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Witchgrinder

Sunbury, Victoria, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Sunbury, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
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"18 AUSSIE BANDS PUTTING LOCAL HEAVY MUSIC ON THE MAP"

We recently had the pleasure of witnessing this Melbourne industrial thrash crew do their thing at Brisbane's Crowbar during BIGSOUND and we were absolutely blown away by their instrumental skill, their dominating and magnetic stage presence, and the ease with which vocalist Travis Everett shifted between a creeping, insectival growl and soaring clean vocals. We hadn't been this impressed by a local metal band in a while and their short showcase set reminded us of the last time we had the honour of witnessing Gojira on an Aussie stage. - Staff


"Witchgrinder - Haunted"

Melbourne thrash metallers Witchgrinder have followed their impressive 2013 debut with something even better, tightening up the four-piece's savage vocals, powerhouse kitwork and brutal guitar chugs into a sleek, structured foray into the dark that still assaults in all the right places. Rigor Mortis waxes lyrical on the horrors of its namesake while breaking things down with neat riffs and '80s guitar lines. Bloodlust's urgent pulse and clipped motifs echo a bit Ministry, while links to Rob Zombie are unavoidable in Travis Everett's brute vocal onslaught on When Devils Speak. There's little "second album syndrome" to speak of here. - Carley Hall - Editor - The Music


"Review Witchgrinder Haunted"

Have you ever wondered what vintage horror movies would sound like as thrash metal? Well wonder no more, because Melbourne’s home-grown Witchgrinder have answered that question. They debuted in 2013 with The Demon Calling, and now they’re back with Haunted and are spookier than ever.

witchgrinder hauntedThe music is heavily influenced by classic horror films and villains, ranging from vampires, gorgons and even Freddy Krueger. The band has stuck with their usual sound, incorporating guttural growls and spine-chilling screams as the creatures of nightmares are brought to life.

The spooky source material is blended with the thrashing, creating eerily beautiful music out of the carnage. Haunted taps into the horror genre, getting the adrenaline pumping and the head banging. The grizzly lyrics and dark themes provide a downright awesome atmosphere that complements the aggressive and fast paced tempo.

Travis Everett’s haunting vocals grip the listener and draw them in close, with violent growls and screams punctuating the excellent guitar work of Ryan Potts whose solos are superb and heavy. Shane Turville’s percussion is powerful and potent that helps whip the listener into a frenzy while Walker Hell’s bass stalk the night and help create the rich and varied music.

The album is 40 minutes of heart pounding action, with plenty of variation between songs that stops them becoming repetitive. This album is an excellent follow up to their debut and even the track titles evoke that horror flick feel (The Butcher and Bloodlust to name a few). Haunted traps you in a nightmare, but one you don’t want to awaken from. Witchgrinder will leave you wanting more of their unique style of terror and thrash. - William Arnott - Editor - What's my scene


"Witchgrinder Haunted Review"

Returning with their second studio album comes Melbourne metallers Witchgrinder. They’ve been such a persistent outfit in recent times that it’s hard to comprehend how they have had the time to produce such a powerful follow-up. But in the midst of numerous Australian shows and a tour run with Entombed A.D. in Japan, that is just what they have done.

Building upon the success of 2013’s The Demon Calling, the four piece offer an expanded industrial-thrash production rich with driving riffery and tormented narrative. As a whole, Haunted sees the band take a slightly more guitar orientated turn than their debut album. The guitar solo features more heavily as a means to juxtapose a great blend of tempos and to break the boundaries of light/dark interplay, typically made famous by genre stalwarts Fear Factory and Ministry. Of course, vocalist/guitarist Travis Everett, errs on the darker side in his vocal delivery touching on numerous super-natural and horror movie related themes. Sitting behind the quartet is a cleverly crafted wash of electronic programming and sampling which heightens the tension within the album in much the same way a film score ought to for a cinema goer.

Haunted begins with the creepy organ lament of Into the Sleep, a re-iteration of the way their first album opened. Rigor Mortis is the first thrash battering of the punchy LP and Everett channels the first anthemic moment of many with the chorus line “One more kiss before you decay.”

Our Nightmare is a crescendo moment for the long player, albeit residing as the fourth track of the album, it builds into a yearning melodic chorus with a vocal delivery reminiscent of Fear Factory’s work through the Archetype/Obsolete era.

Touching on the more industrial edge is the single Bloodlust and title track Haunted which are both standouts as well as Eyes to Stone, a thrash anthem which will lend itself to Witchgrinder’s energetic live performances.

At first glance Haunted might seem to cater to the witching hour enthusiast but there are many elements for fans of all heavy music to explore here with excellent musicianship on all fronts. - Jesse Kenny - Editor - Blank GC


Discography

Witchgrinder - They Walk Among Us (2017) Single

1. They Walk Among Us (Witchgrinder)

Witchgrinder
- Haunted (2015)

1. Into the Sleep (Witchgrinder)
2. Rigor Mortis (Witchgrinder)
3. Haunted (Witchgrinder)
4. Our Nightmare (Witchgrinder)
5. The Butcher (Witchgrinder)
6. Bloodlust (Witchgrinder)
7. Voices (Witchgrinder)
8. When Devils Speak (Witchgrinder)
9. Eyes of Stone (Witchgrinder)
10. The Horseman's Curse (Witchgrinder)
11. Roll Call Of The Reaper (Witchgrinder)

Witchginder - The Demon Calling (2013)

1. Ballad for the Damned
2. The Demon Calling (Witchgrinder)
3. Boneyard (Witchgrinder)
4. Monster or Man (Witchgrinder)
5. Jack the Ripper (Witchgrinder)
6. Cult of Voodoo (Witchgrinder)
7. Through The Eyes of The Dead (Witchgrinder)
8. I am Animal (Witchgrinder)
9. Most Evil (Witchgrinder)
10. I See Death (Witchgrinder)
11. Curse of the Electric Eye (Witchgrinder)
12. No One Is Coming (Witchgrinder)

Witchgrinder - Through the eyes of the Dead (2010) EP

1. Trioxin 2-4-5 (Witchgrinder)
2. Body Snachers (Witchgrinder)
3. Jack the Ripper (Witchgrinder)
4. I Am Animal (Witchgrinder)
5. Cure of the Electric Eye (Witchgrinder)

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Bio

Rising from the depths of Australia's promising underground metal scene, dark metal outfit Witchgrinder is taking the country by storm. Taking their cues from 80’s and 90's era of metal and some industrial sounds, Witchgrinder derive their songs from the classic horror/sci-fi stories.

Blending infectious riffs, powerhouse drumming and catchy structures, with blood curdling screams and tortured growls, Witchgrinder has been terrorising audiences around the country with their dominant and vigorous live performances.

“They had a clean heavy sound with solid chords and quality riffs. Their stage
presence was genuine without being arrogant, which is an attribute I
very much admire in a band.” – Amber Rose, Metal Obsession (Witchgrinder
supporting Ghost, Melbourne, 22 January 2014).

Witchgrinder has shared the stage with Ministry, Wednesday 13, Ghost, Ace Frehley, Drowning Pool, 
Entombed A.D. (Japan Tour) Hanzel Und Gretyl, Bam's F.F.U and Suicide Girls as well as successfully headlining their own tours. The band has played sold out festivals across Australia, received regular airplay and national endorsements.


They released their debut single “Trioxin 2-4-5”
(Recorded Bohdan Dower- Melbourne, Mastered Peter In de Betou- Sweden)
in 2010 and in 2013 released of their full-length album "The Demon
Calling" through RTD Records (Recorded and Mixed Sam Johnston -
Melbourne, Mastered Alan Douches- New York).

“The Demon Calling"
is an enthralling, exhilarating ride through forty minutes of some of
the most excitingly consuming metal you’ll hear all year; definitely
worthy of your consideration, it’s a must have in any self-respecting
metal collection.” – Scott Adams, Editor, Metal As Fuck.


Witchgrinder have released their second album Haunted, which was released on 31 July 2015 through Firestarter Distribution.

"Melbourne thrash metallers Witchgrinder have followed their impressive 2013 debut with something even better, tightening up the four-piece's savage vocals, powerhouse kitwork and brutal guitar chugs into a sleek, structured foray into the dark that still assaults in all the right places" - Carley Hall, Editor, The Music

This year has seen the digital release of a new single titled "They Walk Among US" along with a film clip which will soon lead into their 3rd album (yet to be titled) out mid 2018.

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