Canadian extreme metal overlords WORMWITCH confirm their upcoming split EP with Atlanta black thrashers Sadistic Ritual. The offering will see release via Boris Records at an as-yet undetermined date later this year. In the meantime, WORMWITCH unleashes “Weapons Against Despair.”
“Weapons Against Despair” is the first of three relentless curses contained on the split, displaying in bright light the unbridled ferocity and ever-amounting intensity of the WORMWITCH protocol. An unstoppable hammer upon an immovable anvil, the song is a devastating storm of blast beats and masterful riffcraft, punctuated by the animal howls of something neither man nor beast.
Guitarist Colby Hink elaborates, “‘Weapons Against Despair,’ and the rest of our side of the split was recorded partially off the floor at LRS Studios in Vancouver, with [vocalist/bassist] Robin [Harris] tracking his contributions at Basement Studios in Paris, France. We’ve been really working to bring our process in a more organic and live direction, playing as much as we can in a room together and sending the mixes through 1/4” tape before mastering. This track is indicative of the band’s direction both sonically and artistically. We want a no-frills, hardcore punk approach while still lifting heavy influence from the old masters of heavy metal – on this song most notably the earliest works of Emperor, Candlemass, and Metallica.”
View WORMWITCH’s video for “Weapons Against Despair” at THIS LOCATION.
View WORMWITCH’s video for “Weapons Against Despair” at THIS LOCATION. Stream/order the track HERE.
The split will be released digitally via Bloodblast Distro/Prosthetic Records) as well as CD and 12” vinyl via Boris Records with further info including full track listing and preorders to be revealed in the coming weeks.
WORMWITCH will return to the stage next week on a three-week North American Spring tour. The journey runs from March 30th through April 1th9 and will find the band supporting Vitriol on select shows. See all confirmed dates below.
3/30/2023 Wise Hall – Vancouver, BC*
3/31/2023 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB*
4/01/2023 Black Cat Tavern – Saskatoon, SK*
4/02/2023 The Goodwill Social Club – Winnipeg, MB*
4/03/2023 Black Pirates Pub – Thunder Bay, ON*
4/05/2023 The Garrison – Toronto, ON*
4/06/2023 Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC
4/07/2023 La Source De La Martiniere – Quebec City, QC
4/08/2023 Le Murdoch – Sherbrooke, QC
4/09/2023 The Cap – Fredericton, NB
4/10/2023 Queen City Cinema Club – Bangor, ME
4/11/2023 O’Brien’s – Boston, MA
4/12/2023 Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY
4/13/2023 Milkboy – Philadelphia, PA
4/14/2023 Shred Shed – Pittsburgh, PA
4/15/2023 Reggie’s Music Joint – Chicago, IL
4/16/2023 1867- Lincoln, NE
4/17/2023 Lost Lake – Denver, CO
4/18/2023 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
4/19/2023 Big Dipper – Spokane WA
Like black wings from an obsidian sky, WORMWITCH descended from the darkness in 2015, somewhere upon the rain-soaked woodlands of coastal British Columbia. Animated from the bones of several local punk and heavy metal bands, the new entity set out to combine a melodic blackened death assault with the ferocity and attitude of crust punk and classic rock and roll, jettisoning the burdens of ceremony and pomp that dominate the genre today.
WORMWITCH released their first demo, The Long Defeat in 2015, and shortly after signed to Prosthetic Records, under whom they released Strike Mortal Soil (2017), Heaven That Dwells Within (2019), and Wolf Hex (2021). During that time the band toured with the likes of The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Midnight, Necrot, Uada, Bewitcher, and many others, earning themselves a dedicated cult following and international critical praise. In 2022, WORMWITCH struck out to independently release a string of singles and embark upon several tours of North America, refining their craft and continuing their tried-and-true tradition of devilish speed, searing melody and diabolical intensity
Now, with blades meticulously honed and tempered under the light of a feral Canadian moon, WORMWITCH emerges from the woods once more to offer “Weapons Against Despair,” the leading single from their upcoming split with Sadistic Ritual.