Doom metal is an obsession, and from this obsession by three doom fanatics – guitarist Necroskull (formerly of Mfkzt), bassist Emily Witch and drummer Morrellhammer (also a member of Koresh) – was conjured Witchsorrow to continue the work of their forebears in proudly holding aloft the flag for super heavy true doom metal.
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Here it is! The final Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page of 2012. All our work from Damnation Festival 2012 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Interviews, photos, setlists, reviews – it’s all here. [Read more →]
Right, that’s it – that’s you lot. Damnation Festival have completed the line-up for their 2012 festival tonight by confirming the opening acts for all three of the festival’s stages – The Atrocity Exhibit on the Terrorizer stage, Hawk Eyes on the Jägermeister stage, and Ravens Creed on the Eyesore.
Damnation Festival have added another three bands to their ever-swelling 2012 line-up. Tonight’s trio of additions are Belgian sludge beasts, Amenra, post-rockers Maybeshewill, and the croaky doom of London’s mighty Witchsorrow.
It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time for the UK’s heaviest festival, Bloodstock Open Air. We’ll be gathering all of our Bloodstock Open Air 2010 coverage from the weekend on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need.
It’s been a strong year for Doom, with the UK once again representing the best the genre can offer. Alongside titans like Electric Wizard and Ramesses, there are guys like Witchsorrow bringing the misery back in force. Get on it!
It’s not often we say this – fuck, it’s probably the only time we’ve ever said it – but this weekend London is just Too Damn Metal. Not only are EyeHateGod playing at ULU tomorrow (Oh. Hells. Yes!), but the number of metal events going on this weekend that we actually want to go to (as opposed, y’know, to shitty clubnights full of children listening to shitty punk music) actually exceeds our ability to attend.
Witchsorrow are one of those bands where you either like what they do or you have no idea that they exist. Mark McQueen talks to frontman Necroskull about what it is that they do and why.
It is perfectly understandable if you haven’t heard of Witchsorrow, they aren’t quite on the cover of Q magazine, or on constant rotation on Kerrang! TV.
That’s why Thrash Hits .com is here to enlighten you in the ways of this highly talented, up and coming doom metal band in this interview with Necroskull, lead singer of Witchsorrow.
When and where did you form the band?
Emily Witch and I have been a couple for almost ten years. I came up with the idea for a doom band about 3 years ago while I was in a grindcore band and Emily said she wanted in. We’re both nuts about doom bands like Saint Vitus, Trouble and Reverend Bizarre, so we knew what we wanted to play before we even got together with Morrellhammer.
I first met him when my grind band played with his punk/sludge/hardcore/drunk twat band, Koresh, and one night when I was looking for a drummer I found him on MySpace and decided to ask if he’d be interested.
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Witchsorrow are a doom metal band. Could you give a more in-depth description of your sound?
Arcane doom metal, crawling horror played through slow, heavy riffs with occasional fast bits. I think true doom is probably the best description. Name a doom band and we owe them some royalties, probably! Any band who plays slow heavy metal is in there somewhere.
You seem to have a fascination with witchcraft and witch trials, why does this subject intrigue you so much?
The witch trials were so unfair, and so ludicrous, that to have been the subject of one must have been worse than death. You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. You end up with a slow, torturous death. Just the thought of having that kind of accusation thrown at you would have been terrible. You’d be completely fucked.
It’s similar to ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ by Iron Maiden. What’s going through someone’s mind when they’re being dunked in water to test if they’re a witch?
Do you tend to get positive crowd reactions?
Generally, yeah. I can’t ever see fuck all during a gig because my eyes are full of hair, but people always cheer at the end of songs. On the occasions that I do get a chance to look up, there’s always people headbanging, which is a victory in my book.
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What is the best gig you have ever played?
Our first gig was killer. We supported Blood Island Raiders the week before Christmas, and there were loads of our mates there, lots of Christmas cheer, and it just felt like a really good time.
The Doom Metal Inquisition in Bradford last month was absolutely amazing. It was a proper doom gig. I’ve been to all-dayers before when you spend most of the day counting down the hours ‘til the band you like come on, but every single band at that were awesome, particularly Warning and The Lamp Of Thoth.
Looking forward to playing at the ever growing Bloodstock festival later this month?
Absolutely. It’s an honour and a pleasure to be playing with Akercocke and Napalm Death. Bloodstock has a special place in my heart, it’s something I look forward to every summer. I have made a lot of friends there. I get to see people I should see more often and playing is just a good way of getting in for free!