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Witnesses stream the upcoming EP »The Holy Water« in its entirety ahead of the release this Friday

New York atmospheric doom project Witnesses stream the upcoming EP »The Holy Water« in its entirety ahead of the release this Friday, July 15th, 2022.

01. Borgo Pass
02. Cloistered In Purfleet
03. The Ballad Of Lucy And Mina

Courtesy of C Squared Music:

Witnesses, the cross-genre project of multi-instrumentalist Greg Schwan, is streaming the entirety of his new release »The Holy Water« EP exclusively at Metalsucks. The EP will be out this Friday July 15th, 2022.

Greg comments: “»The Holy Water« EP is the culmination and meeting-point of threads from all the past Witnesses releases-atmosphere, dirge, and vocal harmony. Lyrically, it’s about characters who captured my imagination years ago. I try to do them justice here in these songs.”


Voyaging into new realms, »The Holy Water« EP from Witnesses embraces doom metal to divine a sound with a ghostly vastness. The EP depicts the characters Lucy Westenra and Mina Harker, of Bram Stoker’s »Dracula«, from different perspectives.

“»The Holy Water« EP was something that came about unexpectedly. I wrote »Borgo Pass« late last year as an experiment. I liked the result and felt the song needed a complement, and so »Cloistered In Purfleet« was born shortly thereafter. On this release, the atmosphere is up and the pace is down, and I’m tapping into some different influences this time around.”

Witnesses is the cross-genre project of multi-instrumentalist Greg Schwan. Following the cinematic release »IV«, »The Holy Water« EP sees long-time collaborator Gabbi Coenen venture into the metal side of the project. Entranced into the music by emotive vocals, heavily distorted guitars and a blood chilling atmosphere, Witnesses’s iconic compositional style brings the Gothic narrative to life. »Borgo Pass« delivers intensity with a dramatic feel, while »Cloistered In Purfleet« carries a quality that is soft and sweet, alongside it’s dark underbelly. Concluding with a fleeting acoustic guitar driven piece, »The Ballad Of Lucy And Mina« is a beautiful performance of intricate melodies. It’s a delicate and minimalist track, and yet encompasses such fierce energy.

Become immersed in the haunting expanse of soundscapes. With a creeping pace the release conveys the instrumental layers and lyrics further into focus, entwining the barbaric and the sublime.


Greg Schwan – Guitar, bass, keys, drum programming, lyrics, arrangement, mixing, mastering, layout

Gabbi Coenen – Vocals
Matt Kozar – Ebow
Woodland Ascension – Photography

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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