Angel Witch

Lee's Palace Presents

Angel Witch

Blood Ceremony, Cauldron

Wed, May 16, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm

Lee's Palace

Toronto, ON

$30

Tickets at the Door

This event is 19 and over

Angel Witch
Angel Witch
Emerging from the inauspicious environs of suburban Kent in 1977 with
the doom-laden clangour of Black Sabbath ringing in their ears, Angel
Witch quickly found themselves leading a movement of bands who were
taking the heavy metal paradigm to exciting new dimensions, creating
something darker, faster and heavier than anything previously issued
forth.

With songwriter, lead guitarist and chief architect Kevin Heybourne
engineering a psychic realm where horror and fantasy imagery locked
horns with pulverising riffage and razorsharp hooks, the band were
soon vying for supremacy amidst an alarmingly fertile scene that also
included Iron Maiden, Saxon, Diamond Head and Samson, yet with
arguably the heaviest and most otherworldly dimensions at their
disposal of anyone in range.

Angel Witch’s debut album was released on Bronze records in 1980, led
by its deathless eponymous ditty - no less than one of the most
enduring and life-affirming metal anthems of them all - and earned
them a rabid following if not always critical plaudits, Yet unknowns
to most, these feverish, vicious and incisive songs had already found
the ears of a generation of young and hungry musicians who would come
to lay the groundwork for extreme metal, and the likes of Dave
Mustaine, Gary Holt and Tom G. Warrior have all cited this record as
both personal rave and pivotal influence.

A storied quarter-decade followed, with various different incarnations
of the band existing on both sides of the Atlantic, including an early
‘90s line-up based in San Francisco and including members of Exodus,
Heathen and Laaz Rockit which stalled due to immigration issues, and
Heybourne spent much of the following decade forging a career as a
tree surgeon, until a serious head injury left him unable to work, and
upon finding himself walking the same streets, drinking in the same
pubs and crucially listening to the same records as in this teens, he
arrived at an epiphany, and set upon a plan to return to the
motherlode of what made his music a uniquely potent and powerful
proposition

Kevin Heybourne knew what was to be done - Angel Witch would be
reformed. Only this time, they would sound like they were intended to
almost 30 years before: No more trying to assimilate to the musical
climate around him, no more trying to keep up with fashion. Angel
Witch would go back to the genesis moment - 1979 revisited and damn
the consequences. The result was 2012’s ‘As Above, So Below’, which
stood proud as the long-awaited successor to the debut, uniting past
and present with style and finesse, as the band toured with a line-up
that included Bill Steer (Carcass/Firebird/Gentleman’s Pistols).

In the five years since, Angel Witch have also united an audience of
new devotees and older fans around the world, traversing Europe with
Grand Magus, sharing bills with fans of the band like Trouble and
Candlemass, playing festivals like Roadburn, Hellfest, Sweden Rock and
Graspop and headlining shows as far afield as Japan and Canada.

2017 has already proved to be the most eventful year of the decade
thus far, with the line-up of Heybourne, Will Palmer (bass) Jimmy
Martin (guitar) and ex-Witchcraft drummer Fredrik Jansson touring
Europe and the UK with Electric Wizard and set for a return visit to
Japan in July, with fresh material nearing completion for a new album
to be recorded in 2018.

A full forty years on from their inception, Angel Witch’s re-ignited
flame burns brighter than ever before. Eternal and timeless
chroniclers of the heavy and arcane. the influence of their dark art
looks set only to extend further into realms earthly and unearthly
alike, from Beckenham to the beyond.
Blood Ceremony
Blood Ceremony
BLOOD CEREMONY's distinct style of flute-tinged witch rock evolves from an infernal marriage of occult-inspired acid folk and vintage hard-rock riffing. After a mind-numbing study of hundreds of trashy witchcraft films, the group began to pour their energies into crafting songs, transforming their fascination for horror into a profane musical vision.

Their sound bears witness to the heavy bands of yesteryear, fusing progressive rock elements with folk and an early '70s downer vibe. Invoking the mischievous Pipes of Pan, Blood Ceremony songs are distinguished by singer Alia O'Brien's flute solos - accenting an instrument long-associated with a list of devilish figures.

A celebration of Euro-horror, '60s saturnalia and occult miscellanea, BLOOD CEREMONY, their debut album, was mixed by Billy Anderson and released by Rise Above in 2008 to enthusiastic reviews. In 2009, Blood Ceremony completed a successful European tour supporting Brit doom legends Electric Wizard.

LIVING WITH THE ANCIENTS, Blood Ceremony's sophomore album, expands the group's dark and regal sound with a heavy dose of vintage organ, gritty guitars and stirring flute harmonies. The album was recorded in Chicago by Sanford Parker. With LIVING WITH THE ANCIENTS, the band continues its journey through the mire of ancient occultism and flute-infused downer rock. The album was released on March 1, 2011.

Since the release of LIVING WITH THE ANCIENTS, Blood Ceremony have performed at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland. In the fall of 2011, they completed their first headline tour of Europe culminating in a performance at the Hammer of Doom VI Festival in Wurzburg, Germany. In 2012 they supported Sweden's GHOST on the "13 Dates of Doom" North American tour. Currently, the band have enclosed themselves within a dank, tomb-like chamber to begin preparations for a third Blood Ceremony album.
Cauldron
Cauldron
Canadian heavy metal band formed in Toronto, 2006.

Jason Decay - Bass/Vocals
Ian Chains - Guitar
Myles Deck - Drums
Venue Information:
Lee's Palace
529 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y5
http://www.leespalace.com/