Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 6:41PM
The UK's Witchsorrow will release their new doom-filled opus, God Curse Us, on July 3rd, 2012 in North America. The title track from the album can be heard now on metalblade.com/witchsorrow. Also, an in-depth interview with guitarist/vocalist Necroskull can be read on decibelmagazine.com.
Witchsorrow are a prime example of a band that plays pure, epic, and non-pretentious doom metal straight from the heart. If their self-titled 2010 debut suggested that, God Curse Us confirms it across almost an hour of unsullied doom.
Recorded over Hallowe'en by Chris Fielding at Wales' ultra-remote Foel Studios (Electric Wizard, Primordial, Hawkwind), God Curse Us is an album that brings the dark spirit of '70s Sabbath forward to 2012. Capturing the dark essence of classic doom: heavy, mournful riffs; oppressive atmosphere, bleak, sinister vocals and full-power metal freakouts, there's no mistaking it for anything else.
"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."
God Curse Us certainly does that over its hour of pure heaviness, taking in an Electric Funeral-esque vision of the apocalypse (God Curse Us), morbid, crawling grimness (Masters Of Nothing), dark fascination (Ab Antiquo/Megiddo) and pure Heavy Metal thunder (Breaking The Lore). For fans of the lighter side of metal, this is not.
"There isn't any light at all in the album," asserts Necroskull. "It's far too easy for metal to become a parody. We're not the band out high-fiving everyone and pouring shots down your throat. Everything is falling apart, you can almost taste Armageddon - we're the ones peering ahead to the end of the world."
Having already taken their doom-worshipping hymns all over the UK – including a slot headlining the Jagermeister Stage at Sonisphere 2011, where they unleashed Hell to the surprisingly large number of acolytes they pulled away from Metallica's performance on the Main Stage – God Curse Us looks set to cast Witchsorrow's shadow even further."