[News] Bell Witch unveil official visualizer for “The Clandestine Gate – Movement 2” from new album

US Doom Metal duo Bell Witch has unveiled the official visualizer for the track “The Clandestine Gate – Movement 2” taken from their latest album, “Future’s Shadow Part 1: The Clandestine Gate,” out on April 21st, 2023 via Profound Lore Records. Watch the video through the Youtube player below:

Video by Bobby Cochran.

For more than a decade, the renowned Pacific Northwestern Doom Metal band Bell Witch has sent tides surging over the seawalls of the song form, unraveling conventional expectations about the ways music stations itself in time to absorb a listener’s attention. Rather than seek catharsis, the duo’s songs heave themselves through time at a glacial pace, staving off resolution in favor of a trancelike capsule eternity. Invoking both boundlessness and claustrophobia in the same charged gesture, Bell Witch cultivates a sense of time outside of time, an oasis inside an increasingly frenetic media culture.

Like 2017’s lauded “Mirror Reaper,” new album “Future’s Shadow Part 1: The Clandestine Gate” is a single 83-minute track – a composition that pulses and breathes on a filmic timeframe. It constitutes the first chapter in a planned triptych of longform albums, collectively called “Future’s Shadow.”

Eventually, the end of the last album will be looped around to the first to make a circle,” says bassist Dylan Desmond of the triptych. “It can be continuously looped, like a day cycle. This would be dawn. The next one would be noon. The following one would be sundown, with dawn and sundown both having something of night.

While traces of organ and synthesizer hovered over “Mirror Reaper” and Bell Witch’s 2020 collaboration with Aerial Ruin, “Stygian Bough Volume 1,” “The Clandestine Gate” drew those instruments closer to the center of its compositions. “We started experimenting with letting more of the elements shine on their own,” says drummer Jesse Shreibman. The band reunited with their longtime producer Billy Anderson as they began negotiating these new compositional weights. The record begins with an eight-minute organ passage that builds slowly, like the susurrations of dawn, before Desmond’s distortion-choked bass cleaves it open. Throughout their new material, Shreibman and Desmond also took the opportunity to implement new vocal strategies. “I wanted the vocals to be more active, rather than being on top of the soundscape,” notes Shreibman. On “The Clandestine Gate,” Bell Witch’s twinned voices build off of the chantlike textures of previous records while steering toward more developed melodic lines, structured harmonies, and rhythmic Death Metal growls.

The expansive scale of “Future’s Shadow” gave Bell Witch more leeway to plumb themes that have long percolated throughout their work. The concept of eternal return – that time doesn’t end and death doesn’t punctuate life, but both go on forever in an infinite loop no one can remember – inflected the development of “The Clandestine Gate” after Desmond encountered the idea in Nietzche’s book The Gay Science. The glacially paced films of 20th century Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky similarly supplied a framework for the movements of “The Clandestine Gate” and “Future’s Shadow! as a whole. Simple actions – carrying a candle across a room, tossing a Metal nut into an overgrown field – carry life-and-death weight, a strategy echoed in Bell Witch’s suspension of minimal melodies across planetary expanses.

The immense gravity of a work like “The Clandestine Gate” allows these ideas to simmer in a way that feels profoundly and somatically intuitive – not just a philosophical exercise, but an embodied truth. By slowing down both their creative process and the tempo of the music itself, Bell Witch digs even deeper into their long standing focus: the way life spills on inside its minuscule container, both eternal and fleeting, a chord that echoes without resolution. As both the beginning and end of the “Future’s Shadow” triptych, “The Clandestine Gate” opens a new chapter in Bell Witch’s macroscopic minimalism: the start of a yawning orbit around an increasingly massive core.

Future’s Shadow Part 1: The Clandestine Gate” sees its release across all digital retailers on April 21 and physical (CD, Cassette, Vinyl) on June 09, 2023 via Profound Lore. Artwork by Jordi Díaz Alamà.

Pre-orders for all physical formats and merch here: https://geni.us/ClandestineGate

Bell Witch tour North America Oct – Dec 2023:
Oct 11: Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Oct 12: Calgary, AB – Dickens
Oct 13: Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
Oct 14: Saskatoon, SK – Louis’
Oct 15: Winnipeg, MN – Park Theatre
Oct 17: St Paul, MN – Turf Club
Oct 18: Milwaukee, WI – The Back Room @ Colectivo
Oct 19: Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
Oct 20: Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village
Oct 21: Detroit, MI – Smalls
Oct 22: Toronto, ON – Trinity St. Paul’s Church Sanctuary
Oct 24: Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
Oct 25: Portland, ME – SPACE
Oct 26: Boston, MA – Sonia
Oct 27: New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Oct 28: Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church Sanctuary (Sold Out)
Oct 29: Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Oct 31: Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Nov 01: Atlanta, GA – Boggs Social & Supply
Nov 02: New Orleans, LA – Santos
Nov 03: Houston, TX – Black Magic Social Club
Nov 04: Austin, TX – The Parish
Nov 05: Dallas, TX – Texas Theatre
Nov 07: Albuquerque, NM – Sister
Nov 08: Denver, CO – Marquis
Nov 09: Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Nov 10: Boise, ID – El Korah Shrine
Dec 6: Oakland, CA – Stork Club
Dec 7: Fresno, CA – Strummers
Dec 8: San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Dec 9: Joshua Tree, CA – Joshua Tree Brewing
Dec 10: Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
Dec 12: Felton, CA – Felton Music Hall
Dec 14: Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
Dec 15: Portland, OR – Star Theater
Dec 16: Seattle, WA – Neumos

Tickets: bellwitchdoom.net/live

Lineup:
Dylan Desmond
 / Bass
Jesse Shreibman / Drums

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