(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)
In a totally surprising announcement (to me anyway), long-running Pittsburgh doom / power metal band ICARUS WITCH have revealed they have a new singer.
He is none other than Andrew D’Cagna, a name most folks will recognize from Brimstone Coven and his well-received solo effort, Ironflame. D’Cagna seems to be an ideal fit for the band too as is evidenced in an in-studio video single for the title track of an upcoming album, “Goodbye Cruel World“.
The full-length album, Goodbye Cruel World, will be released later this year through Cleopatra Records. Mixing duties and pre-production for the new album is being handled by Grammy award-winning producer Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Nevermore, Dokken, Judas Priest) with mastering handled by Jens Bogren at the famed Fascination Street in Stockholm, Sweden.
Icarus Witch founder and bassist Jason Myers comments on these latest events:
“We wanted to go for a different sonic approach this time out – work with someone who was integral to classic metal’s heyday but who also still has an ear for modern production. One of the albums Quinn and I always bonded over in terms of production is Queensrÿche’s Rage For Order so Neil Kernon was on our short list of dream producers to work with. The fact that he’s been behind the board for vintage Kansas and Lynch Mob albums but also worked with trad contemporaries like 3 Inches Of Blood and Cauldron made him the logical choice to help us push our odd hybrid of dark AOR and proggish metal.”
He continues: “We wanted to tell the world about Andrew joining the Witch last fall when we made it official. At the same time we wanted to let the music do the talking rather than have people speculate for months what the new music might sound like with his voice. We’re stoked to finally be able to share a sample of the new energy and creativity that he helped breathe into the band’s sound ahead of our sixth album!”