Wednesday, March 26, 2014

KARYN CRISIS: Gospel of the Witches


Groundbreaking vocalist and visual artist Karyn Crisis reveals new details of her newest musical project, Gospel of the Witches. 

Gospel of the Witches features Karyn Crisis' unmistakable vocals and mystical lyrics, over music composed by Ephel Duath mastermind Davide Tiso. With Tiso playing all guitars and bass, the all-star lineup is completed by Danny Walker of Intronaut on drums, and Ross Dolan of Immolation on vocals. 

A 13-song album is currently in the pre-production stages. Tracking begins in June with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me) at The Basement Recording NC.

In addition to the core lineup, the album will contain a guest appearance by Mike Hill, frontman of Tombs.

Karyn Crisis speaks about Gospel of the Witches: "The album is a bold statement and an epic, unabashedly emotional work of devotion to the ultimate expression of the power of the fires of transformation: The Witch. Davide has a haunting ability to generate undeniably emotional landscapes with his guitar, and these songs twist and turn into darkness and then transmute into heartbreaking beauty and light. As a testament to Ancient Ways and the union of opposites, I explore the feminine power in my voice on this album and couple it with Ross's intensely masculine vocal power to create a consistent theme of thickly layered vocal choruses. Danny will round out these 13 dark mantras with thunderous drums. Take the tendrils of my unstoppable voice into the Great Mysteries... or run for the hills."

A Kickstarter page has been set up to raise money for the recording, mixing, mastering, and manufacturing costs: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/540114326/karyn-crisis-solo-album

Some of the rewards for fans who donate through Kickstarter include: vinyl, CD and digital versions of the album; t-shirts; and original Karyn Crisis artwork – from a "hardbound lyric book with handwritten lyrics and drawings," to an opportunity to collaborate directly with Crisis on an original painting.

An early demo version of a new song, "Howl at the Moon," has been posted here in video form: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/540114326/karyn-crisis-solo-album/posts/779563

Karyn Crisis' influence on the underground dates back to 1993 when she began fronting New York City metal band Crisis. Her extreme vocal range, from angelic melodies to demonic growls, paved the way for countless women to follow. A visual artist as well, she designed all the band's album covers and shirts. Other musicians to be part of Crisis' lineup over the band's 13-year career include Norman Westberg (Swans), Sammy Duet (Acid Bath, Goatwhore), and Roy Mayorga (Amebix, Soulfly).