Tuesday, 21 June 2016

WITCHHAMMER - Celebrate 30 Years of Metal!

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WITCHHAMMER
COUNTRY: NORWAY
GENRE: HEAVY / THRASH METAL



WITCHHAMMER CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF METAL!
[2016.06.13]

WITCHHAMMER, started up in 1986 - Tor Erik, Jan Erik and Per Ståle formed Treatless! After some local gigs with another local act Loader - the 3 piece needed a bass player and a second guitar player, so they "borrowed" Finn and Peder from their befriended band. WITCHHAMMER was now starting to burn the flame.. The album 1487 was recorded, and Peder wanted to focus on his studies - and Frank was hired for a few months, until Morten and Frank switched bands.


*Artwork by Baader - The Witch and the carpenters Hammer

1487 - Released March 4th 1990
1034 vinyl copies - sold out

15th annivercary CD
November 18th 2005
2000 CD's - almost sold out

Vinyl Reprint 2016
Released by Alone Records
300 ex - almost sold out

Includes a 7" bonus single

1487 was released in 1034 copies (only vinyl) 4th of march 1990. All sold out throughout europe, and the guys played all over with Artch and Equinox also starting to finalize the writing for The Lost Tapes. Bootleg (a stage in Oslo who were filming all gigs, and aired all gigs on friday/saturday) was visited several times during 1990/1991.



After Morten left in the beginning of 92 - the band continued as a 4 piece, with Finn switching to guitar and Per Ståle both handling vocals and bass. Renato came in shortly after, so Per could concentrate on vocals, and the bass was back in the hands of a bass player :)
This line up recorded a demo, and was also on a local compilation with the song Cold Turkey. in 1995 they attended Whalestock festival, which became the end for the time, and a hiatus was agreed.



In late 2000 the band was now back in line up with Tor Erik, Jan Erik, Finn, Per Ståle and Morten - and released The Lost Tapes, 10 years after it was recorded. The tapes WAS lost as Studio2 were shut down, and all 2" tapes were gone.. A fully packed reunion and release gig was held (january 2001) in Sarpsborg - but the band was not ready to continue - until -. Cafe Oscar, 2nd april 2005 - as support for their friends in Loader, Morten also helping out as guitar player in Loader for this gig.



The Lost Tapes - Released January 13th 2001
Artwork by Witchhammer and Lars Andresen
1000 CD copies - sold out



Vinyl Reprint 2016
New Artwork by Jon Løvstad
Released by Alone Records
300 ex - almost sold out

Includes a 7" bonus single 

CD Reprint 2016 - june
New Artwork by Jon Løvstad
Released by Alone Records
500 ex -

Now the flame was burning again! The band played all over, also headlining Swordbrothers Festival in Germany, Karmøygeddon in Haugesund (WITCHHAMMER
's second hometown!) and many more. 1487 was also released as a 15th annivercary on CD - the band was working with new songs again. Per Ståle left the band, and Thomas was recruited,- Chapter 3: In Serenity And Awe was finally finished and released.



Chapter 3: In Serenity And Awe...
Released March 25th 2011
Artwork by Salvador Chapa
300 CD copies hand numbered and signed- sold out
1000 Digipak edition - some left

The sound had already started to change - and Marlyn (keys/vocals) was hired in the band after working with the guys in studio with the Chapter3. In 2012 - Thomas left - Sam came in for a short period to handle the vocals.



In 2014, Fredrik was recruited and WITCHHAMMER
released the single From Hell, the same day as they played at the Tons of Rock festival along with Volbeat, Anhtrax, Slayer, Ghost and many more.... The story continues - and you will soon be hearing Stormborn, Purgatory Rising among other new songs released from the band!



From Hell
Released June 19th 2014
Artwork by Finn Gjerlaugsen
Only Digital Release
WH played Tons Of Rock this day

Released From Hell - and played Tons Of Rock the very same day.. :)
WITCHHAMMER
has signed up with Alone Records in Greece, and has now rereleased 1487 on vinyl - and The lost Tapes are on it's first vinyl edition. These gems can be bought on gigs directly from the band - or ordererd through Alone Records http://www.alone.gr . New cover design (and title for The Lost Tapes - TLTs will also be available on CD during this summer. All vinyls - 300 ex are printed of each - exclusive with a 7" bonus single)

The years have been filled with fantastic memories (some is needed to still be a secret - or forgotten...), some heavy nights of rock´n roll never to forget, great people and fans along the way, We are so thankfull for everything and everyone of you!

So now it´s time for us to give something back to YOU, guys!


Check out WITCHHAMMER bootleg on Norwegian TV
"Curiosty about death" : https://youtu.be/uwvoW1GXg0o
 


Check out WITCHHAMMER : Enola Gay : Official Videoclip
https://youtu.be/-EWpmVAHY5I



Check out WITCHHAMMER : Save Me Videoclip : Official Videoclip
https://youtu.be/1-L91h9yuaU




MORE ABOUT THE BAND AT THIS LINKS:
OFFICIAL SITE: HTTP://WWW.WITCHHAMMER.COM 
SHOP: HTTP://SHOP.WITCHHAMMER.COM
FACEBOOK PROFILE: HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/WITCHHAMMERNOR
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WITCHHAMMERNOR 
REVERBNATION: HTTP://WWW.REVERBNATION.COM/WITCHHAMMER
ITUNES: HTTP://ITUNES.APPLE.COM/US/ARTIST/WITCHHAMMER/ID435295675
MYSPACE: HTTP://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/WITCHHAMMERNOR 
SPOTIFY:
HTTP://OPEN.SPOTIFY.COM/ARTIST/5nchOS9mjlnMY2RzjT3y0Q

GENERAL CONTACT: WITCHHAMMER@WITCHHAMMER.COM
BOOKING CONTACT: BOOKING@WITCHHAMMER.COM

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