Photo by David Choe
(October 5th, 2017) – Seattle, WA’s delectably devastating doom metal duo Bell Witch will join French doom metalists/labelmates Monarch! for a stretch of US dates this December. The tour will commence on December 1st and run through December 7th, with additional performances to be announced in the coming days. This freshly-announced trek follows Bell Witch’s previously announced- an steadily approaching- North American tour with Denver doom troupe Primitive Man from October 25th to November 17th. A comprehensive list of confirmed dates cna be found below.
Additionally, Bell Witch will bring their destructive odes to the stages of Roadburn Festival 2018. Set to take place in Tilburg, The Netherlands, the band will perform two sets, the first on Saturday April 21st at the 013 venue and Sunday, April 22nd at Het Patronaat. However, the band’s onslaught doesn’t stop there: the duo will be recreating their soon-to-be-released, eighty-three-minute offering, Mirror Reaper, in its crushingly exquisite entirety. The feat requires the input of honorary member, vocalist Erik Moggridge (Aerial Ruin), who will be joining the band to complete the performance. Expect his fragile, yet evocative vocal style to lend an even more ghastly and ethereal quality to Bell Witch’s already otherworldly sound- a sonic treat that not a single metalhead should dare pass up!
Mirror Reaper is set for release worldwide via Profound Lore Records on October 20th. With their latest output, the band has created a truly enormous work – one continuous, eighty-three-minute piece unfolding as a single track. Engineered and mixed by veteran producer Billy Anderson (Swans, Sleep, Neurosis), the duo of Dylan Desmond (bass, vocals) and Jesse Shreibman (drums, vocals, organ) have pushed the band’s sound further beyond their landmark 2015 LP, Four Phantoms. While retaining the colossal heaviness of their previous releases, Mirror Reaper sees the band explore the more meditative, melancholy, and introspective aspects to their sound through the introduction of long, lonely organ passages and the return of Moggridge, offering a prominent presence.
In conjunction with the release, Bell Witch has created a feature-length music video. The film is a video collage comprised of dozens of archival films. Each of these clips are woven together with the album to build a patient, heavy, and haunting narrative. The film aims to hold the viewer in the state of a lucid dream, feeling trapped as a specter drifting through places of darkness. Mirror Reaper will be a projection for the band’s live performances, as well as a standalone cinematic experience.
Director Taylor Bednarz comments,
“When I met Dylan and Jesse, they were just finishing up the last of the album and had been kicking around the idea of a music video. I mentioned I was a filmmaker, showed them some of my work, and they extended the opportunity to make a film with them. After listening to the album and talking with the two, I started collecting dozens of old horror movies, anatomical films, historical documentaries. I am so honored to have gotten the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible project.”
Bell Witch Tour Dates
w/ Primitive Man:
10/24/2017 Diabolical Records – Salt Lake City, UT * no Primitive Man
10/25/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
10/26/2017 O’Leavers – Omaha, NE
10/27/2017 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/28/2017 Rock Island Brewery – Rock Island, IL
10/29/2017 The New Dodge – Hamtramck, MI
10/30/2017 Ace Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
Coalition – Toronto, ON
Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QC
Geno’s – Portland, ME
Cop Frat – Oneonta, NY
ONCE – Boston, MA
Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
The Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ
Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
Exit/In – Nashville, TN
White Water Tavern – Little Rock, AR
Growlers – Memphis, TN
11/15/2015 Santos – New Orleans, LA
Lost Well – Austin, TX
Lounge – Fort Worth, TX
11/19/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ w/ Thra, Ceremented * no Primitive Man
11/30/2017 Cobalt – Vancouver, BC * Bell Witch only
12/01/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA
12/02/2017 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
12/03/2017 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR
12/05/2017 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
12/06/2017 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
12/07/2017 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
BELL WITCH’s Mirror Reaper will be available on 2xCD, 2xLP, and digital formats.
About Bell Witch
Formed by Desmond and ex-drummer/vocalist Adrian Guerra, BELL WITCH
released their first self-titled demo in 2011 and partnered with Profound Lore Records for their debut album, Longing
, in 2012. The duo’s second LP, 2015’s acclaimed Four Phantoms
was recognized as one of doom metal’s triumphs of the year. The band extensively toured in North America and Europe, securing notable festival appearances including Roadburn, Basilica Soundscape, Sled Island, and Psycho California.