Witchery (SWE)

Witchery (SWE)
Martin "Axe" Axenrot (Drums Opeth, Bloodbath, ex-Satanic Slaughter), Patrik Jensen (Guitar The Haunted, ex-Satanic Slaughter), Masse Broberg (aka Emperor Magus Caligula) (Vocals God Among Insects, ex-Hypocrisy, ex-Dark Funeral), Richard Corpse (Guitar), Charles Petter Andreason (aka Sharlee d'Angelo) (Bass Mercyful Fate, Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, ex-Sinergy,ex-Illwill, ex-Facelift, ex-Dismember, ex-King Diamond), Tony "Toxine" Kampner (Vocals ex-Satanic Slaughter), Erik "Legion" Hagstedt (Vocals ex-Devian, ex-Ophthalamia, ex-Marduk)

In July 2010 WITCHERY will return with the new album "Witchkrieg" and new vocalist Legion (ex-Marduk, ex-Devian).

Jensen: "So it's finally, finally, FINALLY time for a new WITCHERY album! And not just any ol' new album, no sir. This is quite possibly the best WITCHERY album to date.

Let me correct myself. This IS the best WITCHERY album to date.

I know a lot of bands claim their current releases to be 'their best work' and everyone knows that's a load of bullshit. However, in our case, I can say its 100% true.

If you don't believe me, then check out the album. You will notice how your flapping jaws slowly close, how you crank the volume and how you forget about your miserable life for while! On a sadder note, due to conflicting schedules, we have had to part ways with founding member Toxine.

We wish our brother in metal all the best in the future. Therefore, I would like to introduce to the world, a new unholy axis of musical terror.

We wish to welcome a new fulltime member to the WITCHERY coven; none other than: Legion!!!" The album was again mixed and mastered Antfarm studios by Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn). The heroic cover artwork was created by Andreas "Diaz" Pettersson.

As a first appetizer of the unholy axis of musical terror, go to the newly designed MySpace page and check out "The Reaver" featuring guest guitar solos by Gary Holt and Lee Altus of the mighty EXODUS. There are a couple more guests on "Witchkrieg": ultimate kings of Thrash, forgotten heroes and highly influential masters of six-string mayhem.

So watch out for more news to start the WITCHKRIEG. WITCHERY’s spell was cast upon our earthly existence when four members splintered off Satanic Slaughter in 1997: Jensen (later with The Haunted), Richard Corpse, Toxine and Mique. “We had such a great time together that we decided to continue under another name”, recalls Jensen (guitars).

Before recording their debut-album “Restless And Dead”, Jensen met Sharlee D'Angelo (also of Arch Enemy and Mercyful Fate fame, among others) and got him on board for the unholy alliance. The album was released in 1998 and was very well received, so WITCHERY recorded the "Witchburner" mini-album later during the same year. Not too long after its release, WITCHERY did their first US tour together with Borknagar and Emperor in July of 1999 and didn’t take much time to rest.

Their second full-length album “Dead, Hot And Ready” was unleashed soon thereafter and was followed by a six week European tour with Moonspell and Kreator in early 2000. After concentrating on duties with their other bands, WITCHERY got back together to record "Symphony For The Devil” in 2001.

It was the first recording with their current drummer Martin Axenrot (also in Bloodbath and Opeth, as well as a late member of Satanic Slaughter) who joined the circle of black magic after Mique had left the band. Later during the same year WITCHERY did a US tour along with The Haunted before falling into hibernation for some time.

Their debut on Century Media Records, “Don’t Fear The Reaper” came out 2006, showcasing not only a cover-version of the Satanic Slaughter classic “Immortal Death”, but also WITCHERY’s feel for catchy and precise metal tunes..