Wytch Hazel: New Full-Length Offering Released Today, Watch Video for New Song “Spirit and Fire”

Wytch Hazel: New LP, ‘Wytch Hazel III: Pentecost’, Out Now

Revered UK Medieval Metal Phenomenon Summons Sacrosanct New Full-Length Offering, Watch Video for New Song “Spirit and Fire”

Soaring British hard rock sect, Wytch Hazel, releases its shimmering new album, III: Pentecost, today via independent underground label Bad Omen Records (Satan’s Satyrs, Spell). Produced by ex-Purson multi-instrumentalist Ed Turner and mixed by Gentleman’s Pistols main-man James Atkinson, the quadruple-tracked record imbues a rich, anthemic late night drivetime vibe, passionately embracing the most high-end, smash-hit classic rock and heavy metal circa its late 1970’s heyday. III: Pentecostsucceeds the band’s 2018 sophomore release, ‘II: Sojourn’, and 2016 debut, ‘Prelude’, glorified by Under the Radar as “an invocation of rock and roll at its purest and, more specifically, of all that made the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late ’70s so special”.

In celebration of the new record’s release, Wytch Hazel unleashes a music video for the new song “Spirit and Fire“. Created by Wild Stag Studios from Brighton (Angel Witch, Rick Wakeman), the “Spirit and Fire” video features Wytch Hazel performing in a Lancashire, England church on the Irish Sea while a chivalrous knight and his horse, “King”, from the Herefordshire Plantaginate Society prepare for battle in and around a location known as King Arthur’s Cave. “We watched a lot of John Borman’s movie ‘Excalibur’ while we were fleshing the ideas out for this one,” says the band.

Watch Wytch Hazel‘s “Spirit and Fire” video at this location..

II: Pentecosthas met to shining acclaim in the time leading up to the LP’s release, being called “a work of timeless brilliance” by Last Rites, while Metal Injection astutely claimed, “Wytch Hazel is arguably one of the best heavy metal bands out there right now and everyone should be listening to them”; the latter as part of the premiere of the song “Archangel”, an ode to the metal band Ghost. Stream Wytch Hazel‘s “Archangel” at this location

Within moments of pressing play onIII: Pentecost, there are gorgeous self-professed touches of Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, AC/DC and early Scorpions. “With the soloing I was trying to go for Michael Schenker,” notes Hendra. As a child, Hendra, the band’s founding member and guiding light, played drums in brass bands and orchestras, studied classical piano and sang in the school chamber choir, but at 16 the direction of his life changed forever, after a revelation we can all relate to: “Iron Maiden was the main reason I started playing electric guitar,” he reveals. “I remember borrowing ‘The Number Of The Beast’ off a friend and was just blown away – heavy metal was an obsession from that point on!

British soaring hard rock sect, Wytch Hazel, releases its shimmering new album, III: Pentecost, today via independent underground label Bad Omen Records (Satan’s Satyrs, Spell). Produced by ex-Purson multi-instrumentalist Ed Turner and mixed by Gentleman’s Pistols main-man James Atkinson, the quadruple-tracked record imbues a rich, anthemic late night drivetime vibe, passionately embracing the most high-end, smash-hit classic rock and heavy metal circa its late 1970’s heyday. III: Pentecostsucceeds the band’s 2018 sophomore release, ‘II: Sojourn’, and 2016 debut, ‘Prelude’, glorified by Under the Radar as “an invocation of rock and roll at its purest and, more specifically, of all that made the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late ’70s so special”.

In celebration of the new record’s release, Wytch Hazel unleashes a music video for the new song “Spirit and Fire“. Created by Wild Stag Studios from Brighton (Angel Witch, Rick Wakeman), the “Spirit and Fire” video features Wytch Hazel performing in a Lancashire, England church on the Irish Sea while a chivalrous knight and his horse, “King”, from the Herefordshire Plantaginate Society prepare for battle in and around King Arthur’s Cave. “We watched a lot of John Borman’s movie ‘Excalibur’ while we were fleshing the ideas out for this one,” says the band. Watch Wytch Hazel‘s “Spirit and Fire” video at this location..

With the LP’s title offering the most unambiguous statement yet of Hendra’s Pentecostal Christianity, the man’s lyrics are even more nakedly devotional, his sincere, sensitive voice bristling with even stronger conviction; an avenue of inspiration that Wytch Hazel pretty much has to themselves in the modern metal scene. “I play in a heavy metal band and I write songs about God – it’s actually quite a rebellious thing!” chuckles Colin. Perhaps the most lateral comparison is to a band from the opposite spiritual realm, with the track “Archangel” an explicit homage to Swedish faux-Satanic devil cult Ghost. “I find them fascinating, Ghost; musically great, the songwriting is spot-on,” enthuses the frontman. “We share an intrinsic connection, with [Bad Omen honcho] Will Palmer being the person who discovered us both, that’s a special thing in some way. I’m really happy with that song. I wanted to write a song about Lucifer, but it had to be done right; I didn’t want it to be a song glorifying Satan, so it’s a song about, why does he get all the glory?!”

Lest any heathen headbanger start to fear any kind of evangelical conversion agenda, Hendra expands on his position: “Music is created for all, it’s a common grace for everyone,” he affirms, “which is why the music that shows the glory of God the most, in my opinion, is not music created by Christians. It’s Black Sabbath, you know!”

II: Pentecosthas met to shining acclaim in the time leading up to the LP’s release, being called “a work of timeless brilliance” by Last Rites, while Metal Injection astutely claimed, “Wytch Hazel is arguably one of the best heavy metal bands out there right now and everyone should be listening to them”; the latter as part of the premiere of the song “Archangel”, an ode to the metal band Ghost. Stream Wytch Hazel‘s “Archangel” at this location

Within moments of pressing play onIII: Pentecost, there are gorgeous self-professed touches of Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, AC/DC and early Scorpions. “With the soloing I was trying to go for Michael Schenker,” notes Hendra. As a child, Hendra, the band’s founding member and guiding light, played drums in brass bands and orchestras, studied classical piano and sang in the school chamber choir, but at 16 the direction of his life changed forever, after a revelation we can all relate to: “Iron Maiden was the main reason I started playing electric guitar,” he reveals. “I remember borrowing ‘The Number Of The Beast’ off a friend and was just blown away – heavy metal was an obsession from that point on!

 With the LP’s title offering the most unambiguous statement yet of Hendra’s Pentecostal Christianity, the man’s lyrics are even more nakedly devotional, his sincere, sensitive voice bristling with even stronger conviction; an avenue of inspiration that Wytch Hazel pretty much has to themselves in the modern metal scene. “I play in a heavy metal band and I write songs about God – it’s actually quite a rebellious thing!” chuckles Colin. Perhaps the most lateral comparison is to a band from the opposite spiritual realm, with the track “Archangel” an explicit homage to Swedish faux-Satanic devil cult Ghost. “I find them fascinating, Ghost; musically great, the songwriting is spot-on,” enthuses the frontman. “We share an intrinsic connection, with [Bad Omen honcho] Will Palmer being the person who discovered us both, that’s a special thing in some way. I’m really happy with that song. I wanted to write a song about Lucifer, but it had to be done right; I didn’t want it to be a song glorifying Satan, so it’s a song about, why does he get all the glory?!”

Lest any heathen headbanger start to fear any kind of evangelical conversion agenda, Hendra expands on his position: “Music is created for all, it’s a common grace for everyone,” he affirms, “which is why the music that shows the glory of God the most, in my opinion, is not music created by Christians. It’s Black Sabbath, you know!”

 

Track listing:

1.) He is the Fight

2.) Spirit and Fire

3.) I Am Redeemed (listen HERE)

4.) Archangel (listen HERE)

5.) Dry Bones (listen HERE)

6.) Sonata

7.) I Will Not

8.) Reap the Harvest

9.) The Crown

10.) Ancient of Days

Purchase ‘III: Pentecostat this location.

In addition to vocalist/guitarist Colin Hendra, Wytch Hazel features Alex Haslam (guitar), Andy Shackleton (bass) and Jack Spencer (drums). Follow the band on Facebook and Instagram.

Wytch Hazel is available to speak with interested media. To chat with the band and/or request a review copy of Wytch Hazel III: Pentecost, simply contact Will Palmer on [email protected]

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