ALBUM REVIEW: Karyn Crisis’ Gospel of the Witches – Covenant


What is a witch? What is her purpose? And more importantly, what makes her a witch? These
are the very questions Karyn Crisis (Crisis) has spent many years trying to answer during her spiritual journey and work as a psychic medium. Blessed with the gift of clairvoyance, Karyn, has always felt connected to the spiritual world. But it was when while working in Tuscany; she first saw the appearance of Aradia, an ancient witch who had taught her about healing, the witches of Tuscany, and the medicine women throughout rural Italy. It was at that moment that Karyn learned about her past life and lineage as a healer and began her journey to uncover the truth about Italy’s witches. It was also the moment that inspired Karyn to get back into music and form Gospel of the Witches. Today, they share that journey with us on their sophomore album, Covenant (Aural Music).
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On The Road… with Karyn Crisis – The Gospel Of The Witches

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

On a hot summer night in New York City; Queens to be exact saw the mighty return of the one and only Karyn Crisis. She didn’t really go away anywhere, as she has continued to work and create music for years, if somewhat under the radar. While the denizens of The Big Apple might recall the death wail that was her voice at the front woman/force of nature at the helm of death metal legends Crisis in the 90s, Karyn’s new project is no less deadly, yet in different ways. The Gospel of The Witches is a different kind of brutality, one with all the shades of her soul on display. Several years in the making, The Gospel of the Witches’ album Salem’s Wounds (Century Media) seemed destined to be made by Karyn and her partner Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath). Joining them for this live performance were Ross Dolan (Immolation) Bob Vigna (Immolation), Charlie Schmid (Tombs) and Larry Burns on sound. The crowd at Blackthorn 51 was enraptured by Karyn et all and their rituals, as captured here by photography Omar Cordy for Ghost Cult.

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Gospel of the Witches, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

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Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches Streaming Interview Video

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Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches is streaming an interview video featuring her entire band, in regards to her debut album Salem’s Wounds out March 24, 2015 via Century Media Records. Salem’s Wounds contains 13 tracks recorded by Karyn together with Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath), Ross Dolan (Immolation), and Charlie Schmid (Vaura).

View it below.

Salem’s Wounds was financed by fans via websites like Indiegogo/Etsy and was recorded at The Basement Recordings in North Carolina with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist). The album cover was painted by Karyn herself, who (in addition to her vocal talents) is a respected painter and leatherworker. See below for the complete album track-listing.

Salem’s Wounds
track-listing:
01. Omphalos
02. The Alchemist
03. Ancient Ways
04. Aradia
05. Mother
06. Father
07. Goddess Of Light
08. Howl At The Moon
09. Pillars
10. The Secret
11. Salem’s Wounds
12. The Sword And The Stone
13. The Ascent

In support of this upcoming release, they will perform two special shows in New York this March:

KARYN CRISIS’ GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES live 2015:
Mar 28: Trick Shot Billiards and Music Hall – Clifton Park, NY
Mar 29: Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY

Karyn Crisis’ Gospel of the Witches Streaming “The Alchemist”

karyn crisis gospel of the witches salems wounds

Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches is streaming “The Alchemist”, off their forthcoming debut album Salem’s Wounds, out March 9, 2015 in Europe and March 24, 2015 in North America via Century Media Records, here and here.

Salem’s Wounds contains 13 tracks recorded by Karyn together with Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath), Ross Dolan (Immolation), Mike Hill (Tombs) and Charlie Schmid (Vaura).

Stream “Mother” here and here.

Salem’s Wounds was financed by fans via websites like Indiegogo/Etsy and was recorded at The Basement Recordings in North Carolina with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist. The album cover was painted by Karyn herself, who (in addition to her vocal talents) is a respected painter and leatherworker. See below for the complete album track-listing.

Salem’s Wounds track-listing:
1. Omphalos
2. The Alchemist
3. Ancient Ways
4. Aradia
5. Mother
6. Father
7. Goddess Of Light
8. Howl At The Moon
9. Pillars
10. The Secret
11. Salem’s Wounds
12. The Sword And The Stone
13. The Ascent

KARYN CRISIS’ GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES live 2015
Mar 28: Trick Shot Billiards and Music Hall – Clifton Park, NY
Mar 29: Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY

Karyn Crisis’ Gospel of the Witches Signs With Century Media Records

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Karyn Crisis’ Gospel of the Witches has signed with Century Media Records and will be issuing a new record in 2015. The forthcoming album was financed via Kickstarter and Etsy, and collaborated with Davide Tiso, Ross Dolan (Immolation), Mike Hill (Tombs) and Charlie Schmid (Vaura) recording 13 songs at the Basement Recordings in North Carolina with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and me, The Contortionist).

Crisis commented on the record:

“This band began 5 years ago in Tuscany, Italy, as an alchemical journey between Davide Tiso (EPHEL DUATH) and myself as we searched for a way to musically honor the Witches who came before me and who have been guiding me in Spirit, teaching me their Ancient Ways.”