Black/death metal blasphemers Black Witchery have lost one of their former guitarists, Tregenda, aka Steve Childers. According to reports, he died in a car accident. Childers performed with Black Witchery from 1997 to 2013. He also played in Public Assassin. He was 49. Our condolences.
Some of you might be surprised to see a new face at the Hultsfred Festival tonight when Witchery enter the stage to declare Witchkrieg over Sweden.
Explains guitarist Patrik Jensen (also in The Haunted): "We are saddened to announce the departure of Legion (ex-Marduk, ex-Devian), singer of last years Witchery ear crusher, Witchkrieg. Unfortunately, conflicting schedules made a continued collaboration impossible. We are very thankful for Legion's input and work on our latest album, and we wish him only the very best for the future. Witchery will however not remain without a leader to take them thru the netherworlds and beyond. None other than Emperor Magus Caligula (ex-Dark Funeral) has decided to once again adorn his armor, and go off to battle for the better of darkness and evil."
Swedish Thrash metallers Witchery proudly present their first-ever promo video for the title track of their just released 5th album, Witchkrieg.
The clip was shot in early May in Stockholm, Sweden and was filmed, directed and produced by Daniel Larrson and At The Gates/The Haunted guitarist Anders Björler (At The Gates Productions). Additional scenes featuring Kerry King of Slayer were filmed in early June in London, England. A making-of can be watched here.
Witchkrieg was released on June 21 in Europe and June 29 in North America via Century Media Records, and was mixed and mastered Antfarm studios by Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn).
Witchery are proud to present another new track of the upcoming album Witchkrieg that will be released by Century Media Records on June 21st in Europe and June 29th in North America. "From Dead To Worse" featuring a guest-solo from Andy LaRoque of King Diamond fame can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Guitarist Jensen: "Andy was an old friend of the band since he recorded the Witchburner EP (back in 1999). I think all musicians would at some point like to play with other musicians that they respect. Like with jazz, the constellations of musicians are always changing, but with metal its a lot more rigid. Having people do guest-solos is the closest way of collaborating in metal."
In July 2010 Witchery will return with the new album Witchkrieg and new vocalist Legion (ex-Marduk, ex-Devian).
Jensen: "So it's finally for a new Witchery album! And not just any ol' new album, no sir. This is quite possibly the best Witchery album to date. Let me correct myself. This is the best Witchery album to date. I know a lot of bands claim their current releases to be 'their best work' and everyone knows that's a load of bullshit. However, in our case, I can say its 100% true. If you don't believe me, then check out the album. You will notice how your flapping jaws slowly close, how you crank the volume and how you forget about your miserable life for while! On a sadder note, due to conflicting schedules, we have had to part ways with founding member Toxine. We wish our brother in metal all the best in the future. Therefore, I would like to introduce to the world, a new unholy axis of musical terror. We wish to welcome a new fulltime member to the Witchery coven; none other than: Legion!"
WITCHERY Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media Records; New Album Set For A Late March Release
Sweden's WITCHERY have returned from the dead after a two year hiatus to sign a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and deliver their highly-anticipated fourth full-length offering Don't Fear The Reaper, which is set for a late March release.
Led by Jensen (The Haunted), Richard Corpse, Toxine and Mique, WITCHERY's spell was cast upon our earthly existence back in 1997. Before recording their debut album, Restless And Dead, Jensen recruited Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy, ex-Mercyful Fate) and got him on board for the unholy alliance. Subsequently, the band released the Witchburner EP (feat. cover songs by Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, W.A.S.P. and Accept). Their second full-length album, Dead, Hot And Ready, stirred up a strong buzz in the underground metal scene, helping the band tour the U.S. and Europe.