ReleaseThe Circle of Blood
Genre(s)True Heavy/Power Metal
For fans ofGrave Digger, Iced Earth, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest
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DARK WITCH was founded as a quartet in the year 1999, in the city of Santos, SP, Brazil – still they had to wait until now, by mid 2015, to have their debut full-length released, and it's not one to disappoint! But let's rewind it a little...
The band was created with the intention of crafting a strong heavy metal, yet with melodious lyrics and themes which address occultism, mythology and history, building analogies to current topics. Drawing influence from heavy metal legends like Grave Digger, Iced Earth, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and other groups from the 70s and 80s, a vigorous sound was born in the form of a selftitled demo, released in 2001, and which led the band to play in distinct places of Brazil.
In 2004, with a fifth member, DARK WITCH released the widely publicized "Heavy Metal Burns On" demo, further expanding its territory, but soon after this some musicians departed, leaving singer/bassist Bil Martins all by himself.
Between 2006 and 2009 new warriors André Kreidel (D), Cesar Antunha (G) and Decio Andolini (G) were recruited and the band started working on new material. Meanwhile, Bil gained experience recording an album with Hellish War, with whom he was able to tour Europe, and found his name included in lists of best singers of 2013 in different press publications in Brazil.
By the end of 2014 the full-length album "The Circle of Blood" is concluded and recorded, and in early 2015 DARK WITCH is invited to join a tribute to HARPPIA. The song "Voz da Consciência" is recorded and added to the band's tracklist.
Finally, DARK WITCH signs with Heart Of Steel Records for the digital release and with ARTHORIUM RECORDS for the physical release of its so much waited debut, "The Circle of Blood", and one can expect no less than a long, loud and exciting avalanche of riffs and a true demonstration of epic heavy metal.
It took long, but when finally the first Dark Witch CD saw the light of day, became immediately one of the best Brazilian albums of 2015. A great piece of Heavy Metal that is certainty of satisfaction guaranteed. 10/10
Fernando R. R. Júnior
Rock on Stage Webzine (BRA, 28/11/2015)
...sonority focused on the most pure and genuine traditional heavy metal, Hail! ...an excelent album for the metalheads with steel running in the veins!
The Metalvox Webzine (BRA, 07/10/2015)
...Speed, imposing backing vocals, greatly matched guitar duo and several epic themes... If I were you, reader, would find a way to get this album.
Leandro Nogueira Coppi
Brasil Metal História Webzine (BRA, 14/09/2015)
Old-school Heavy Metal, with great influence from Running Wild, Helloween (debut) and Accept... It is one of the great national albums of 2015 because it reflects the past without soundind like a mere copy.
Road To Metal Webzine (BRA, 08/09/2015)
Addictive and infectious, Dark Witch have delivered an album of superb songs with plenty of variety and pace to keep the listener interested.
Frenzy Fire Webzine (GBR, 31/08/2015)
What we hear is the purest Traditional Heavy Metal Tradicional with touches of Power Metal, confident arrangements, perfect choirs and a cohesive band, with much confidence in its music proposal... Debut in great style by Dark Witch! Traditional Heavy Metal like in old and glorious times with no far-fetched nostalgia!
Thundergod Zine (BRA, 28/08/2015)
If you want to hear and comprehend how to be a 80s like band without sounding dated or stuck to the past, DARK WITCH is a perfect tutorial to achieve this. This album makes to the top 10 of 2015 easily.
Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia
Metal Samsara (BRA, 17/08/2015)
For me, so far this is the best album of 2015, and it stands so much higher than the others it's not even fair... If you are a true Heavy Metal fan and like to keep your music true to its roots, listen to The Circle of Blood. This album is a celebration of true Heavy Metal and, in my opinion, an instant classic.
The Metal Crypt (USA, 23/05/2015)
What we have in the first work DARK WITCH is a true celebration of heavy metal, without delicacy and without frills. It is an album full of what is best in style, with great riffs, compelling melodies and choruses that are almost anthems, recalling in some moments bands of the caliber of MANOWAR and SAXON, and others in the NWOBHM vibe.
Heavy N Roll Webzine (BRA, 28/04/2015)