Heavy metal band Burning Witches has recently unleashed their latest concept album, “The Dark Tower,” on May 5th, 2023, and fans can’t get enough of the new darker direction. The album delves into the dark and mysterious world of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, with powerful vocals, powerful riffs, and a heavier sound that sets it apart from the band’s previous ‘The Witch Of The North.’ In a recent interview I did with the band’s frontwoman, Laura Guldemond, she shared her thoughts on the new record, her love for classic heavy metal, and her multifaceted career.
“The Dark Tower” marks the band’s first collaboration with the renowned label Napalm Records, a partnership that Laura is particularly excited about. She reveals that joining forces with Napalm Records has given the band the ability to bring their content to all both digital, and the physical ways they wish.
A lifelong fan of classic heavy metal, Laura cites bands like Judas Priest, Europe, and W.A.S.P. as major influences on her musical journey. With “The Dark Tower,” the band aimed to create a heavier sound, drawing inspiration from the enigmatic figure of Countess Elizabeth Bathory. While the historical aspects of Bathory’s story were intriguing, Laura emphasizes that they wanted to focus more on the mystery surrounding her, creating an atmosphere that’s as haunting as it is captivating.
To celebrate the release of “The Dark Tower,” Burning Witches performed a special release show, giving fans a taste of the new material live. The setlist included tracks like “The Dark Tower,” “Unleash The Beast,” “Tomorrow,” and “Evil Witch.” Fans will be able to catch the band at several festivals this season, such as Wacken Open Air, as well as a special appearance at the Swiss Comic Con. Laura also hinted at some upcoming tours, including a long-awaited return to the UK.
Aside from her role as the powerful vocalist of Burning Witches, Laura is also a vocal coach and a voiceover actor. She shares that her work as a vocal coach has helped her improve her own live performances, allowing her to push her skills and connect with her audience on a deeper level.
“The Dark Tower” represents a new chapter for Burning Witches, showcasing their heavier sound and commitment to exploring the dark and mysterious world of Countess Elizabeth Bathory. The album is now available via Napalm Records, and fans can look forward to seeing the band bring these new songs to life on stage throughout the year. Check out the full interview now on our Youtube.
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