Beau Brandon – Drums
Dan Caycedo – Vocals, Guitars
Rafay Nabeel – Bass Guitar
Mike Thompson – Vocals, Guitar
WITHERED are launching their Southeast U.S. tour this week. The Der Argrund tour starts Thursday May 18 in New Orleans, LA and ends June 4, when the blackened death metal band hits Knoxville, TN.
Along the way, WITHERED are headlining the Metal & Beer Fest on May 20 in Gulfport, MS, and tearing through Baltimore, MD, on May 26 for Hell in the Harbor festival. They’ll also be joining forces with CLOAK, CANDLEMASS, IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT, GOATWHORE, FIRST FRAGMENT and GREY LOTUS.
The 20-year vets will be playing songs off their last full-length ‘Verloren’, which you can download or order from Season of Mist.
WITHERED will also be playing in front of their home crowd on June 24 when Underground Atlanta hosts Catacombs Festival.
May 18 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia [Tickets]
May 20 Gulfport, MS @ Metal & Beer Fest 6 [Tickets]
May 21 Augusta, GA @ Grantski Records [Tickets]
May 23 Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof [Tickets]
May 25 Raleigh, NC @ King’s w/ CLOAK [Tickets]
May 26 Baltimore, MD @ Hell in the Harbor Fest w/ CANDLEMASS [Tickets]
May 27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge [Tickets]
May 28 Cleveland, OH @ No Class w/ IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT [Tickets]
May 30 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater w/ GOATWHORE [Tickets]
May 31 Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle Brewery [Tickets]
June 1 Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium [Tickets]
June 2 Nashville, TN @ The End w/ FIRST FRAGMENT, GREY LOTUS [Tickets]
June 3 Lexington, KY @ Green Lantern [Tickets]
June 4 Knoxville, TN @ Brickyard [Tickets]
June 24 Atlanta, GA @ Catacombs Festival [Tickets]
From its inception, WITHERED have been an outlier. The band are a perplexing charge of extremity that the metal scene still hasn’t put its finger on.
“We’re definitely a band for metal nerds”, says guitarist Mike Thompson, who also handles the vocals.
Originally formed in 2003 by Thompson and ex-guitarist/vocalist Chris Freeman, WITHERED set out to re-write black, doom and death metal mores. After 18 years and five albums, WITHEREDhave achieved that goal by refusing to call any one subgenre home. The band has toured with Mastodon, High on Fire, Mayhem, 1349 and Danzig. You never know what kind of mystery WITHERED are going to uncork live. Sometimes, it’s a DIY kick in the gut. Other times, it’s a stage soaked in bloody red and searing white lights.
‘Verloren’ is WITHERED’s most daring and iconoclastic offering yet. This album harkens back to the band’s funeral doom roots, especially on eight-minute opener “By Tooth in Tongue”. But it also features clean vocals for the first time ever. The title, which translates to “Missing”, isn’t just a reference to friends, families and memories that disappear as time ticks by. It’s also a reflection on the pandemic and how much the band has missed writing, recording and touring together.
“For most people, metal is purely aesthetic, a grandstanding ‘f-you’ to society and an adolescent rebellion kind of thing,” says Thompson. “But at the same time, we do get positive feedback from the people who have looked a bit deeper and done some research. We just want to be honest”.
Tortured Blackened Death Doom
Guest Musicians: Ethan McCarthy (Primitive Man) on “Passing through…” which is a noise track done under his “Many Blessings” nomenclature using field recordings Mike Thompson made at a family funeral.
Recording Studio: Orange Peel Recordings in Kennesaw, GA (USA)
Producer: Mike Thompson Recording Engineer: Raheem Amlani. Mixing studio and engineer: Greg Wilkinson @ Earhammer Studios in Oakland, CA (USA). Mastering studio and engineer: Jarett Pritchard. Cover art: Paul Romano Biography: Kevin Stewart-Panko