Thursday, March 27, 2014

KARYN CRISIS + Immolation's Ross Dolan

In a new video clip posted today, Immolation's Ross Dolan speaks about his role in Gospel of the Witches, the new project fronted by iconic vocalist and visual artist Karyn Crisis.

Gospel of the Witches features the pairing of Crisis' and Dolan's voices in what Crisis terms a "death choir." 
She has stated, "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' intensely masculine vocal power to create a consistent theme of thickly layered vocal choruses."

Dolan describes the project as "dark, haunting, very creepy, very cool stuff... something big and epic and multi-layered."

Gospel of the Witches' all-star lineup is completed by Ephel Duath mastermind Davide Tiso on guitar and bass, and Intronaut's Danny Walker on drums.

The recording of the 13-song debut album begins in June with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me) at The Basement Recording NC.

The album will contain a guest appearance by Mike Hill, frontman of Tombs.

A Kickstarter page has been set up to raise money for the recording, mixing, mastering, and manufacturing costs. 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.

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 the band's lineup over its 13-year career include Norman Westberg (Swans), Sammy Duet (Acid Bath, Goatwhore), and Roy Mayorga (Amebix, Soulfly).