BURNING WITCHES are not only the hottest export from the Alpine Republic, the five piece from Switzerland are also one of the most thrilling newcomers in old school heavy metal spanning the last few years – globally! The new album Hexenhammer will be released on November 9th, via Nuclear Blast Records. 

Today, the band presents the cover artwork for their second studio album. This stunning was visualization created by acclaimed artist Gyula from Hungary, who has also created artwork for DESTRUCTION, ANNIHLATOR, GRAVE DIGGER, STRATOVARIUS, TANKARD and many more.

The band states:

“We are very proud to present you our new album cover for HEXENHAMMER. The topic is the Malleus Maleficarum book, that legalized the extermination of the so called ‘Witches’ in the medieval times.   The justification of murder against the weak , is still a sad subject nowadays! So we wanna pay respect and remember – most of the lyrics are dealing with this dark chapter of our history as well. Of course, we also wanted a classic & mystical metal layout that reflects our music perfectly – so it is a great mix!  We hope the fans will enjoy it!“ 

Gyula adds:

“It is not too easy to make a “metal” cover when the main character and focus is an attractive woman. It is much easier to create gory images with monsters or devils for me. But I remembered that my first original cassette was the WARLOCK Triumph and Agony’ album, so I felt very motivated to incorporate both of those aspects: some black magic & some beautiful ladies! I got some instructions and a sketch from the band – so I painted the witch and the altar first as a main focus and everybody loved the character and the feeling of the image. When I added the ghost images of the girls, it all aligned into a dark magic artwork with beautiful ladies.“

The track list of Hexenhammer

01. The Witch Circle

02. Executed

03. Lords Of War

04. Open Your Mind

05. Don‘t Cry My Tears

06. Maiden Of Steel

07. Dungeon Of Infamy

08. Dead Ender

09. Hexenhammer

10. Possession

11. Maneater

12. Holy Diver

Bonus:

13. Self Sacrifice

14. Don‘t Cry My Tears (acoustic)

Check out the first trailer of the new album, get a look behind the scenes of the album recording process and listen to a teaser for their unrelenting first single “Executed”, which will be released on August 31st.

The forthcoming record was produced in the Little Creek Studio by the same team as its predecessor: V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, DESTRUCTION, NERVOSA, PÄNZER) and DESTRUCTION legend Schmier, who helped and advised as a close friend of the band. The result is a truly brilliant heavy metal album, which will take away the breath of headbangers worldwide, and of course make people bang their heads!

BURNING WITCHES dates:

30.08. CH Lucerne – Schüür (w/ NERVOSA, IRONY OF FATE)

01.09. A Satteins – Hard N’ Heavy

»Metal Storm Tour 2018«

w/ GONOREAS

05.10. E Madrid – Boveda

06.10. E Vitoria-Gasteiz – Urban Rock Concept

07.10. E Barcelona – Sala Bóveda

08.10. E Valencia – Paberse Club

09.10. E Puertollano (Ciudad Real) – Krater Rock City

10.10. E Zaragoza – Carpa Rock Interpeñas

14. – 21.10. E Mallorca – Full Metal Holiday

Album-Release-Show:

09.11. CH  Brugg – Salzhaus

»The Tour Of The Living Dead«

w/ GRAVE DIGGER – presented by Rock Hard (D)

11.01. D Hanover – MusikZentrum

12.01. D Andernach – JUZ Live Club

13.01. CH Pratteln – Z7

14.01. D Munich – Backstage

15.01. D Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal

16.01. D Saarbrücken – Garage

17.01. D Bochum – Zeche

18.01. D Glauchau – Alte Spinnerei

19.01. D Neuruppin – Kulturhaus

20.01. NL Rotterdam – Baroeg

22.01. D Hamburg – Martkhalle

23.01. D Berlin – Lido

24.01. D Bamberg – Live-Club

25.01. D Regensburg-Obertraubling – Airport-Eventhall

26.01. D Memmingen – Kaminwerk

27.01. D Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik

28.01. F Paris – Petit Bain

29.01. UK London – Camden Underworld

30.01. B Vosselaar – Biebob

31.01. F TBA

01.02. E Bilbao – Santana 27

02.02. E Madrid – Sala Mon Live

03.02. E Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2

BURNING WITCHES are:

Seraina | Vocals

Romana | Guitars

Sonia | Guitars

Jay | Bass

Lala | Drums