One of the torch bearers of true black metal, Black Witchery worships the early Black Metal hordes in the likes of Blasphemy, Conqueror, Beherit, Archgoat to name a few. Keep in mind that this worship does not mean that they are ripping off their predecessors music. Being a black/death, war metal band they do have similarities with other bands of the same genre; yet this horde has their very own and unique style of spitting forth blasphemies.
They started their Christian raping journey in 1990 and changed their name a few times. First they were known as Irreverent (1990-1994) which later changed to Witchery (1996-1999) and finally to Black Witcehry (From 1999 onwards).
They play a brand of very primitive and raw music and their few splits and 3 full lengths are all produced and mixed in that manner. Their music is fucking barbaric and filled with anger and hatred but provides a trancing quality all at the same time. This ritualistic quality puts you in a trance the same way Von’s music does. They keep their music simple, the way it should be. You will find no technical stuff here. There are no melodies. The guitar riffs are repetitive and keeps on firing away. There are very few riff changes, some which are not that understandable if you are not listening to it carefully. While some can be understood very well after a long attack of repetitive guitar riffs. The guitar is down tuned and provides a sound like a chainsaw cutting through a pile of dead priests. The Bass is as attacking and powerful as the guitar and the bass lines mainly follow the guitar works. The drumming is a machine-gun attack on your speakers! Fast and continuous blast beats from the beginning to the end of the song (album). The vocals is another thing!It is like a growling/screeching/howling of a man who is possessed.
It seems as if the power of the vocals can penetrate and shatter a glass wall to pieces.The overall music is dark and chaotic.Their lyrics is based on anti-christian ideologies, occultism and Satanism.
Their guitarist Tregenda, who has been in Black Witchery for a long time left the band in August of 2013. It was a friendly and mutual understanding between him and the other band members. Joing the horde is Alal’Xhaasztur (Hellvetron, Nexul, Nyogthaenlisz) who will continue to desecrate with the band from now on.
Black Witchery do not play in all live shows and boycotts all invitations from the commercial scene. They played recently in the NWN! Festival Volume III in Berlin alongside Blasphemy, Revenge, Sabbat, Ares Kingdom, Dead Congregation, Proclamation, Blasphemophagher, Morbosidad, Wrathprayer etc. I heard that Ryan Förster plans on releasing the DVD of the live desecration which is surely a thing to watch out for! Black Witchery has some live DVDs which are recommended. Their live onslaughts are fucking great, full of evil energy and hatred. They have plans on releasing splits with Revenge (Canada), black/death metallers Nyogthaeblisz (US) and war metal hordes Deiphago (Philippines) in 2014. Also a live and rehearsal LP/CD on Nuclear War Now! productions is on its way. Look out for the releases.
They are to play in Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo,Norway in 2014 alongside Impiety, Necros Christos, Rotting Christ etc.
Black Witchery is not for the weak hearted. If you like your music polished this band is not for you. Fans of old school black and death metal MAY OR MAY NOT like Black Witchery. Well, this form of art this not for everyone. But fans of war metal should love these maniacs. Whether you are into war metal or not,whatever it is, give this band a try and see where it goes!
Summoning of Infernal Legions (EP, 1998)
Evil Shall Prevail (Demo, 1998)
Hellstorm of Evil Vengeance (Split, 2000)
Live in San Antonio and Vancouver (DVD, 2001)
Black Metal Endsieg I (Split, 2001)
Desecration of the Holy Kingdom (Full-length, 2001)
Katharsis / Black Witchery (Split, 2002)
Upheaval of Satanic Might (Full-length, 2005)
Desecration & Sodomy (Split, 2008)
Blasphemous Onslaughts 2005-2008 (DVD, 2009)
Live Desecration Ritual-December2001 (Live album, 2010)
Inferno of Sacred Destruction (Full-length, 2010)
Impurath: Bass, Vocals (1999-present)
Vaz: Drums (1999-present)
Alal’Xhaasztur: Guitars (2013-present)
Written By: NecroSemen