WITCH RIPPER have unveiled their next single, the slick mid-tempo crusher ‘Icarus Equation’, which is taken from the forthcoming album “The Flight after the Fall”. The sophomore full-length of the American melodic sludge metal outfit is scheduled for release on March 3, 2022. via Magnetic Eye Records.
The title of the track ‘Icarus Equation’ hints at the ancient Greek mythological character Ikaros, who flew too close to the sun on wings held together by wax during a daring attempted escape. The wings melted and Ikaros fell to his death, and the story is generally used as a metaphorical warning against having unrealistically high ambitions. The track is now streaming here:
WITCH RIPPER comment: “The new single, ‘Icarus Equation’ was the first song written for the new album”, guitarist and vocalist Curtis Parker writes on behalf off the band. “I think that we rewrote the final part six times before we landed on what’s on the record. We’re incredibly happy with how that ending turned out. ‘Icarus Equation’ represents perfectly how our two vocalists can not only juxtapose against each other but come together in unison – like we do on the bridge. In the story of the album, this song represents loss. A loss of life and a loss of wanting to carry on. Our protagonist is at his lowest during this song. That being said, we wanted to show that there is a light at the end of the tunnel by ending on a giant major key ballad-style moment.”
“The Flight after the Fall” is available to pre-order at THIS LOCATION
- Enter the Loop
- Madness and Ritual Solitude
- The Obsidian Forge
- Icarus Equation
5 .Everlasting in Retrograde Pt. I & II
WITCH RIPPER have created a loving pastiche of the legendary pulp science fiction stories of old. The story told on their sophomore full-length “The Flight after the Fall” has all those tasty ingredients: a mad professor, his dying wife, cryogenic chambers, a black hole as well as themes of love, failure, loss, and acceptance.
Musically, WITCH RIPPER have packed “The Flight after the Fall” with as much aggression and barely tamed electricity as anybody knowing them would expect, but there are also fleetly intricate guitar interplay touches of subtle synth, and cosmic atmospherics as well as unshakably catchy clean vocal hooks. In short, WITCH RIPPER maintain their brutal roots while embracing the arena rock bombast of QUEEN and DAVID BOWIE, the exuberant modern prog of COHEED AND CAMBRIA, and MUSE.
Born and raised in the city of grey skies and loud music, Seattle in 2012, Washington’s WITCH RIPPER have seamlessly welded together the contemporary heaviness of such hard-hitting acts as MASTODON, GOJIRA, and BARONESS with the anthemic quality of classic rock artists.
With a self-titled EP “Witch Ripper” (2012) and the debut full-length “Homestead” (2018), WITCH RIPPER garnered both critical acclaim and a strong buzz in the underground metal scene. WITCH RIPPER have performed alongside heavy rock outfits such as MONOLORD, CONAN, and RUBY THE HATCHET as well as modern metal acts including SLIPKNOT, GOJIRA, and KHEMMIS among many others.
WITCH RIPPER approach their music in true American fashion: big riffs, bigger hooks, and damn, that drummer! With “The Flight after the Fall”, available as translucent sea blue vinyl and as Digisleeve CD on March 3, 2023 through Magnetic Eye Records, this heavy Seattle outfit re-emerge boldly into the guitar-driven US metal scene.
In support of their new album, WITCH RIPPER have announced the first US shows. A European tour is in the making. Please see below for all currently confirmed live dates.
WITCH RIPPER Live:
18 MAR 2023 Seattle, WA (US) Substation
29 MAR 2023 Portland, OR (US) High Water Mark
30 MAR 2023 Eugene, OR (US) Old Nick’s
31 MAR 2023 San Francisco, CA (US) Kilowatt Bar +Brume +Nite
01 APR 2023 San Jose, CA (US) The Caravan Lounge
02 APR 2023 Los Angeles, CA (US) Redwood Bar
04 APR 2023 Tempe, AZ (US) Yucca Tap Room
05 APR 2023 Albuquerque, NM (US) Moonlight Lounge
07 APR 2023 Denver, CO (US) Skylark Lounge
08 APR 2023 Salt Lake City, UT (US) Aces High Saloon
09 APR 2023 Boise, ID (US) The Shredder
WITCH RIPPER is:
Chad Fox – guitar, vocals
Brian Kim – bass, vocals
Curtis Parker – guitar, vocals
Joe Eck – drums