Burning Witch
Burning Witch
Burning Witch.
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Doom Metal, Sludge Metal, Drone Metal
Years active 1995 - 1998
Labels Bad Acid, Slap a Ham, Merciless, Hydra Head, Southern Lord Records
Associated acts Sunn O))), Thorr's Hammer, Goatsnake, Asva, Bird Eye, Lesbian, The Poisoned Glass
Website MySpace

Burning Witch were a doom/drone band from Seattle, active from 1995 - 1998. They are notable for having ties to Sunn O))), Goatsnake, Asva and The Poisoned Glass.


Burning Witch formed in Capitol Hill, Seattle in early 1995 after the breakup of the doom/death band Thorr's Hammer by Stephen O'Malley, Greg Anderson and Jamie Sykes formed Burning Witch. The band then added G. Stuart Dahlquist and vocalist Edgy 59, rounding out their lineup. Anderson left the band before they had recorded any real Burning Witch songs to start the band Goatsnake though he would perform two live shows with the band before his departure.

In 1996, the band (now as a four-piece) recorded songs with renowned indie producer Steve Albini, which would become the Towers... EP. This collection would actually not see a formal release until 1998 on Slap A Ham Records. After the sessions for these songs, Sykes left the band and was replaced by B.R.A.D. (Brad Mowen). The sessions that followed the Albini recordings resulted in the Rift.Canyon.Dreams EP. The band would soon break up right after this recording session.

Shortly after disbanding a compilation CD of both EPs named Crippled Lucifer was released in 1998 by Southern Lord Records. It was the second release of the label, the first being Thorr's Hammer's Dommedagsnatt. Burning Witch briefly reformed for their last shows in the fall of 1998 after which Edgy 59 left the band, causing the band to dissolve.

Stephen O'Malley would reunite with Greg Anderson to form Sunn O))) in 1998. Stuart Dahlquist would join Sunn O))) and Goatsnake before eventually forming Asva with Brad Mowen. Dahlquist and Edgy 59 would reunite in a new band named The Poisoned Glass, who would do a European tour in 2016.

In 2008 the Crippled Lucifer compilation would be reissued as a 2CD set featuring all ten studio recorded songs. A 4LP vinyl box set (In the works for many years.) would follow in 2011 adding a bonus live LP and DVD (Featuring three live performances, including both performances with Greg Anderson.).


EPs Edit

Demos Edit

  • 1996 Demo (1996, Self-released)

Split Releases Edit

  • Goatsnake/Burning Witch (Split with Goatsnake) (2000, Hydra Head Records)
  • Capichos I-80/Rift Canyon Dreams (Split with Asva) (2004, Dos Fatales)

Compilations Edit


External LinksEdit


V·T·E Sunn O)))
O))) Greg AndersonStephen O'MalleyTOS Nieuwenhuizen
Past Contributors / Collaborators G. Stuart DahlquistJoe PrestonAtsuo Mizuno • Oren Ambarchi • Masami Akita • Takeshi Ohtani • Wata • Keiji Haino • Jef Whitehead • Rex Ritter • Runhild Gammelsæter • Nate Carson • Dawn Smithson • Peter Rehberg • John Weise • TKevin Drumm • Scott Connor • Bill Herzog • Mark Deutrom • Randall Dunn • Justin Broadrick • Christopher McGrail • Lasse Marhaug • Daniel O'Sullivan • Sin Nanna • Mories • Scott Walker • Steve Moore • Attila Csihar
Studio Albums ØØ VoidFlight of the BehemothWhite1White2Black OneMonoliths & DimensionsKannonLife MetalPyroclasts
Demos The Grimmrobe DemosRehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011LA Reh 012Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998
Extended Plays Velis It WhiteCro-Monolithic Remixes For An Iron AgeCandlewolff Ov Thee Golden ChaliceAngel ComaOracle
Live Albums & Videos The Libations of SamhainLive WhiteLa Mort Noir dans Esch/AlzetteDømkirke(初心) Grimmrobes Live 101008Live At Primavera Sound Festival 2009 On WFMUAgharti Live 09-10Нежить: Живьём В России
Collaborations AltarCheThe Iron Soul of NothingTerrestrialsSoused
Burial Chamber Trio Burial Chamber TrioBurial Chamber Trio (Album)WVRM
Gravetemple GravetempleThe Holy DownAmbient / RuinLe Vampire de Paris
Burning Witch Burning WitchTowers...Rift.Canyon.DreamsCrippled Lucifer (Album)Burning Witch (Box Set)
Thorr's Hammer Thorr's HammerDommedagsnattLive By Command of Tom G. Warrior
Associated Bands, Artists, Etc. Teeth of Lions Rule the DivineRamptonAscendAmple Fire WithinEarthO))) Presents...GoatsnakeKhanate • KTL • Merzbow • Nurse With Wound • Mayhem • Scott Walker • Ulver • Pan Sonic • Engine Kid • Brotherhood • Æthenor • Probot
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