• Jan Guisset

Sounds | Burning Witches, The Witch of the North



Sing it loud, I'm a witch and I'm proud! Akkoord, muzikaal is het allemaal niet vernieuwend en je moet een beetje voor het thema te vinden zijn maar de dames van Burning Witches hebben met albums over heksen, druïden enzomeer toch al een aardige fanbase weten op te bouwen. Hier of daar zal er altijd wel één of andere Neanderthaler rondlopen die wat lacherig doet over het feit dat een metalband volledig uit vrouwelijke muzikanten bestaat maar Dylan zei het bijna 60 jaar geleden al: "The times they are a-changing". Het nieuwe album, geheel toevallig ook The Witch Of The North getiteld verschijnt op 28 mei via Nuclear Blast.


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While the song "The Witch Of The North" showcases BURNING WITCHES at their heaviest and features their most anthemic chorus to date, its music video brings the stunning album over artwork by Claudio Bergamín to life. Witness the forest witch conjure a demon warrior out of the flames and lead it into battle. Sorcery, swordplay, fire & blood - it doesn't get more METAL than this!


Few bands in recent memory have established themselves as quickly as BURNING WITCHES, and few are able to write such timeless, grand tunes with somnambulistic ease; carrying Judas Priest in their hearts without becoming overly nostalgic, whilst rapidly developing their own unique voice. "We’re not really into bigger experiments," confesses guitarist and main songwriter Romana. "We’re all burning for classic metal like Maiden, Priest and Slayer. For me nothing’s better than this kind of music, so Burning Witches will always stay true to themselves."

Now, the Witches opened a particularly gripping page in their grimoire: an album forged in the fires of a pandemic, created with patience, finesse and pitch-black lifeblood during a time in which even the Swiss/Dutch coven had to retreat into the isolation and quietness of the dark woods. Right there they hatched new spells and new ways of weaving their potent magic into the world. For Freya, for the druidesses, for the witches as past, present and future.


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