Photo by: Samantha Marble
Official press release:
US black metal legion Woe will release their long-awaited new full-length this March via their new label home of Vendetta Records. Titled Hope Attrition, the alarming seven-track offering, and first in four years, was penned throughout the end of 2015 and most of 2016.
Featuring founding guitarist/vocalist Chris Grigg alongside a monster lineup of longtime contributing bassist Grzesiek Czapla, guitarist Matt Mewton, and drummer Lev Weinstein, Hope Attrition is a dark, mournful work that draws from Woe‘s darkest black metal influences while drawing out dormant death metal undertones, bolstered by the crushing production of renowned engineer Stephen DeAcutis (Evoken, Dim Mak) at Sound Spa Studios in Edison, New Jersey. Hope Attrition is a personal commentary on the chaos of the modern world that only Woe can offer.
Grigg relays of the record’s manifestation:
“Hope Attrition is the result of the most intense writing and demoing process since the first album. The long break from playing and performing gave me the opportunity to approach Woe with a renewed energy and perspective. Grzesiek acted as co-producer and under his watchful eye, I wrote and scrapped nearly another album’s worth of material before settling on these, which then saw fine tuning at the hands of the full band. The world itself provided the ultimate motivation and pushed us darker, heavier, more oppressive, resulting in the strongest work in our catalog. We are particularly proud to be working with Vendetta on this release, as they are a partner who shares our dedication to our art.”
Hope Attrition will see release on March 17th on CD, vinyl, cassette, and digital formats. Physical editions come swathed in the artwork of artist Justin Miller who’s handled artwork for all past Woe releases. Additionally, the band’s logo has been re-imagined by legendary logo artist Equitant.
Sample first single “No Blood Has Honor” streaming now now the band’s official Bandcamp page:
Additionally, a remastered edition of debut, A Spell For The Death Of Man, is currently available digitally and on vinyl (limited to 500 copies) via Vendetta RIGHT HERE.
Hope Attrition track listing:
1. “Unending Call Of Woe”
2. “No Blood Has Honor”
3. “A Distant Epitaph”
4. “The Din Of The Mourning”
5. “The Ones We Lost”
6. “Drown Us With Greatness”
7. “Abject In Defeat”
In related news, Woe will bring their warring odes to Europe with German black metal unit Ultha for a stretch of festival dates including an appearance at Roadburn on April 22nd with future onstage assaults both Stateside and abroad in the plotting stages.
4/14 – Hamburg, DE | Hamburg Is Droneburg Festival @ Hafenklang
4/15 – Berlin, DE | Vendetta Fest @ Tiefgrund
4/16 – Rotterdam, NL | Conspiracy Of The Damned Festival @ Baroeg
4/17 – Braunschweig, DE | Nexus
4/18 – Prag, CZ | Club Famu
4/19 – TBA
4/20 – Leipzig, DE | Doom Over Leipzig Festival @ UT Connewitz
4/21 – Karlsruhe, DE | Dudefest Festival @ Jubez
4/22 – Tilburg, NL | Roadburn Festival @ O13