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Album artwork and general album update

Well as I type this, we have less than two months to go until the new album is released. Since the last update there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes with Witchclan and both labels Elvester Records and Darkness Shade Records.

To start with, I am happy to be able to reveal the brand new cover art, which was revealed on Facebook a few days ago and has been done by none other than Igor Mugerza who did the art on the last album and also the third demo tape. The story behind the art is that I wanted something which fitted the lyrics and the general feel of the album. Most of the lyrics are based around the Necronomicon so the art had to match this. I drafted up a rough sketch of the kind of thing I wanted and passed it to Igor to work his magic. What he came back with exceeded my expectations ten fold and it still takes my breath away. So without further a do – behold the brand new album cover….

The Dark Binding

I think you’ll agree that Igor has done an amazing job here. It’s a piece that you can look at for a while and not notice something in the picture until you look at it again. Spot the crow? Spot my gravestone? All in all, I couldn’t be happier and I am very grateful to Igor for putting so much time and effort into it. Igor will be staying with Witchclan for future relases so I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next time but if this is anything to go by then it will surely be something special.

In other news, for those of you who can’t wait to hear the album and wanted to have a sneak preview – Elvester Records have released an advance track entitled ‘The Crossing of Spheres’ and you can listen to it HERE.

Whilst we’re on the subject of advance promo tracks, Witchclan is set to appear on the cover-mounted CD’s in the next issues of Terrorizer and Zero Tolerance magazines with the song ‘Treading On Angels’. There is also going to be reviews of the album in both magazines and an exclusive Witchclan interview on the Zero Tolerance official website so keep your eyes open for that.

Finally – the cassette tape version which is being released via Darkness Shade Records have gone to press and are available to pre-order HERE. With regards to the Elvester Records releases, the CD’s have been delivered and we are very pleased with them. The vinyl will be here soon and pre-sales for both formats go live on September 25th. For those of you who are more digitally-minded, there will also be an official download available to purchase. Go to the official Elvester Records website for further information.

All in all, this is a very exciting time for the band and both record labels involved and we believe that you will be blown away by the sheer intense blackness which ‘The Dark Binding’ will instill in you. You should also be aware that in addition to the new album, there will also be brand new t shirts, patches, button badges and posters available soon.

The next update will come soon, so until next time – blasphemous regards from the Witchclan horde…


New album pre- orders

Well the time has come for another update. As you all probably know by now, the new album is complete and went to press a few weeks ago. We are now waiting on the vinyl, CD’s and t-shirts which should all be here within the next few weeks.

I am now happy to be able to reveal to you the title of the new album which is ‘The Dark Binding’. The artwork is still very much under wraps at the moment until it’s actually released but I can unveil the new style logo, pictured below. It’s basically a play on the older ambigram logo (a logo which reads the same upside down) but incorporates the Necronomicon sigil which was important this time around because a lot of the lyrics are based on this book.

Logo black background

In addition to this, I am also happy to be able to reveal to you the track listing which is as follows –

1) Descend Into Darkness (Intro)
2) Worms Of Hypocrisy
3) Treading On Angels
4) Dawn Of The Serpent Kings
5) Beyond The Seventh Gate
6) A New Dawn
7) Pathways To Immortality
8) Crossing Of The Spheres
9) Neverending Funeral
10) Descend Into Madness (Outro)

The vinyl version and the CD version will be released on October 31st 2014 via Elvester Records and the limited edition cassette tape version will be released via Darkness Shade Records a few weeks earlier.

If you want to pre-order yourself a copy of the tape, which is limited to 100 copies, go now to the Darkness Shade Records website to secure your copy.
Pre-orders for the vinyl and CD will be announced in the coming weeks. The wait is nearly over, and we are confident you will regard this album as one of the strongest UK Black Metal recordings to come out for some time.
More updates to follow soon… until next time, blackened regards from the Witchclan camp.


Witchclan signs to Elvester Records

I am extremely proud to anounce that Witchclan are signing to U.S label Elvester Records! The deal came about recently after label owner Erik got hold of a copy of the previous album ‘Misanthropist’.

Elvester Records Badge

So what does this mean for the new forthcoming album? Well Darkness Shade Records will still be releasing the cassette version of it which will be limited to 100 copies and due out in the late Summer. Elvester Records are releasing it on vinyl and also on CD. The vinyl will be limited to 500 copies, and the first 100 copies will come with a limited edition fold out poster of the front cover artwork. The vinyl will also feature a bonus track not available on the CD or the tape. The CD will be limited to 1000 copies. There will also be new t shirts available.

This has come at a great time for the band, and I am very excited to join the Elvester Roster. Don’t forget to check out the label and show some support – they are a relatively new label and have just put out their first release by Erik’s band Locust Fork. You can visit the website here, which will soon have some further information about Witchclan.


New album

Well it’s been a long time in the making, but the new Witchclan album is well under way. I started writing the new material almost a year ago but what with one thing and another, the progress has been slow. In recent weeks I have been hard at work in the studio and the recording process is now 80% complete.

At this point, we have 5 brand new songs, 2 re-recordings of old demo material and a cover song. There are currently no titles for the new material despite having previously advised you that there were working titles. The lyrics for the songs I wrote last year have been scrapped and all the lyrics for the new songs are to be written in one large lump in the coming weeks, before the vocals are recorded.

I can reveal to you which demo songs have been re-recorded. In 2010 I released the ‘Descend Into Darkness’ demo tape. One song from that demo, ‘Heaven Abhorred’, has already been re-imagined and found its way onto the last album, and the new album will feature a re-recorded version of ‘Dawn Of The Serpent Kings’ – a song which was originally written in 2009 and at the time of writing it, was the first song I had written in over 17 years.
The other re-recorded demo song was first written all the way back in 1994 when the band was a 5-piece. It’s called ‘Neverending Funeral’ and never actually had an offical release. Witchclan recorded a demo in 1995 which was never released due to the band splitting up later that year – so this will be the song’s first offical release.

The 2011 album ‘Misanthropist’ featured a cover song by Darkthrone, as many of you will know. This time ’round the cover song is somewhat different. Witchclan is, for all intents and purposes, a Black Metal band – however, one must not forget his or hers roots and with this cover song I aim to pay homage to one of the bands who introduced me to the more extreme sounds of Heavy Metal when I was a young kid. I won’t reveal what the cover is at this stage but I will tell you that it was first recorded by the band in question back in 1986 and has remained one of my favourite Metal songs to this day.

So what of the new material? Well I have stayed true to the Black sounds as most of you will be pleased to hear. The songs are strong, the riffs are catchy and overall I think I have achieved some great songs. Complexity through simplicity has been the key here, and I think that those of you who enjoyed the last album will more than enjoy this one. There is something for everyone, and I feel that the material is enriched with a vast array of influences whilst staying true to the Bestial Hell Metal that Witchclan is known for.

Finally, the artwork is to be done once again by Igor Mugerza who did the art for the last two Witchclan releases. I find that his style best suits the band and I am currently in talks with him about which kind of piece work well for the new album. Expect something impressive.

So what’s left to do? Well at the moment none of the songs have vocals, so the process of writing lyrics is next in the pipeline. After all the vocals are recorded I will begin work on the mixing, mastering and final production which I hope to have completed in the next month. Nothing can be rushed with this album because I want it to be the best release by the band so far, and with the current material I can safely say it’s a huge step up from ‘Misanthropist’.

The album will be released later on this year through Darkness Shade Records so keep your eyes peeled and of course keep checking back for more updates. Once everthing is completed I will give one final update before the actual release. Thank you to all of you for the continuous support, and your patience.

Darkest thoughts,

The Witchclan Horde…