WITCHERY’s first spell, “Plague Rider,” from their upcoming album *Don’t Fear The Reaper*, has been posted [here](http://mp3.centurymedia.com/witchery/Dontfearthereaper/witchery_songname.mp3). Scheduled for North American release March 21st, the album was recorded at Berno Studios (Amon Amarth, Dark Funeral) in 2004, with mixing duties entrusted to Tue Madsen and his Antfarm Studios (The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn). Chilling original artwork by Diaz, has been posted [here](http://www.centurymedia.com/us/images/artists/witchery/DFRcoverart.jpg). The North American release features an exclusive track, a cover version of Satanic Slaughter’s classic “Legion Of Hades.”
Begun in 1997 when their cult band Satanic Slaughter splintered, WITCHERY started as guitarists Patrik Jensen (The Haunted) and Richard Corpse, vocalist Toxine, drummer Mique, and bassist Sharlee D\\'Angelo (Arch Enemy, Mercyful Fate). In 1998 they recorded their pioneering debut, *Restless And Dead*, released that year by Necropolis Records. The album was so extremely well-received that WITCHERY released the *Witchburner* mini-album later that year. The EP featured two original songs and four covers bearing witness to the individual musicians’ influences. Not long after its release, WITCHERY embarked on 1999’s infamous U.S. tour with Emperor and Borknagar. Their second full-length album, *Dead, Hot And Ready*, was unleashed soon thereafter, and a six-week early 2000 European tour followed. Symphony For The Devil, the band’s 2001 release, was recorded at Berno Studio (Amon Amarth, Dark Funeral) Malmö, Sweden with new skinsman, Martin “Axe” Axenrot (Bloodbath). Returning to tour North America later that year with The Haunted, WITCHERY again left fans spellbound with their live performance.