Hells Headbangers announces the signing of Germany's Witching Hour. The first fruit of this union shall be the band's highly anticipated third album, ...And Silent Grief Shadows the Passing Moon. Specializing in sepulchral blackthrash magick but moving towards ancient metal mysticism, currently, Witching Hour have revealed a demo version of new-album track "As I Walk Among Sepulchral Ruins" here:
Witching Hour to life in 2006 and are currently based in the southwest of Germany. After a self-recorded demo in 2007 and several live appearances all around Germany, they signed to Evil Spell Records in 2008. In the following years with the label, two full-length LPs, a split 10" with Division Speed, and a mini-LP were released as well as live shows in Germany, England, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, and Denmark.
As drummer-turned-guitarist Sascha Bastian reveals, "The upcoming album consists of the songs we have written since the Where Pale Winds Take Them High EP. It's the band's first release as a three-piece since we decided to continue without a second guitar-player shortly after the release of the EP. The songs, however, are still written for two guitars, and on the live front, we have Max and Slaughter who help us out on the second guitar. The album will be entitled ...And Silent Grief Shadows the Passing Moon and consists of six songs and an instrumental intro, coming to about 40 minutes. All songs share a dark atmosphere of sorrow and melancholy. The band's previous style hasn't been drastically changed but developed further to create a thick atmosphere without losing focus on varied riffs and harmonies as well as memorable vocal lines."
About signing with Hells Headbangers, Bastian says, "After parting ways with our old label, we hoped to bring the band a step further with a new record deal. So, signing with Hells Headbangers now makes perfectly sense, as HHR has the capacities to get the band more widely known outside of Germany as well as outside of Europe. We'd also like to play abroad a lot more, for which an international distribution like Hells Headbangers' is essential. We are really appreciative to work with HHR in the future."