Nightshift Promotions and The Dev present:
Witchsorrow and THE MOTH
plus special guests Partisan (feat. ex-member of Oathbreaker)
Live Music from 8pm
19:30 – PARTISAN
20:15 – THE MOTH
21:00 — WITCHSORROW
— WITCHSORROW — Smouldering away in the dark corners of metal since Black Sabbath birthed it with that immortal tritone, doom has lurked in the shadows for decades, waiting for the earth’s lost souls to find their solace in it. Following in the footsteps of Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Candlemass, Trouble, Cathedral, Reverend Bizarre and countless other greats who have carried the torch for this genre are Hampshire doom disciples Witchsorrow – a triumvirate for whom this music is a calling, an obsession.
Formed by singer/guitarist Necroskull and bassist Emily Witch to embody their love for the form, from their first embers in 2006, Witchsorrow’s puritanical devotion to doom has become their life’s work. Armed with riffs forged in the same Iommian fires as their doom metal forebears, they have fanatically explored the genre for new sparks to stoke the fire – all the time biting their thumb at the world they hate. And with the riffs, misanthropy and pure doom worship of 2010’s self-titled debut, 2012’s Armageddon-invoking God Curse Us, and the heavy metal thunder of 2015’s No Light, Only Fire, Witchsorrow have earned a reputation as one of the UK’s finest underground doom outfits. Think the atmosphere of early Cathedral, Electric Wizard’s heaviness, the heavy metal heart of Candlemass or Solitude Aeternus and you’re in Witchsorrow’s parish.
“I just want to carry on what Sabbath started,” states frontman Necroskull. “I want to keep that old flame alive. I think that’s always been what all the great doom bands have strived to do. It’s a tremendous honour to add our own colour to the great tapestry of doom metal.”
The band’s name quickly spread, and appearances with such doom luminaries (doominaries?) as Saint Vitus and Electric Wizard followed, as well as crushing appearances at Download 2016, Roadburn, Desertfest, Bloodstock, Damnation, and Germany’s Stoned From The Underground festivals, and the time they duked it out with Metallica headlining the Jagermeister Stage at Sonisphere.
Now, a new dawn breaks, and the band are currently sharpening their claws to record the follow-up to No Light, Only Fire at Skyhammer with Chris Fielding (Conan, Primordial, Electric Wizard), set to land early 2018. In a world of President Trump, the Armageddon so referenced in the band’s lyrics seems closer than ever – this will be the soundtrack.
“The perfect essence of doom, done by die-hard metal maniacs…” – 8/10, Metal Hammer
“Witchsorrow are a revelation...” Zero Tolerance (UK)
«One of the best doom offerings of the year» — 9/10, Terrorizer
«It is everything a doom-head could ever want» — 10/10, The Metal Observer
— THE MOTH —
THE MOTH are a girl and two guys hailing from Hamburg, Germany. Cécile, who plays a 3-stringed bass, and guitarist Freden sing head to head – which gives there massive sludge songs a unique Jekyll & Hyde-like aural aesthetic that’s as brutal as it it bewitching. Their debut album „They Fall“ was released on THIS CHARMING MAN RECORDS in September 2013. In the year following the release they already performed at Desertfest Berlin and went on a European tour with UK doom-kings CONAN.
Their sophomore album «AND THEN RISE» was released in April 2015 on THIS CHARMING MAN RECORDS as well. The band has since been invited to festivals from Oslo to Vienna (i.e. Desertfest Berlin, Stoned from the Underground Festival, Erfurt / Stateless Fest Berlin / Svart October Fest Oslo / Desert Sun Festival Vienna, Desertfest London), has toured the UK, Europe and Germany and been reviewed in magazines and blogs around the world.
From slow burning doom to speed thrash-riffs: A well-tempered mix of High on Fire, Crowbar and Kylesa – their sound is virtually void of frills, instead opting to turn out hammer heavy drums and riff ready songs. In no time THE MOTH have established themselves in the underground doom-metal-sludge community.
Partisan is the brainchild of Cedric Goetgebuer, Ivo Debrabandere and Thijs Goethals. Having known one another for many years, it was in the year 2013 that they began to work on said project. Partisan represents a sonic departure from the norm; its collective members may be known for past and current HC and metal-derived projects such as Rise and Fall and Oathbreaker, but they are far from being a mere extension of their predecessors.
With their post-punk inspired sound, led by noisy, yet clean and bright guitars and driving bass, Partisan channel influences from their collective musical pasts into songs that deliver their power and urgency through texture, dynamics and dark melody.
The debut Partisan record was made over two sessions from September 2014 through March 2015 with producer Michael Neyt at Jetson Studio in Kortrijk, Belgium, and their debut live performance is scheduled for September.