US heavy metallers Icarus Witch have unveiled details about their upcoming fourth album. The album will be called Rise and will be released on July 3rd via Cleopatra Records. "Rise", the title track from the upcoming album, can be streamed at this location.
US heavy metallers Icarus Witch are sad to announce the cancellation of the Di'Anno Tour where they would have shared the stage with Widow and Cauldron. The band posted the following on their MySpace page: "As many of you have heard by now, Paul Di'Anno has cancelled (or indefinitely postponed) his scheduled North American tour for this summer."
"Tragedy", the brand-new single from traditional metallers Icarus Witch, is now available for streaming at the band's Myspace profile.
The track was produced by Dave Watson at Soundscape Studios in Pittsburgh and mastered at Prairie Cat Mastering in Belvidere, Illinois by M.J.R. This marked the first time Icarus Witch recorded with an engineer other than longtime producer Eric Klinger (Pro-Pain, Built Upon Frustration) who recently relocated to Belgium.
After the US tour, Icarus Witch will return to the studio to record a new full-length album for a 2011 release.
Just three months ago, after the departure of original vocalist Matthew Bizilia, the guys of Icarus Witch were joined by a replacement vocalist Christopher Shaner. However, due to contractual obligations Christopher had prior to joining Icarus Witch, he will be unable to join the band for the first 3 dates of the Y&T tour that kicks off next Friday in Portland, Oregon. The band has, however, found a temporary replacement in vocalist Jason Russo.
In a statement on their MySpace blog, the band says: "We first had the pleasure to hear this guy wail a few years back when he was fronting Lifeforce Records artist, Herod. Since that time we also played a show in Cleveland with his band, Darkling. With a voice somewhere between TNT & Helloween on the high end and a ballsy growl that would make King Diamond proud, he's the perfect fit for this temporary fill in. We are most grateful that he's agreed to take this challenge on such a short notice. Portland, Seattle & Spokane are in for a rare treat. Don't take our word for it; check out his pipes at here."
In a statement on the band's website, the US heavy metal band Icarus Witch announce the news they have parted ways with their singer, and already announced his replacement. Here's the full message:
"We are excited to announce yet another massive shift in our ranks as we welcome new vocalist Christopher Shaner to the Icarus Witch circle and part ways amicably with original vocalist, Matthew Bizilia. Matthew's contributions to the band have been immeasurable over the past six years. While this was a serious decision for both parties, professional differences of opinion led to the change. Bizilia is a phenomenal talent who will always be a part of the Witch family as we wish him much success on his future ventures.
Heavy metallers Icarus Witch have issued the following update:
"Many people have mentioned over the last few years that they miss hearing Icarus Witch as a 2 guitar lineup with the harmonies, rhythms and dual leads intact. Our position was that we also enjoy hearing those elements but did not want to inject a new, unknown member into an equation that was already running so smoothly on stage. While on the Paul Di'Anno tour we were fortunate enough to have that 2nd guitar slot for Paul's set filled by a phenomenal talent in Pittsburgh area guitarist, Ed Skero (aka Full Metal Duffy). Performing that challenging set every night with Ed on stage proved a couple of things:
The 3rd full length CD, from traditional metallers Icarus Witch mysteriously entitled, Draw Down The Moon, will be released February 9th, 2010 through Cleopatra Records/Koch Distribution. The band was recently described as having a "Heavy influence of Iron Maiden combined with good old fashioned hard/rock metal production and great musicianship" by Don Jamieson, host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. Perhaps this assessment helped land the boys the opening slot on original Maiden crooner, Paul DiAnno's first American tour in over 15 years, commencing this January 27 in NYC.
Britain's Metal Hammer magazine recently drafted Icarus Witch for both their cover mount compilation CD as well as an interview on their feature about the explosive rise of traditional metal with the younger generation of bands, referring to the Witch as "One of the best new bands to take up the NWOTM (New Wave of Traditional Metal) standard and carry it triumphantly into the future. With such accolades, the pressure is mounting for the group to top their previous efforts, a feat which has been handily accomplished by the creation of this new album, their first since 2007's critically acclaimed, Songs For The Lost.