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Witch Blade - 'Vittrorna Kommer' (Månsken 2022)

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Με τους Witch Blade έχουμε να ασχοληθούμε (περισσότερο από) έξι χρόνια! Κάτι απόλυτα λογικά καθώς ο μοναδικός τους δίσκος ("Oskuldernas eld") κυκλοφόρησε το 2015. Οι Witch Blade μας έρχονται από την Σουηδία.

Τριμελές heavy metal σχήμα, το οποίο τραγουδά στην μητρική του γλώσσα, δημιουργήθηκε πριν από μία δεκαετία και αποτελείται από τρεις... μάγους! Τον Witchhunter (Joacim Lindblom), τον Witchlover (Erik Kristhammar) και τον Witchdoctor!

Οι δύο μάλιστα από τους τρεις σχετίζονται (και) με τους Insane. Ο Joacimήταν μέλος τους από το 2009 έως το 2012, ενώ ο Erik συνεχίζει μέχρι και τις ημέρες μας. Οι Witch Blade έχουν κυκλοφορήσει ένα demo, ένα single κι ένα full length album, με το δεύτερο να βρίσκεται προ των πυλών. Φέρει τον τίτλο "Månsken" και αναμένεται στην "καρδιά" του φθινοπώρου...

Ο δίσκος των Witch Blade 'Månsken'
Δελτίο τύπου: «Dying Victims Productions is proud to present the highly anticipated second album of Sweden’s Witch Blade, Månsken, on CD and vinyl LP formats.

Hailing from Kristinehamn, Sweden’s Witch Blade were formed back in 2012 by Witchlover and Witchhunter. The two childhood friends had been playing together in other projects but wanted to form a band that honored their heavy metal heroes: namely Angel Witch, Tokyo Blade, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden.

After writing a couple of songs, the band became a three-piece when drummer Witchburner joined in early 2013. The same year, the band recorded their self-titled debut demo, which sold out quickly and was later re-released by Levitate Records, followed by a 7” single titled Fjärrans Krig in 2014.

After working as a sound engineer on the single recording, Witchdoctor joined on second guitar just in time for the band’s debut album, Oskuldernas Eld, released in 2015 by Dying Victims. Witch Blade made their live debut in 2015 as a supporting act for Black Trip.

Since then, the band have made several live appearances around Sweden. Thereafter, a period of hibernation followed until 2021, when the band decided to continue again as a trio. The result is something of a rebirth: Månsken, Witch Blade’s second album.

While the cover to Oskuldernas Eld certainly clued listeners in to its contents, the one for Månsken compellingly complements the album’s contents in a most tasteful fashion. There’s undoubtedly an olde-worlde, magickally musty flair to Witch Blade here - also keenly note the band’s change in logos – their traditional heavy metal going back even further in time to the proto-metal era.

Nothing overdriven, nothing too over-the-top, just hard rocking and hot rockin’ and an almost narrative moodiness to the songwriting whilst staying locked into classic verse/chorus/break structures, Witch Blade once again locate that wonderful (and elusive) balance between garage-born emotion and swords & sorcery stateliness.

To a man, the riffs and leads of guitarists Witchlover and Witchdoctor (who also drums here) often impart a melancholy on par with Wishbone Ash’s Argus or Thin Lizzy’s Black Rose, while frontman / bassist Witchhunter sings his heart out in his native tongue, which only heightens the heart-on-sleeve pathos across Månsken.

And just like its full-length predecessor, the eight-song Månsken is an extremely swift and satisfying spin at 33 minutes. All those denim-clad diehards and cloak-wrapped warlocks into early (and moody) hard rock and cult NWOBHM, you are hereby commanded to witness the rebirth of Witch Blade with Månsken!»

Band: Witch Blade
Country of origin: Sweden
Location: Kristinehamn/Storfors, Värmland
Formed in: 2012
Genre: Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: Witches, Darkness, Evil
Years active: 2012-present

Audio: "Vittrorna Kommer"
Album: "Månsken"
Type: Full length
Release date: October 21st, 2022
Label: Dying Victims Productions
Format: CD, LP, Digital

Track listing:
1. Skuggornas Herre 05:01
2. Månsken 03:32
3. Vittrorna Kommer 04:09
4. Hellvetika 04:51
5. Vidundrets Kall 04:28
6. Ritual 02:48
7. Häxjägarna 03:04
8. Slavarnas Hämnd 04:18

Band members:
Witchhunter - Bass, Vocals
Witchlover - Guitars
Witchdoctor - Guitars, Drums

Miscellaneous staff:
Jamie Elton - Mixing, Mastering
Joel Sundin - Artwork

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