of "Top 20 of 2013". Lets see how longer it lasts.

    *youtube-s it in a new tab and looks for a frogged version as well*
    Erik M. - 03.10.2013 at 02:07  
    Rating: 7
    Written by Zaphod on 02.10.2013 at 21:01

    Never heard this band before (heard of them many times), but that first song kicks so much ass it's ridiculous.
    Never used this before either, but it's appropriate:


    Will see them tomorrow so checked this one out today. Although it's just a first impression, I must sadly say that it's definitely not as good as this one (which kicks even more ass if you ask me):



    Knowing myself however, I change my mind quite often after multiple listens of an album, just so you know. But I've listened to Carpathia 2 times in a row and I never really do that, which says enough I think.

    Btw, are you talking about the first song (Witching Hour) or what actually is the second song called A Witch Is Born? I'm asking because the first song is just an intro.
    Zaphod - 03.10.2013 at 09:57  
     
    Written by Erik M. on 03.10.2013 at 02:07


    Will see them tomorrow so checked this one out today. Although it's just a first impression, I must sadly say that it's definitely not as good as this one (which kicks even more ass if you ask me):

    Link

    Knowing myself however, I change my mind quite often after multiple listens of an album, just so you know. But I've listened to Carpathia 2 times in a row and I never really do that, which says enough I think.

    Btw, are you talking about the first song (Witching Hour) or what actually is the second song called A Witch Is Born? I'm asking because the first song is just an intro.

    Well, yes I was talking about the song after the intro, "A With Is Born". I'm definitely gonna check this band's entire discography out very soon. I'll start with that link of yours
    Also, have fun tomorrow
    nekrobik - 03.10.2013 at 14:01  
    Rating: 10 One of the best albums of 2013 \m/:devil:
    LeKiwi - 03.10.2013 at 15:40  
      I don't really delve into gothic but this is pretty enjoyable
    Dark†SymphonY - 03.10.2013 at 17:29  
    Rating: 8 Just gave this album a listen, extremely fun album. A few moments where I wanted dance around a campfire, but overall its not too bad. A good album to spin when Halloween arrives
    Hallford9000 - 03.10.2013 at 19:32  
    Rating: 8 Fun Gothic Metal. Scares the shit out of you, while you dance with rotten limbs. Also a bit chessy, but in amounts that are just right.
    Darth Mitchell - 03.10.2013 at 20:01  
     
    Written by Dark†SymphonY on 03.10.2013 at 17:29

    A few moments where I wanted dance around a campfire, but overall its not too bad.


    This part made my day XD
    Unhealer - 04.10.2013 at 03:55  
      I didn't know these guys are one of those top-2013-on-metal-storm-as-soon-as-new-album-is-released bands. I tried it and it's not my cup of tea, but not bad...
    Pétur - 04.10.2013 at 16:32  
      Typical The Vision Bleak, fun album to listen to but it gets tedious after a while. Has some catchy songs(The Wood Hag easily gets stuck in your head for weeks), some more slow and epic songs and some just plain forgettable songs. It is like every other The Vision Bleak album, Witching Hours is more comparable to Carpathia and The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey than the last one, all the song follow a central theme as the title tracks clearly show. An overall fun album but it doesn't break any barriers.
    Erik M. - 04.10.2013 at 16:33  
    Rating: 7
    Written by Zaphod on 03.10.2013 at 09:57

    Well, yes I was talking about the song after the intro, "A With Is Born". I'm definitely gonna check this band's entire discography out very soon. I'll start with that link of yours
    Also, have fun tomorrow


    Haha, I thought so, and thanks. It was definitely an enjoyable show. All three bands (Dordeduh, Saturnus and The Vision Bleak) were totally great. Musically (as in the music they make) The Vision Bleak is the "worst" (still good of course), but their performance was by far the best. Really cool guys and awesome to see Markus Stock right there on stage, who is of course also in Empyrium and Noekk (two way better bands, in my opinion). Too bad Saturnus only played for about 45-50 minutes since that is just too short for a band like that with a lot of long songs.
    Zaphod - 04.10.2013 at 19:02  
     
    Written by Erik M. on 04.10.2013 at 16:33


    Haha, I thought so, and thanks. It was definitely an enjoyable show. All three bands (Dordeduh, Saturnus and The Vision Bleak) were totally great. Musically (as in the music they make) The Vision Bleak is the "worst" (still good of course), but their performance was by far the best. Really cool guys and awesome to see Markus Stock right there on stage, who is of course also in Empyrium and Noekk (two way better bands, in my opinion). Too bad Saturnus only played for about 45-50 minutes since that is just too short for a band like that with a lot of long songs.

    I'd love to go see those three bands as well, but unfortunately they play on a Monday here in Belgium. And you're right, doom bands should play at least 3 hours. Just kidding of course, but 45 minutes is indeed short for a band with those long songs. It happens all the time though, since most of the time the bands with the really long songs aren't as big...
    I checked out that link, and indeed that album rocks as well. This band is cool. I don't think they'll ever be one of my favorites, but the music is definitely solid and just plain enjoyable.
    Death_95 - 08.10.2013 at 22:13  
    Rating: 10
    Written by LeKiwi on 03.10.2013 at 15:40

    I don't really delve into gothic but this is pretty enjoyable

    Me too, I don't really like Gothic but I love this band!
    Erik M. - 14.10.2013 at 19:01  
    Rating: 7
    Written by LeKiwi on 03.10.2013 at 15:40

    I don't really delve into gothic but this is pretty enjoyable


    So "pretty enjoyable" equals a 10? Pretty enjoyable equals a 7 in my book. While I like the band, they are never anywhere near the level of Empyrium and Noekk (of which Markus Stock and Thomas Helm are both members of) and even then I'd highly prefer their 2nd album (Carpathia) to the others that I've heard.
    Erik M. - 14.10.2013 at 19:06  
    Rating: 7
    Written by Zaphod on 04.10.2013 at 19:02

    I'd love to go see those three bands as well, but unfortunately they play on a Monday here in Belgium. And you're right, doom bands should play at least 3 hours. Just kidding of course, but 45 minutes is indeed short for a band with those long songs. It happens all the time though, since most of the time the bands with the really long songs aren't as big...
    I checked out that link, and indeed that album rocks as well. This band is cool. I don't think they'll ever be one of my favorites, but the music is definitely solid and just plain enjoyable.


    Sorry for the late reply (I kind of forgot to reply ). What does it matter on which day they play btw? Most shows during the week days don't end very late (around 23:00 I think). Anyway, I totally agree about what you said about this band. Really cool guys and band but the music itself isn't brilliant by any means. Handing out 8's for their albums is probably as high as I'll go because the music is just fun and not very impressive most of the time.
    Zaphod - 14.10.2013 at 20:11  
     
    Written by Erik M. on 14.10.2013 at 19:06


    Sorry for the late reply (I kind of forgot to reply ). What does it matter on which day they play btw? Most shows during the week days don't end very late (around 23:00 I think). Anyway, I totally agree about what you said about this band. Really cool guys and band but the music itself isn't brilliant by any means. Handing out 8's for their albums is probably as high as I'll go because the music is just fun and not very impressive most of the time.

    No problem.
    Well, normally I'd agree with you, but since Tuesdays are especially heavy this year I won't go to a concert on a Monday. If I had the self-control to not drink at a concert I might consider it, but I really don't
    Also, I don't like going to concerts alone so if I don't know anyone that's going/can't convince any of my friends to come (which, by the way, isn't that hard so it's not really an excuse in this case), I just skip it (unless it's a band or event I really really want to see. Or a rare occasion like Emperor reuniting. Or AC/DC coming to Belgium. That doesn't happen too often)
    LeKiwi - 14.10.2013 at 20:19  
     
    Written by Erik M. on 14.10.2013 at 19:01

    Written by LeKiwi on 03.10.2013 at 15:40

    I don't really delve into gothic but this is pretty enjoyable


    So "pretty enjoyable" equals a 10? Pretty enjoyable equals a 7 in my book. While I like the band, they are never anywhere near the level of Empyrium and Noekk (of which Markus Stock and Thomas Helm are both members of) and even then I'd highly prefer their 2nd album (Carpathia) to the others that I've heard.

    I started giving albums a rating of 10 if they were released during the current year to counter vote abuse. I change the rating after a while to the actual rating it deserves, since then my vote is rather insignificant
    Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2013 at 20:24  
     
    Written by LeKiwi on 14.10.2013 at 20:19


    I started giving albums a rating of 10 if they were released during the current year to counter vote abuse.


    which is vote abuse in itself
    LeKiwi - 14.10.2013 at 20:27  
     
    Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2013 at 20:24

    Written by LeKiwi on 14.10.2013 at 20:19

    I started giving albums a rating of 10 if they were released during the current year to counter vote abuse.

    which is vote abuse in itself

    You know what they say; two wrongs most definitely make a right
    Erik M. - 14.10.2013 at 22:04  
    Rating: 7
    Written by Zaphod on 14.10.2013 at 20:11

    No problem.
    Well, normally I'd agree with you, but since Tuesdays are especially heavy this year I won't go to a concert on a Monday. If I had the self-control to not drink at a concert I might consider it, but I really don't
    Also, I don't like going to concerts alone so if I don't know anyone that's going/can't convince any of my friends to come (which, by the way, isn't that hard so it's not really an excuse in this case), I just skip it (unless it's a band or event I really really want to see. Or a rare occasion like Emperor reuniting. Or AC/DC coming to Belgium. That doesn't happen too often)


    Hehe, I know the feeling. I can't imagine NOT drinking at all either... I mean, besides beer, what is actually a good non-alcoholic beverage? For example, after 2 glasses of Coca-Cola I'm already saturated and can't really drink more even if I wanted to. And drinking water all night is totally boring. Anyway, since my brother is travelling (for 3 months now) I sometimes go alone to concerts, like last saturday when OT performed, seeing as none of my friends enjoy doom metal enough to tag along (bastards ). But when Dark Tranquillity plays here in Tilburg this November I'm going with a friend of mine who does enjoy metal (mainly death, thrash and even nu metal I think, so pretty different taste from me, haha). But seeing as Marcel was also there it at least wasn't boring as he also knows most people there.
    Erik M. - 14.10.2013 at 22:04  
    Rating: 7
    Written by LeKiwi on 14.10.2013 at 20:19

    I started giving albums a rating of 10 if they were released during the current year to counter vote abuse. I change the rating after a while to the actual rating it deserves, since then my vote is rather insignificant


    Like Marcel says it is vote abuse in fact. Why even bother with that when you change the rating later anyway? Then the effect is gone anyway, while the real/other vote abusers still have their rating intact, so you basically fooled other people while you didn't accomplish anything in the end.

    Written by LeKiwi on 14.10.2013 at 20:27

    You know what they say; two wrongs most definitely make a right


    Except that that phrase is total nonsense (in this case at least).
    LeKiwi - 15.10.2013 at 02:09  
     
    Written by Erik M. on 14.10.2013 at 22:04

    Like Marcel says it is vote abuse in fact. Why even bother with that when you change the rating later anyway? Then the effect is gone anyway, while the real/other vote abusers still have their rating intact, so you basically fooled other people while you didn't accomplish anything in the end.

    Except that that phrase is total nonsense (in this case at least).

    Vote abuse perhaps, but with good intention. In truth, my vote may have been the difference between top 10 or 11 on the charts, thus allowing the album to garner the attention that it deserves. Regardless of additional vote abusers that may swarm, at least it could remain in the spotlight for that small length of time

    I was well aware of that, I was being satirical

    Edit: At this point all signs of vote abuse has vanished and this album's time in the spotlight is long gone, so I put the vote I think this really deserves....for now.
    Marcel Hubregtse - 15.10.2013 at 02:17  
     
    Written by LeKiwi on 15.10.2013 at 02:09

    thus allowing the album to garner the attention that it deserves.


    according to you. And this album and many others certainly don't deserve any attention (according to me) so you'r e simply as bad as someone handing out 1's to these sorts of albums.
    LeKiwi - 15.10.2013 at 02:29  
     
    Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.10.2013 at 02:17

    according to you. And this album and many others certainly don't deserve any attention (according to me) so you'r e simply as bad as someone handing out 1's to these sorts of albums.

    Of course, as with most things musical, purely subjective. Do the maths; there is a rather conspicuous difference between the way a rating of 1 affects the score in contrast with a rating of 10. You also forget the vote abusers retain their scores, I don't; as indicated by my current vote to the left.

    Edit: Also this is off-topic; we should probably stop.
    BitterCOld - 15.10.2013 at 02:31  
     
    Written by LeKiwi on 14.10.2013 at 20:27

    You know what they say; two wrongs most definitely make a right


    Hi.

    I'm BitterCOld, I'm a mod. The old tyme staffers used to refer to me as Duke Nukem for my willingness to blow up abusers voting histories like a kid shaking an etch-a-sketch.

    Normally I'd handle these warnings in public, but as you posted you reasoning in this thread, I am posting so all can see, and no one gets the same idea.

    If this is the case, not only will I be nuking your votes, but based upon admission of guilt, I'll be giving you a nice 30 day timeout from voting perms. (Or anyone else who gets a similar idea.... this is an omnidirectional warning.)

    Future violations can result in permanent loss of permissions.

    Hope that is settled.
    LeKiwi - 15.10.2013 at 03:18  
     
    Written by BitterCOld on 15.10.2013 at 02:31

    Hi.

    I'm BitterCOld, I'm a mod. The old tyme staffers used to refer to me as Duke Nukem for my willingness to blow up abusers voting histories like a kid shaking an etch-a-sketch.

    Normally I'd handle these warnings in public, but as you posted you reasoning in this thread, I am posting so all can see, and no one gets the same idea.

    If this is the case, not only will I be nuking your votes, but based upon admission of guilt, I'll be giving you a nice 30 day timeout from voting perms. (Or anyone else who gets a similar idea.... this is an omnidirectional warning.)

    Future violations can result in permanent loss of permissions.

    Hope that is settled.

    Vote abuse is a permanent infraction, disparate from my voting patterns. I hand out 10s to albums that impress me at the time, a preliminary vote of sorts. Over time, the score usually diminishes to the rating that I see fit once I have properly listened to the album. Hopefully that's clear now.

    Edit: I'm just clarifying that my comment "two wrongs..." was indeed sarcastic.
    Marcel Hubregtse - 15.10.2013 at 03:42  
      Another staffer made clear you are abusing votes yet you deny it, Mmm, weird seeing as staff made the rules and interpret it and not the user.

    so...

    am waiting for the nuke to drop and permissions to be taken

    Sitting back with a good glass of beer and a huge bag of popcorn.
    LeKiwi - 15.10.2013 at 03:56  
     
    Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.10.2013 at 03:42

    Another staffer made clear you are abusing votes yet you deny it, Mmm, weird seeing as staff made the rules and interpret it and not the user.

    so...

    am waiting for the nuke to drop and permissions to be taken

    Sitting back with a good glass of beer and a huge bag of popcorn.

    Bitter asked me to clarify that my activities aren't vote abuse and I've done just that. I'm a lenient voter and considering the voting system has no rules, how can I be infringing upon any?
    BitterCOld - 15.10.2013 at 04:45  
     
    Written by LeKiwi on 15.10.2013 at 03:18


    Vote abuse is a permanent infraction, disparate from my voting patterns. I hand out 10s to albums that impress me at the time, a preliminary vote of sorts. Over time, the score usually diminishes to the rating that I see fit once I have properly listened to the album. Hopefully that's clear now.

    Edit: I'm just clarifying that my comment "two wrongs..." was indeed sarcastic.


    and boom goes the dynamite.
    psykometal - 15.10.2013 at 07:20  
     
    Written by LeKiwi on 15.10.2013 at 03:56

    Bitter asked me to clarify that my activities aren't vote abuse and I've done just that.

    He did no such thing. He issued you a warning. You failed to let it go, and boom went the dynamite.
    Zaphod - 15.10.2013 at 08:32  
      Boom went the dynamite and a witch was born.
    hidden_ninja - 15.10.2013 at 11:21  
      Highly enjoyable but the mixing is terrible, especially on the voice.
    LeKiwi - 15.10.2013 at 13:36  
     
    Written by psykometal on 15.10.2013 at 07:20

    He did no such thing.

    He did; privately.
    Erik M. - 15.10.2013 at 17:39  
    Rating: 7
    Written by LeKiwi on 15.10.2013 at 02:09

    Vote abuse perhaps, but with good intention. In truth, my vote may have been the difference between top 10 or 11 on the charts, thus allowing the album to garner the attention that it deserves. Regardless of additional vote abusers that may swarm, at least it could remain in the spotlight for that small length of time

    I was well aware of that, I was being satirical

    Edit: At this point all signs of vote abuse has vanished and this album's time in the spotlight is long gone, so I put the vote I think this really deserves....for now.


    Vote abuse is vote abuse, whether it's with good intention or not. Why do you care so much about your favourite album being in the spotlight or not? Like Marcel says, to you this (and other) albums deserve that attention but that doesn't mean it's the case for everyone. Being satirical or sarcastic doesn't work well on the internet either, most of the time.

    The bolded part is where you went wrong again. It implies you might change your mind later about giving it the (in your opinion) correct rating.

    Written by LeKiwi on 15.10.2013 at 02:29

    Of course, as with most things musical, purely subjective. Do the maths; there is a rather conspicuous difference between the way a rating of 1 affects the score in contrast with a rating of 10. You also forget the vote abusers retain their scores, I don't; as indicated by my current vote to the left.

    Edit: Also this is off-topic; we should probably stop.


    Purely subjective? Yet your ability to judge the talent of vocalists is unbiased and objective, according to you, which is of course 100% wrong, as I explained multiple times to you.

    Written by LeKiwi on 15.10.2013 at 03:56

    Bitter asked me to clarify that my activities aren't vote abuse and I've done just that. I'm a lenient voter and considering the voting system has no rules, how can I be infringing upon any?


    Nope, you actually simply admitted being guilty of vote abuse, but because you were so convinced that you were right in this matter now your votes are deleted as well as your permit to vote. He even gave you a second chance, but unfortunately for you, you didn't take it. So while I might have initiated this reaction by pointing out your 10 vote, it's not my failt at all that this has happened. Had you been sensible then this wouldn't have happened. The fact that you said "I'm a lenient voter and considering the voting system has no rules, how can I be infringing upon any?" tells me you didn't take the warning very seriously either, which is very strange to me.
    Erik M. - 15.10.2013 at 17:39  
    Rating: 7
    Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.10.2013 at 02:17

    according to you. And this album and many others certainly don't deserve any attention (according to me) so you'r e simply as bad as someone handing out 1's to these sorts of albums.


    Yeah exactly. Even though handing out 1's to albums has a greater effect than 10's it's still the same thing in the end. I always found vote abuse totally pathetic since then you'd care more about the (in this case) MS rating than about your own rating, which means you're missing the point of rating entirely, as the rating is supposed to reflect your own opinion.

    Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.10.2013 at 03:42

    Another staffer made clear you are abusing votes yet you deny it, Mmm, weird seeing as staff made the rules and interpret it and not the user.

    so...

    am waiting for the nuke to drop and permissions to be taken

    Sitting back with a good glass of beer and a huge bag of popcorn.


    Yep, that's LeKiwi alright, unable to admit his wrongdoing in anything. Everything he claims is true while others who question him are wrong, in his vision. The sad thing is that he's actually totally convinced of him being right all the time, which is easily noticeable when you look at the way he formulates his messages. Hell, even when you and BitterCOld (2 staffers) confronted him he still never admitted he's wrong which is totally baffling to me.
    psykometal - 15.10.2013 at 20:01  
      Ok guys, let's move on. We all know what happened here, and can see the end result. Nothing more to say or do about it, so let's bring this thread back on topic. End of discussion, no if ands or buts about it. If you feel the need to continue discussing, you can do it in private amongst yourselves, no longer in this thread which is not for discussing the logistics of rate abuse.

    Any further off topic posts will be deleted.
    Lokaeda - 16.10.2013 at 13:21  
      Big disappointment as far as I'm concerned.

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