[Cover photo credit to Sam Scott Hunter]
British Hard Rock act Wytch Hazel will release their new album, IV: Sacrament, on June 2nd, 2023 via Bad Omen Records. Recorded with longtime producer Ed Turner (Purson) and tracked in a converted Baptist chapel in rural Wales, the record builds on the momentum of the band’s 2020 album III: Pentecost.
In advance of the new record’s release, Wytch Hazel has unleashed a music video for the new track “Angel of Light”. Created by Wild Stag Studios (Angel Witch, Rick Wakeman), the video features Wytch Hazel performing in a “devout setting.”
Cocalist / multi-instrumentalist Colin Hendra comments:
…even after all this painstaking work, I still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of what Wytch Hazel could be doing musically. I wish I could have a month to work on one song, and go on a tangent a bit. I will in the future, it’s going in the right direction. It’s some of the most honest songwriting I’ve ever done, and the lyrics come from a darker place, I think. I’m getting older, that comes through in some lyrics: ‘see my body breaking’, ‘I’m digging deeper’, ‘time’s running out…’ – I struggle to see the positive a lot of the time, so the songs end up being negative, the subject matter coming from constant striving.
While Wytch Hazel’s “deeply personal lyrics”, come from a place of “faith and conviction”, Hendra explains that the band are not on a conversion mission:
Music is created for all, it’s a common grace for everyone, which is why the music that shows the glory of God the most, in my opinion, is not music created by Christians. It’s Black Sabbath, you know!