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Atritas: “Where Witches Burnt” (Eigenproduktion)

Endlich mal ein gutes Album aus der Schweiz, nach dem Tribes Of Chain und Knowhere eher im Mittelmass untergegangen sind, haben Atritas gerade ihr 5. Demo veröffentlicht. Ich kann nicht ganz nachvollziehen, wieso man hier bei einer Spielzeit von über 40 min. von einem Demo spricht. Eine Eigenproduktion als Demo zu veröffentlichen, heißt praktisch einen selbsternannten Undergroundstatus zu behalten, vielleicht das beste, was man heutzutage machen kann, denn wer weiß schon wie ehrlich die Labels sind. Obwohl Atritas alles andere als schrebbligen Underground Black Metal spielen, haben sie wahrscheinlich bewusst auf einen Plattenvertrag verzichtet, denn bei der Musik würde sich auf jeden Fall ein Label finden. Endlich mal eine Band, die sich traut auf eigenen Füssen zu stehen. Die noch recht jungen Bandmitglieder spielen sehr ausgereiften Keyboardlastigen Black Metal. Sie hier mit alten Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon oder Ancient Scheiben zu vergleichen, wäre zwar ehrenhaft, aber keines falls zutreffend. Würde sogar behaupten, Atritas haben den Stil noch ausgebaut, während sich die genannten Bands, musikalisch gesehen, eher zum Schlechteren entwickelt haben. Rhythmus und Leadgitarre stehen im sehr guten Zusammenspiel im ausgeglichenem Verhältnis zum Keyboard. Auch das Schlagzeug zeugt von Professionalität, lediglich beim Gesang bzw. beim Gekreische fehlt es an Extremität, dennoch schaffen die gesprochenen Parts eine gewisse epische Atmosphäre.
Fazit: Nicht gerade die neusten Hammerriffs, aber alles in allem klassischer Black Metal mit Gothic Passagen, sehr gut in Szene gesetzt. Wünsche euch viel Erfolg auch ohne Label. Auch das Booklet ist gut gelungen und sieht ohne Kassenzeichen und irgendwelchen Label und Vertriebsadressen auch viel besser aus.


Sometimes it is very easy to give a good rating, because everything, every detail, every single note on an album is perfect. “Where Witches Burnt”, the first full-length album of Atritas from Basilea is a case like that. I really don’t know what could have been better on this album. Let’s start with the most important thing: The music. It is damn great that after the first second, you already know, this is Atritas, nobody else. The characteristic lead guitars from Swart and Baal are again one of the most brillant things on “Where Witches Burnt”: always frosty, cold as ice, but in the same moment also melodic, epic and mighty. Then we have the voice of Gier, totally insane, high, full of aggression and hysteria, and in contrary to “In Regressu Diaboli”, the balance between the voice and the instruments is much better, everything is loud and good produced, but also well-poised. In general, the production is extremely fat and top professional, thanks to the Iguana Studio. Back to Atritas: The lyrics, which are now all written in English, are a lot more intelligent and a lot more thought over than in the past, and there’s also kind of a concept behind “Where Witches Burnt”. And just to say and that this is finally clear: This album is NOT commercial, this album only contains indeed great Melodic Black Metal! There are tons and hundreds of blastbeats, but Atritas didn’t make the mistake of creating just fast, destroying speed-songs, no, killers like “My Mortal Flesh” or “Narrow Refunge” (where guitarist Baal sings, great old-school Black Metal-voice) contain a lot of slower parts and Midtempo, so “Where Witches Burnt” is exciting in every second, it’s impossible to just listen calmy to this record.

The opus infernale starts witch a majestic and dark intro, where somebody, who made a pact with the Devil, is pronounced guilty. Black melodies lay the perfect introduction to the following “The Devils Throat”, which starts slow, but then it’s time for the blast-attack! The infernal voice of Gier and the sensational lead guitars spread a abyssic atmosphere, and after the first break, subtle keyboards appear, and the vocals change between high screaming and deep growling, which sounds a lot better and has a lot more pressure than on the predecessor. “Black Sunday” starts with a short keyboard-intro, the song changes its tempo a lot of times, there’s everything from brutal blasting to slow and melancholic parts, and the first characteristic high scream of Gier takes place. And again these hellish lead guitars, totally black, totally freezing, totally beautiful. Schizophrenic. “Thou Shalt Suffer” starts hateful and with roaring blast, deadly guitars and satanic high vocals. This song contains a fantastic dramatic part which appears several times and which is very opulent. The titletrack itself is a true hymn, starts with sacral keyboards and dark verses, it’s the calm before the storm, and the following, very epic-melodic blastpart is one of the best on the whole album. The clean part and the following destruction is the ultimate kick. If you don’t go wild while listening to this song (Where Witches Burnt), then something must be very wrong with you. The whole song has a very archaic feeling of nature, and the coverartwork fits perfetc to it. “My Mortal Flesh” is the first song which is a bit slower, but just until the middle, then again, the drums crash forward. Just for “I’m The Vanity”, you need a bit more time, but then you develop the great structure of this song.

So, what’s the conclusion after all? “Where Witches Burnt” is a very big step of Atritas, and this time, a deal with a label has to be possible, because this great work, this masterpiece really really deserves it. Melodic Black fucking Metal as its best!!
(Boris W.)



Medium Antigod (2007/ CCP Records)
1. Psychosomatic Gallery (Intro) (Excerpt)
2. Earthbound Suicide (Excerpt)
3. Medium Antigod (Excerpt)
4. Obtained Orphanage (Excerpt)
5. Massacre Pour Une Ballade (Excerpt)
6. Ravenous And Devilish (Excerpt)
7. Das Tier (Excerpt)
8. Lunar Psychosis (Excerpt)
9. Decades Of Nihilism (Excerpt)
10. Black Dominion Era (Excerpt)

Where Witches Burnt (2004)
1. Evil Calling (Intro)
2. The Devils Throat
3. Black Sunday (full song)
4. Mongrel Monument (excerpt)
5. Thou Shalt Suffer
6. Where Witches Burnt (excerpt)
7. My Mortal Flesh
8. Narrow Refuge
9. I’m The Vanity
10. Last Sheep Smashed

In regressu diaboli (Demo-CD) (2002)
1. B.C.
2. Das Tier
3. Primat Des Geistes
4. Vanitas Atra (full song)
5. In Regressu Diaboli (full song)
6. Recke Satans

Dunkler Reigen (Demo-CD) (2001)
1. Into The Gloom Of Hell (excerpt)
2. Dunkler Reigen (Des Lichtengott Fall)
3. Hure Babylon
4. Luzifers Blutpfad (full song)
5. Dusk Darkens My Soul
6. Magister Occultus (full song)
7. Requiem Of Fallen Angels
8. Christentod (full song)

Rising Of Eternal Dusk (Demo-CD) (1999)

1. Nymphomanic Desires Of Divine Loins
2. Mystic Castle (full song)
3. United For The Black Messiah (full song)
4. Nosferatu In Monde Mortente
5. Evil Prayer In Fullmoonlighted Winternight
6. Corvus Pro Satana
7. Forest Of Depravity

Pray Of Doom (Demo-CD) (1997)

1. Cheneguda
2. Angry Battleaxes
3. Lost In Dark Shadows
4. Spilling Christian Blood


Atritas Biography

Atritas were founded in 1997 by Gier (vocals/keyboards) and Ork (drums). In the same year, Forcas (guitar) and Erguz (bass) joined the band, as well as Lamia, who originally played the violin. With this line-up, their first four original songs, for the CD „Pray Of Doom“, were recorded as a self-production in December.

In January 1998, Swart joined as second guitarist, and the band played their first concerts. Later in spring of the same year, Lamia transferred from violin to keyboards. The band then split from Erguz and for the time being played without a permanent bassist.

In September 1999, with the help of producer Stephan Reinhard, seven new songs were recorded within the space of nine days, released on the CD „Rising Of Eternal Dusk“. Forcas took over the bass parts. The band also continued in performing live, and for the first time, Atritas played a concert in Germany, one of six gigs in 1999.

In the beginning of 2000, a permanent bassist was finally found in Ketz. In summer, Lamia departed from the band, to be replaced by Hysteria. Despite these problems with the line-up, concerts were still performed. The main focus during this time was placed upon songwriting, and an unreleased CD recorded in the rehearsal room.

At the beginning of 2001, it was necessary to also split from Forcas, who lacked the required dedication and motivation. He was replaced by Baal. With this new line-up, which played five concerts during the year, the CD „Dunkler Reigen“ was recorded at the rehearsal room in July 2001.

In July 2002, the band once again went to the studio for five days with producer Stephan Reinhart and recorded „In Regressu Diaboli“, and Subsequently, they played a few concerts in Switzerland.

In January 2003, a new CD containing six songs was recorded. The CD remained unreleased and the songs were never heard on an official album. After that, preparation began on the album „Where Witches Burnt“, which was released end of 2004. In between, the band kept their experience and spirit alive by repeatedly playing concerts.

In 2004 the decision was made to invest more time and money into the new CD and to record it to professional standards. In the end, three weeks were spent during October/November in the Iguana Studios with producer Christoph Brandes to record the album „Where Witches Burnt“. After the recording, Ketz left the band.

In the year 2005, the band first started to work on new songmaterial. Meantime, there were very positive critics in several magazines on the album “Where Witches Burnt”. Some concerts were played, and in autumn, with P. Magick a new bass player was found, who already played some concerts with Atritas. Also a young label was found, Cartelmedia, which distributes “Where Witches Burnt” through Soufood and supports the band on the promotion.

After a couple of succesfull concerts, amongst others several times in the Z7 in Pratteln (Battle Of Metal, X-Mas-Festivals, Metal Dayz) and a long phase of songwriting, the band entered again the Iguana Studios in autumn to record the successor of “Where Witches Burnt”, called “Medium Antigod”, followed by the split with drummer Ork and keyboarder Hysteria. A new drummer, Azrael, has been found, the position of the keyboarder is stil free.


Gier: Vocals

Swart: Guitar

Baal: Guitar

P. Magick: Bass

Azrael: Drums


Willkommen in Gästebuch von Atritas

199) Laurus aus helvetia schrieb am 28.Januar 2005 um 14:01 Uhr:

@ krogotar
Sei scemo, Morgart non e mica
del business”
198) A. schrieb am 27.Januar 2005 um 21:07 Uhr:

Ciao bello. Che bel commento. Non hai delle cose meglio a fare?
Tu puoi essere molto fiero di te, sei molto true. Vai a giocare.
197) Krogotar aus Ticino schrieb am 27.Januar 2005 um 20:02 Uhr:

hehe you are a little bit too much in business with your music and image, you cannot blind the people with your false hate.
you play with darkshadow or other trends, you are in the nu metal on basler, hahaha das ist schon, sehr schon.
Morgart und Atritas together for trendies !
196) Manu aus Kt. Zug schrieb am 16.Januar 2005 um 21:32 Uhr:

Grüsst euch!
Kompliment an die Atritas-members!
Geiler atmosphärischer Black Metal denn Ihr da
erschaffen habt! Spez. Gruss an euren 6Seiter, hab mich mit ihm noch ein wenig über Musik unterhalten, er wird sich sicher an mich erinnern!
Eure neue CD kaufe ich wenn ich wieder meinen Lohn auf dem Konto hab, Ihr kennt ja das Musikerleben …
Wünsche euch ne erfolgreiche Zeit, Gruss Manu von Pyracantha.
195) Eck aus D schrieb am 14.Januar 2005 um 10:36 Uhr:

Alles Gute!
Bin schon auf eure Kreationen gespannt!
194) Z aus basel schrieb am 6.Januar 2005 um 14:35 Uhr:

Hi! die Rubrik CD store ist eröffnet. wenn ihr eine cd habt könnt ihr diese über meine Homepage zum verkauf anbieten! gruss cedric
193) m54&bb-team aus Basel schrieb am 6.Januar 2005 um 14:32 Uhr:

Guten Tag Allerseits!
schon mal was vom Last Wednesday Gig gehört? Dort gibts jeden letzten Mittwoch im Monat ein Konzert einer Basler Band zu sehen! Wenn Ihr auch mal bei uns spielen wollt dann schaut doch am besten mal auf unserer Homepage vorbei! es wird prinzipiell jede Band genommen!Wer zuerst kommt, malt zuerst! Würde uns freuen von euch zu hören! Gruss, das m54&BB-Team
192) stefano aus hellborn… schrieb am 1.Januar 2005 um 23:44 Uhr:

wollte noch nachträglich ein kompliment an euch geben!
das konzert im werk21 mit arth (17.12.) war einfach hammergeil!
kompliment! würde euch gerne wieder mal live sehen! sehr professionelle sache!

gruss und weiter so

191) * schrieb am 25.Dezember 2004 um 21:22 Uhr:
190) Septon aus Holy Moutier schrieb am 22.Dezember 2004 um 16:03 Uhr:

Ave Atritas !
Thank you very much for your invitation of the 17.12 to Zurich !
It was really a fucking good gig !
I hope that we can play soon together !
And your new album kill, like the others !

A bientôt !
189) Kim aus Helvetien schrieb am 22.Dezember 2004 um 11:59 Uhr:

Geiler Auftritt!! Geile CD!!
188) nach schrieb am 22.Dezember 2004 um 01:58 Uhr:

hola saludos desde mexico city
187) -!- Grym -!- aus Arth schrieb am 20.Dezember 2004 um 16:10 Uhr:

Thanks all of you for a fantastic gig in Zurich on Friday night (17.12.04).

You played like demons for 2 hours! It sounded great, especially the new songs like Black Sunday.

Ork is a blinding drummer!

Now I have listened to Where Witches Burnt… fuck me that’s too good. Somehow you do melodic/symphonic while still remaining very black… something that Dimmu failed so badly at !

Zurich crowd was cool – hey you have some beautiful women there.

Finally, thanks for the great potato salad ! Recipe please.

Cheers, hope to see you again if our extreme lateness didn’t piss you off too much.

-!- Grym -!-

(bass – Arth)
186) Desi aus dem ort wo niemand wohnt schrieb am 19.Dezember 2004 um 00:47 Uhr:

D Plattetaufi geschtern war genial un di neui cd isch eifach nummä geil!
Griess, Desi


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