Swedish blackened thrash metallers WITCHERY have released the official music video for the song “Of Blackened Wing”, off their upcoming album, “I Am Legion”, to be released on November 10 via Century Media Records.
The clip, which was created by Martin Hultgren of Gryt Film, can be seen below.
WITCHERY guitarist Patrik Jensen stated about “Of Blackened Wing”: “‘Of Blackened Wing’ is a song that perfectly combines both the old and new sounds of WITCHERY. It mixes the thrashing touch of old with the grittiness and rawness of new. It’s one of my personal favorites on the ‘I Am Legion’ album and it will definitely be a part of our set for our upcoming live shows.”
As with the previous album, “I Am Legion” was created in the WITCHERY lineup consisting of Angus Norder (vocals), Patrik Jensen (guitar), Rickard Rimfält (lead guitar), Sharlee D’Angelo (bass) and Chris Barkensjö (drums). The disc was also produced and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Studios (BEHEMOTH, IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH) and comes packaged in powerful artwork by Andreas Diaz Pettersson, which can be seen below.
Jensen commented: “The first few days after the release of ‘Nosferatu’ (the first single from 2016’s ‘In His Infernal Majesty’s Service’ album), I was quite taken aback. There had been so many years between the releases of ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ and ‘Witchkrieg’ (four years) and then an additional six more years between ‘Witchkrieg’ and ‘In His Infernal Majesty’s Service’ that I hardly thought anyone remembered WITCHERY anymore…
We got our shit together for ‘In His Infernal Majesty’s Service’ in order to celebrate the band’s twentieth anniversary. We wrote new songs and got a few new members so we could make the album happen and have it released in 2016. But that was the goal; to merely celebrate the band’s twenty years of existence. Then, after ‘Nosferatu’ was released, this massive wave of appreciation started to surface. When the full album dropped in November 2016, we experienced a surge of positive feedback on the rest of the album as well. I mean, we all loved the album and knew it was good, but we were thrilled to see that also other people heard what we heard; that it was a great album and that this lineup had both the chops and riffs needed, displaying them with an enthusiasm and bravado perhaps not seen since maybe the early days of the band’s existence! This feedback of positive energy set things in motion within the band.
“Remembering our promise from somewhere around the release of the ‘Dead, Hot And Heavy’ album that we would put out two albums a year (youthful hubris, anyone?), we thought to ourselves: ‘Let’s try to put out a new album within a year of the release of ‘In His Infernal Majesty’s Service’. Said and done.
“With ‘I Am Legion’ having the same lineup, the same studio (Dugout Studios) and the same producer (Danne Bergstrand) as on ‘In His Infernal Majesty’s Service’, you just know that this will be yet another sonic fist-to-the-face riffage offering!
“We think ‘In His Infernal Majesty’s Service’ is a great album, but we also think ‘I Am Legion’ takes everything up a notch or two!
“We are very excited about ‘I Am Legion’ and we hope this release shows that WITCHERY, albeit after 20 years of existence, isn’t going to fade away. On the contrary, WITCHERY is more likely entering the most productive phase yet in the band’s career!”
Angus Norder – Vocals
Patrik Jensen – Guitar
Rickard Rimfält – Lead Guitar
Sharlee D’Angelo – Bass
Chris Barkensjö – Drums