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Boston thrashers Razormaze have inked a deal with Ireland’s Slaney Records for their sophomore full-length “Annihilatia.” The album features artwork by Andrei Bouzikov (Cannabis Corpse, Municipal Waste, Skeleton Witch) and was tracked at Damage Studios by Pete Rutcho (Havok, Recoation). This will be the band’s first album featuring new guitarist Joe Gettler. Razormaze has also leaked a track from the album entitled “Worshipping The Void,” which can be heard below.

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I'm going to shit my pants! Skeletonwitch have announced a new US tour, and during that tour, the band will be joined by one of the best live acts today, Ghost for a few east-coast shows. I am going to get to see the witch and Ghost on the same night?! Oh, fuck yes! Here …

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Suggestions that chart was rigged to keep the song from #1.

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Suggestions that chart was rigged to keep the song from #1.

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Hailing from Stoke On Trent in the UK comes sludge combo Space Witch, who is gearing up to release its official debut EP “The Alchemy Paradox” on April 30th. One song from that three-track endeavor, “Hang the Witch,” is streaming over on bandcamp , or below in the widget.

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Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Canada’s Necronomicon (not to be confused with the German band of the same name). The death metal trio’s upcoming fourth album is entitled “Rise of the Elder Ones” and has been tentatively scheduled for a June 7th release (June 10th in North America). “Many people know that for some years in the past Necronomicon have been through some really dark years and that starting with ‘The Return of the Witch,’ or what we called the return to the source, we rose out of that period with more determination and strength than ever,” front man Rob “The Witch” states

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Occultation has announced a West Coast tour (christened “Dreams In The Witch House”) in support of the “Three And Seven” release. They will be touring with the NWOBHM-influenced band Borrowed Time, who hail from the wastelands of Detroit, Michigan.

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Long overdue, the return of The Metal Minute’s Take 5 interview section, kicking off with our bud Jason Myers of Icarus Witch…

The Metal Minute:  Icarus Witch did some road dogging lately in support of Rise.  Give me a recap of the tour, what you felt was the best gig on this round and where you found the most hospitality.

Jason Myers:  We did a brief tour of North America focussing on the east coast of the U.S. and Canada with White Wizzard and Widow. The best gigs, in my opinion were New York City, Toronto, Raleigh and Atlanta. To be honest, the most amazing part of the tour was the fantastic hospitality we received in almost every city!  

This tour was scaled back and when you’re on the road at this level, the difference between a decent experience and an amazing one is often the time you spend before and after the show.  We were so fortunate to have friends, relatives and in some cases generous strangers open their homes and (bravely) their bathrooms to us.  Many times bands are forced to choose between the uncomfort of sleeping in the van or digging into merch money to get an occasional hotel.  On our summer tour we stayed at actual homes every night and that is where you really create some of the most lasting memories and camaraderie.

TMM:   You had quite a bit of a roster change-up coming into the recording of Rise.  We discussed the addition of Christopher Shaner, who I likened to Jeff Scott Soto and you mentioned a number of people said the same. Certainly he’s brought a different dynamic to Icarus Witch this time. Tell me how you feel the band’s changed with Christopher and Dave Watson.

JM:  The addition of Christopher’s vocal style and writing approach broadened our base and we began noticing a lot of new support from the melodic and modern rock circles, whereas in the past our niche was a bit more relegated to the smaller trad scene.  

The addition of Dave Watson was just as significant.  While bringing the band back to a dual guitar lineup, he also added a new level of production excellence with his keyboard skills and engineering acumen. The result of both additions really pushed our sound into a more modern realm while still remaining true to our classic influences.

TMM:  I have to know where the inspiration for all of that erotic artwork on Rise’s packaging derived from.  I detect some Lovecraft, the old American International Goth flicks and love of a different nature altogether.

JM:   For that you would have to ask the photographer Sergey Bizyaev although you may want to brush up on your Russian.  His visions and art are so stunning that I knew the second I saw his work at lovecsnov.com I had to commission him for the new Icarus Witch campaign.  Rather than delve into his inspiration or creative mind I prefer to simply enjoy the results of his eye and we are quite fortunate that he agreed to work with us, as the nude Witch became as much a star of Rise as the music itself!
 
 
 

TMM:  You have a funny post at Facebook about the 2012 Mayan prophecy turning out to be a bust and, to paraphrase, now you’ll have to wing your future plans for 2013.  What’s on your horizon, hypothetically and realistically?

JM:  To be honest, after the drain of writing, recording, promoting and touring on Rise, I really needed to unplug and shut down to recharge.  The past few months have been a bit of psychological rehab and we are now just getting back into the mode of regrouping and plotting our next phase.

TMM:  A number of years ago I went in to the original Primanti Brothers and ordered a Killian’s with my steak sammich and fries stuffed inside.  The place went deathly quiet around me and if I hadn’t been wearing my Jerome Bettis jersey, I suspect they might’ve picked a fight with me.  I quickly changed my beer order to Iron City and everyone went right back to their business. That still cracks me up to this day.  Are you really a dead man in Steeltown if you don’t order an Iron City at the bar?

JM:  That’s hilarious and sad at the same time in that exemplifies both the charm and limitations of a city like this.  Since Primanti’s isn’t the most vegan friendly restaurant, I don’t eat there often but I would suggest ordering a Yuengling or Lion’s Head if they have it.  Both are high quality lagers and since they are Pennsylvania brewed, you can still eat in peace avoiding both Yinzer confrontation and the unpleasantries of the digestion process that may accompany Iron City consumption.

 

(c) 2012 The Metal Minute / Ray Van Horn, Jr.

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Brazilian metal band announced the replacement for outgoing vocalist Talita “Thalita” Cristina, who joined earlier this year but hasn’t appeared on any recordings for the band. The new vocalist is Bil Martins (Dark Witch/Ex-Heavenly Kingdom). The band is gearing up for the recordings of the third studio release “Keep it Hellish,” which is due out in 2013 via Pure Steel Records.

The press release reads as follows:

“After the premature departure of the singer Thalita that replaced the former vocalist Roger Hammer, HELLISH WAR announced that Bil Martins is it’s new frontman.

“Born in the south cost of Sao Paulo, Bil is an experienced vocalist with a 15 years career. Founding member of the band Dark Witch, he now assumes the position of new HELLISH WAR singer and his first mission is to record the new band’s album, Keep It Hellish. This will be the third studio release of the band, fourth of its career, sucessor of the live effort Live in Germany (Hellion Records). Keep It Hellish will be released in Europe by Pure Steel Records in February of 2013 and will preced the second European Tour of the band being booked for October.

“The debut of Bil Martins on stage with HELLISH WAR was on friday, December 14th, during the band’s show at Asteroid Bar in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo.”

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U.K. black metal act Nine Covens released the new album “On The Dawning Light” earlier this month in Europe, and now the album is set for release in the U.S. on January 8th, 2013 through Candlelight USA’s Cult Series. The label comments:

“On The Dawning Of Light is the second album from rising London-based underground black metal band Nine Covens and their first with proper distribution in North America. Nine Covens came together to explore the darker, more brooding aspects of black metal and in doing so have created a virulent, belligerent and passionate account of the weakness that exists in humanity. Nine Covens offer a sonic confrontation to the eternally weak and all who follow without question to reflect on themselves and consider an alternative. Named after noted English witch/magician George Pickingill, Nine Covens shroud their identities to focus on the music.”

The “On The Dawning Of Light” track listing is as follows:

1. Origin Of Light
2. As Fire Consumes
3. At The Ocean’s Strand
4. The Mist Of Death
5. The Fog Of Deceit
6. To Quench A Raging
7. White Star Acception
8. Over The Ocean’s Way
9. A Burning Ember

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