First they sneak up on you with that Fursy Teyssier-created stop-motion video for ‘The Wood Hag’, and once you hear the rest of it, it’s hard not to fall under THE VISION BLEAK's spell; in conspiracy with their label Prophecy Productions, the duo's new album is available for listening in all its Brothers Grimm & Co-inspired entirety here (Prophecy Productions YouTube channel) and below. The press release is calling the ‘Witching Hour’ creepy and haunting entertainment and besides, the flute is a killer - so get your own copy of the album and help THE VISION BLEAK to spin another tale here (Prophecy Productions shop). ‘Witching Hour’ is out now in Europe, September 27th, 2013 and will be distributed in North America from October the 8th on.
Guitarist, bassist and keyboardist Ulf Theodor Schwadorf (of EMPYRIUM) and singer, drummer and keyboardist Allen B. Konstanz (of NOX MORTIS) founded THE VISION BLEAK in 2000 in Mellrichstadt, Germany. The masters, as well as the downright inventors of the horror metal genre, first recorded a demo called ‘Songs Of Good Taste’ in 2002, which they followed up with a self-titled single a year later. Their debut full-length, ‘The Deathship Has A New Captain’, issued in 2004, recreated scenes from John Carpenter's “The Fog”, Friedrich Murnau's “Nosferatu” , Fritz Lang's “Metropolis” and recalled the legends of Werewolves and Frankenstein, with an added touch of H.P. Lovecraft. Their second album, 2005's ‘Carpathia – A Dramatic Poem’, was described as “nothing less than a horror metal concept album par excellence!”, and its successor, 2007's ‘The Wolves Go Hunt Their Pray’, provided ‘By Our Brotherhood With Seth’, THE VISION BLEAK's anthem and the high point of the band's every concert. On their fourth album, 2010's ‘Set Sail To Mystery’, THE VISION BLEAK succeeded to combine the driving goth-rock of ‘The Deathship Has A New Captain’, the drama and heaviness of ‘Carpathia - A Dramatic Poem’, and the Nordic aggression of ‘The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey’.
THE VISION BLEAK features: Ulf Theodor Schwadorf - guitar, bass and keyboards and Allen B. Konstanz - vocals, drums and keyboards