Aug 022011

Is that a fucking awesome album cover or what? It’s by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Holy Grail, Cannabis Corpse) and it appears on the forthcoming release by Ohio’s Skeletonwitch, who are themselves awesome. Mr. Bouzikov also contributed the cover art for the band’s 2009 release, Breathing The Fire.

The new Witch album, Forever Abomination, won’t be out until October, but the teasing and the tempting have already begun with the unveiling of a song from the album called “The Infernal Resurrection”, which you can hear after the jump. As for how long you have to wait, here’s the release schedule for the album:

Mainland Europe: October 7
United Kingdom: October 10
North America: October 11
Japan: October 19

Pre-orders for the album are being accepted now, and there are some mighty sweet bundles being offered, which apparently will be limited to the pre-orders and will cease being available once the official release has occurred. More about that after the jump . . . plus we also have a killer new song and album art from a Scottish band we’ve featured at NCS before — Achren.

The Skeletonwitch album will be issued in three formats: digital download; a six-panel, plastic-free digipak; and a triple-gatefold LP (which in turn will be available in several color variants). As mentioned, there are a bunch of different bundle offers, and the cream of that crop is a $75.00 Collector’s Bundle that will include all of the album variants, a t-shirt, a hat, a whiskey flask, guitar picks, a lithograph signed by the band, and more. To quote the immortal Slim Pickens from Dr. Strangelove, “Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff!” More details are available at And now, here’s that new song:

The Infernal Resurrection by CenturyPA

Thanks to NCS reader/commenter Utmu for the tip about everything you’ve just read.

And now, onward to Achren . . .

We first discovered Achren through one of our MISCELLANY posts this past January (here), and sort of went crazy over their music — a crash-and-burn detonation of blackened death metal and thrash. Since then, the band have performed at this year’s Metalcamp 2011 and they’re scheduled to play Wacken Open Air, on August 4 (at 2:15 pm, to be exact) on the WET stage.

On top of that, the band have just announced that they plan to release their debut album on August 11 at UK’s Bloodstock-Open-Air 2011 festival — the night when Achren opens the festival with another live performance.

Entitled The Forgotten King, the new album was recorded in Scotland, mixed at Drop Hammer Studios in Finland by Matias Helle, and mastered at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden by Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Bloodbath, Devin Townsend Project). It should sound great — and it does. How do we know? Because we have a song from the album called “Pestilence”. Check it out — you’ll be glad you did.

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The Forgotten King can be pre-ordered online now at and will become available as a download on Amazon beginning August 11. Samples from all the tracks can be heard at Amazon now.


  1. Shortly after Breathing the Fire came out, my musical tastes had begun drifting toward the doomier side of things (viz., unsung heroes Boar []) and the ‘Witch got relegated to the back end of my playlist. This news made me go back and dig them out again, reminding me why I love the band and getting me REALLY fucking psyched for this new album.

    Giving Achren a listen – so far, I like.

  2. I fell in love with that Skeletonwitch track the second it started streaming. Though I love both “Beyond The Permafrost” and “Breathing The Fire” I will admit that both had/have their weaknesses, occasionally sounding rushed or a bit thin on the production values, but this…

    Oh yes. Oh yes indeed. Much more powerful production. Short but FULL of life and character. Chance’s vocals cut through with real power and vigour. The riffs… that majestic introductory chord progression… it speaks to the same side of me that loves Iskald and Elite. The song sounds more like an eloquent version of “thrashy black metal” than the more scrappy “blackened thrash metal”.

    And seriously… did I mention how FULL it sounds? I think that’s the perfect word for it. It’s short and sharp but doesn’t sound under-developed, lots of different pieces that are still given room to breathe. Big atmosphere. Powerful. More please!

    • Well said! I agree that this sounds like a step in the right direction for this band. I’m now very excited to hear the rest of the album. Having to wait til October, however, is not exciting. 🙂


    • Oh, and sorry my Euro date was wrong, I had a funny feeling about it being released so early. I guess they reversed the format of dating because the Japanese date was MM/DD with 10/19, and we all know that there can’t be a 19th month. Unless the Japanese operate on a calendar different from our own in which there are 19 or more months… let’s ask Phro!

  4. Worship the ‘Witch!!! Fuckin’ awesome 😀

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