|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|
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.).
- 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)
- Crippled Lucifer (1998, Bad Acid/Southern Lord Records)
- Burning Witch (Box Set (2011, Southern Lord Records)
- Edgy 59 - Vocals
- Stephen O'Malley - Guitar
- Stuart Dahlquist - Bass
- Brad Mowen - Drums
- Greg Anderson - Guitar
- Jamie Sykes - Drums
- Southern Lord page on Burning Witch.
- Superheavy Sounds interview with Edgy 59
- White Heat Magazine article on Burning Witch.
- Sleeping Shaman interview with Edgy 59.