May 15, 2023
Photo: Sam Cott Hunter.

Ascending British hard rock sect, Wytch Hazel, will release its new album, Wytch Hazel IV: Sacrament, on June 2 via Bad Omen Records. Recorded with longtime producer Ed Turner (Purson), and tracked in a converted Baptist chapel in rural Wales, the record is a resounding achievement and glittering treasure chest that builds on the momentum of the band’s celebrated 2020 album Wytch Hazel III: Pentecost, 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” and compelled Metal Injection to opine, “Wytch Hazel is arguably one of the best heavy metal bands out there right now and everyone should be listening to them.”

Led by vocalist/guitarist Colin HendraWytch Hazel is a singular source of hard rock/heavy metal dominion, offering a never ending quantum of medieval melodic structures and to uplifting hymns to the Lord. The fourth Wytch Hazel album is overflowing with indelible earworms the likes of which must be heard to be believed. And believe, you shall.

In advance of the new record’s release, Wytch Hazel unveils a video for its new song, Strong Heart, a hook-laden anthem which features the band performing as live while surrounded by pillars of light. Observe the celebration at this location.

Wytch Hazel has also dropped a lyric video for the new track, A Thousand Years, a stone cold rock banger featuring classically beautiful production and a ripping Neal Schon/Aldo Nova-type guitar solo. Stream Wytch Hazel’s A Thousand Years at this location.

“I’ve blown my own mind a bit,” Hendra admits. “And even after all this painstaking work, I still feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of what Wytch Hazel could be doing musically. I wish I could have a month to work on one song, and go on a tangent a bit. I will in the future, it’s going in the right direction. It’s some of the most honest songwriting I’ve ever done, and the lyrics come from a darker place, I think. I’m getting older, that comes through in some lyrics: ‘see my body breaking’, ‘I’m digging deeper’, ‘time’s running out…’ I struggle to see the positive a lot of the time, so the songs end up being negative, the subject matter coming from constant striving.”

It’s these deeply personal lyrics, coming from a place of faith and conviction, which make Wytch Hazel stand out further from the modern herd; although we’ve been bombarded with the cartoon diabolism of the ‘occult rock’ revival for the best part of two decades, no other band has dared to offer the other side of the story. 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!”

Wytch Hazel has also unleashed a music video for the new song Angel of Light. Created by Wild Stag Studios (Angel Witch, Rick Wakeman), the clip features Wytch Hazel performing in a devout setting, showcasing the radiant energy of its purified live sets. The track met to rousing response upon its release, with Metal Injection noting, “Wytch Hazel has guitar harmonies for days” and Classic Rock naming the tune as one of its Tracks of the Week while opining, “there’s much to enjoy here regardless of your religious persuasion…think Blue Oyster Cult-meets-Thin Lizzy, with the gallop of Iron Maiden and uplifting harmonies”. Watch Wytch Hazel‘s Angel of Light video at this location.

To celebrate the release of IV: Sacrament WYTCH HAZEL, alongside Canadian label-mates SPELL and London proto-metal outfit PARISH will play the Boston Music Rooms in London on June 2nd.

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IV: Sacrament

  1. The Fire’s Control
  2. Angel of Light (watch VIDEO)
  3. Time and Doubt
  4. Strong Heart (watch VIDEO)
  5. Deliver Us
  6. A Thousand Years (watch VIDEO)
  7. Gold Light
  8. Endless Battle
  9. Future is Gold
  10. Digging Deeper

In addition to vocalist/guitarist Colin HendraWytch Hazel features Alex Haslam (guitar), Andy Shackleton (bass) and Aaron Hay (drums). Follow the band on Facebook and Instagram.