[Cover photo credit to Per Addenbrooke]
Swedish blackened Thrash Metal pioneers Witchery are celebrating their 25th anniversary and are soon to return with their 8th studio album Nightside, arriving on July 22nd, 2022 worldwide via Century Media Records. Opening track “Witching Hour” has been released as well as a video directed by Martin Hultgren / Gryt Film AB, with post-production handled by Eduardo Hidalgo / E2h Design Studio & Maciej Pieloch / MPieloch.com.
Witchery mastermind and guitarist Jensen commented about “Witching Hour”:
And so, the ‘Witching Hour’ has finally arrived…This, the opening track of the new concept album ‘Nightside’ kicks off a story of unreal nightmares, demonic possession, inquisitional witches’ trials and then dives into the really dark stuff, haha. First try for us to create a concept album and we are very happy with how it turned out. We worked hard at creating songs that followed the dramaturgy of the story (which was more work than we ever realized, but a challenged we accepted and overcame!). We’re pretty sure that ‘Popecrusher’, and now ‘Witching Hour’, will pique your interest in hearing the full story of ‘Nightside’!
Following 2017’s I Am Legion album, Nightside was recorded with the Witchery line-up of Jensen (Guit., The Haunted / ex Seance), Rickard Rimfält (Guit., Seance), Angus Norder (Vox, Nekrokraft), Victor Brandt (Bass, Dimmu Borgir / ex Entombed A.D.), who now officially replaces longtime bassist Sharlee D’Angelo, and Chris Barkensjö (Drums, LIK / ex Kaamos). The album was mixed and Produced with Daniel Bergstrand (Behemoth, In Flames, etc.), and comes with artwork by Andreas “Diaz” Pettersson.
Previously, Witchery’s early catalogue was re-issued by Century Media Records in 2020 on CD, LP and digitally, finally making Restless & Dead (1998), Witchburner (EP, 1999), Dead, Hot And Ready (1999) and Symphony For The Devil (2001) available worldwide again.