WITCHCRYER was created by guitarist Jason Muxlow during his time with Chicago doom band Earthen Grave (Ripple Music) and became his priority when he moved to Austin in early 2015. That summer, he began co-writing songs with drummer Javi Moctezuma; vocalist/lyricist Suzy Bravo joined the band later that year, leading to the release of their demo ‘The Preying Kind’. With the final addition of San Antonio bassist Marilyn Monroe (Pillcrusher, Las Cruces), Witchcryer played its first show in April 2016.
Their debut album ‘Cry Witch’ was released on Ripple Music in 2018, comprising nine songs of classic doom produced by the band and Brant Sankey. The band toured the Southern states with Italian doom band Messa, then made their way north to Chicago later in the year, while playing regularly across Texas. In the fall of 2019, WITCHCRYER headed back to producer Brant Sankey’s Studio E in San Antonio to work on the new album, with special guest appearances by doom vocalists Gary Rosas (Ungrieved, Mala Suerte) and Steve Colca (Destroyer of Light).
“When Their Gods Come For You” is a concept album that deals with deities across various ages of civilization throughout time. The album starts with “Devil & The Deep Blue Sea”, a Faustian tale of a damned soul swallowed by an apocalyptic leviathan, Hellmouth, and the narrator’s attempt to fight for their life. The album continues with the song “Hellmouth” in which the narrator is now the Anglo-Saxon depicted demon fish itself. Songs about Greek gods and titans with tales of pride and punishment follow, as well as a Mesoamerican sun deity teaching its doomed warrior people to fly, a Roman goddess seeking justice for crimes against women, the tale of the Blackfoot creation god. Title track “When Their Gods Come For You” comes full circle, proclaiming that if one does not stand up for what they believe in, someone else will do the believing and choosing for them.
The album comes alongside a digital book featuring all lyrics and unique illustrations from artists who depicted the gods mentioned on the album: David Paul Seymour (“I Rise!”), John Michael Bowley (“Hellmouth”), Daniel Augustus Marschner (“Nemesis the Inevitable”), Gerardo Quetzatl Garcia (“Quetzatlcoatl”), and cover artist Kyle Otto.
Suzy Bravo – vocals, lyrics
Jason Muxlow – guitar
Marilyn – bass
Javi Moctezuma – drums
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