From the antediluvian shores of the murky Hudson arises a new force in the world of metal. Articulate, elegant and ridiculously fucking heavy, Witchkiss are part of a growing movement coming out of upstate New York in the world of crushingly loud and punishing music. Built around raw emotion, sonic poetry and a sense of longing for a life lost, there is a haunting majesty to the work of Witchkiss. These Beacon, NY natives are fusing the sounds of bands like Subrosa, Yob and Isis to craft songs that contemplate the neverending cycle of life and death.
Their upcoming offering, The Austere Curtains Of Our Eyes is a journey through depressed unrealities, punishing truths, and a sense that something better can be made of this world. Founded by Scott Prater, a longtime songwriter and musician, along with his partner Amber Burns, a veritable novice on drums, this debut release has been a long time in the making, spiritually and musically. With a lineup being completed by the thrilling bass playing of Anthony DiBlasi holding down the bands massive bottom end, the Hudson scene is buzzing about these new heavyweights. Building on the interplay between eerie female vocals and crushing growls, the groove driven Witchkiss can’t help but to fascinate. Doom, sludge or whatever you want to classify them as, this is the kind of metal that fans of Windhand, Yob and even Gojira can’t help but to love.
The Austere Curtains Of Our Eyes will be released in July 13 via Argonauta Records and is available for pre-order here. Watch the lyrics video for ‘A Crippling Wind’ here: