Ladies and Gentlemen and whoever else may be out there reading this: I just have two words for you. FUCK YEAH, NEW BELL WITCH!
And following that, a few more words: SHUT UP, I KNOW IT WAS FIVE WORDS, I CAN COUNT, HONESTLY!
Anyway, believe it or not, it’s been almost a year since the official release of the band’s demo EP (see it
reviewed described in excruciating detail here.) And now reports are starting to come in about their upcoming full-length debut album, so it’s definitely time to start getting excited…
Late last night I stumbled across this little gem from Profound Lore Records, revealing the title and release date, and a sneak peek at one of the tracks! Well, half of a track anyway — only about the first eleven minutes’ worth. But still.
BELL WITCH – Album/Tour Announcement, New MP3 Posted
Published September 11, 2012 | By Profound Lore Records
Seattle extreme doom metal duo Bell Witch, comprised of bassist/vocalist Dylan Desmond (also of Samothrace fame) and drummer/vocalist Adrian Guerra, have completed their soul crushing debut album Longing along with announcing a U.S. tour to coincide with the release of Longing respectively.
By creating massive, epic, and crushing soundscapes of doom, all this merely with just bass, drums, and a dual vocal pummel, Longing expands on the promise Bell Witch laid down with their 2011 demo, which was seen as one of the best doom metal demos of last year. Longing (which features guest vocals by Erik Moggridge of Aerial Ruin on the track “Rows”) is a slow, time-stretching trodden journey through sounds of darkness, pain, and suffering and serves as one of the saddest, morose, and most despondent, stripped down, doom metal releases of the year.
To be officially released on Nov 13th, tracklisting for Longing goes as follows:
- Bails (Of Flesh)
- Rows (Of Endless Waves)
- Longing (The River Of Ash)
- Beneath The Mast
- I Wait
Check out an MP3 of the opening track “Bails (Of Flesh)”, or at least the first 11 or so minutes below (the track just exceeds the 20 minute mark).
BELL WITCH TOUR…
The duo will also be touring in conspiracy with the release of Longing and even though, as mentioned, the new Bell Witch album is slated to officially be released Nov 13, the band will have the album available on tour at all their shows. So if you get a chance to see this doom metal wonder live, you’ll also be able to pick up a copy of Longing well before the official release date. Joining Bell Witch on some of these shows will be their label-mates in Loss, Pallbearer, and Coffinworm. Also as part of their tour, Bell Witch will be playing this year’s mighty Fall Into Darkness Festival in Portland alongside some of our other bands such as Subrosa, Worm Ouroboros, and the debut live performance from Vhöl.
The tour dates go as follows:
10/05 – Seattle, WA @ The Comet Tavern
10/07 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios (Fall Into Darkness)
10/11 – Fargo, ND @ The New Direction
10/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club
10/13 – Chicago, IL @ TBA
10/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn (w/Coffinworm, Black Goat of the Woods)
10/15 – Somerville, MA @ Radio Somerville
10/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
10/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Golden West
10/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern
10/19 – Washington DC @ RAS Restaurant And Lounge
10/20 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
10/21 – Chattanooga, TN @ Sluggo’s North Vegetarian Cafe (w/Loss)
10/22 – Nashville, TN @ The End (w/Loss)
10/23 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtowm Music Hall (w/Pallbearer)
10/24 – Kansas City, MO @ House Show
10/25 – Denver, CO @ Blast O Mat
10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Dog Pound
10/27 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Well. That’s a lot to digest. But really exciting, no?
Now, sharp-eyed readers may note that there was a typographical error included in that list of tourdates, in that they forgot to include the Pittsburgh show — which I am sure they totally meant to include. Maybe Loss, Pallbearer, and Coffinworm were just fighting over which of them got to come to here as well — which is just silly, because we’d be delighted to have any or all of them. But anyway, I have no doubt that’ll be sorted out any time now, and we’ll hear a new announcement of additions to that schedule. Because nobody wants to see me cry. Right, guys? Hello?