Masters of infernal metal since their inception 25 years ago, Swedish blackened Thrash Metal pioneers WITCHERY return with their 8th studio album “Nightside”, to be released on July 22nd, 2022 worldwide via Century Media Records.
Following 2017’s much acclaimed “I Am Legion” album, “Nightside” was recorded with the WITCHERY line-up consisting 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 once more mixed and produced with Daniel Bergstrand (Behemoth, In Flames, etc.), comes with artwork by Andreas “Diaz” Pettersson.
A first single and video for the razor-sharp track “Popecrusher” is being released today and can also be viewed in an animated video clip created by Eduardo Hidalgo & Maciej Pieloch / MPieloch.com & E2h Design Studio here:
WITCHERY mastermind Jensen commented about “Popecrusher” as follows: “Setting the benchmark for the new album, “Popecrusher” is the first foreshadowing aural assault from our new album “Nightside”. All the pieces fell into place with this album and we can’t wait for everyone to hear the album in its entirety. “Nightside” is our first attempt at writing a concept album, and “Popecrusher” is of course a part of that story. We hope you love the soul-incinerating heaviness of “Popecrusher” as much as we do. More great things are soon to come. Do the W!”
As previously mentioned, “Nightside” features brief guest appearances on vocals by Jeff Walker (Carcass, on “A Forest of Burning Coffins” as well as guest guitar leads by Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate, on “Left Hand March”), Simon Johansson (Wolf, on “Crucifix and Candle”) and Maciek Ofstad (Kvelertak, on “Don’t Burn the Witch”).
“Nightside” will be released in the following formats: Jewelcase CD, 180g. vinyl LP (either as black vinyl or as limited transparent red vinyl of 500x copies via CM Distro/Mailorder) and as Digital Album.
Look out…WITCHERY’s “Nightside” is heavy metal witchcraft at its best. The witching hour has arrived!