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PERCHTA unveil new video single ‘Hebamm’ taken from the forthcoming new album “D’Muata”

Folk black metal sensation PERCHTA release the new video ‘Hebamm’ (“Midwife”) as the second single taken from the Tyroleans‘ forthcoming sophomore album “D’Muata” (“The Mother”), which has been slated for release on June 14, 2024.

The video clip features images from the Austrian live premiere of ‘Hebamm’ recorded at the House of the Holy MMXXIII festival on the Neudegg Alm in Abtenau, Austria on June 17, 2023.

Pre-sale link: http://lnk.spkr.media/perchta-dmuata

PERCHTA comment: “The song ‘Hebamm’ was created in a songwriting process that lasted several days on a mountain pasture in the middle of the beautiful, inspiring nature of the Tyrolean mountains alongside other tracks”, frontwoman Frau Percht reveals. “The ambivalence of the challenges of the midwife profession are particularly emphasised in the sometimes calm, harmonious 3-part vocal passages, and the energetic guitar riffs. Full of pride, ‘Hebamm’ was performed for the first time in Austria in front of friends, family and midwife colleagues at the ‘House of the Holy’ 2023 and captured on film for this moving moment never to be forgotten.”

Video credits
Camera by Nanna Cartis (Cartismandua), Sunny Shot Me Down, Hendrik Rohmann, and Thomas Keplinger (Framepunk Guerilla)
Editing by Christian Höll

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Tracklist
1. Vom Verlånga
2. Ois wås ma san
3. Heiliges Bluat
4. Hebamm
5. D’Muata
6. Wehenkanon
7. Ausbruch
8. Långtuttin & Stampa
9. Mei Dianä Mei Bua

The image of a solitary woman living in a remote Alpine mountain place literally at the edge of civilisation evokes strong connotations of which ‘witch’ is probably one of the first. An independent woman confident and free in her actions, sexuality, and self-determination still goes against the collective expectations of our society.

With PERCHTA‘s sophomore full-length entitled “D’Muata”, which translates from her Alpine Austrian dialect to English as “The Mother”, mastermind and vocalist Frau Percht and her band have created a feminist manifesto within a folklore influenced black metal context. Femininity in all its facets is a rather niche topic in this genre although it is an inseparable part of everything human and the natural world around us.

All members of PERCHTA work in one way or the other with natural materials, while being shaped by the majestic mountain landscape surrounding them and even experiencing the essence of life first hand working as a midwife. “D’Muata” places the focus on procreation, birth, the nourishing of life, and motherhood without reducing women to this aspect. Such themes as female sexuality, menstruation stigma, the loss of a child, violence against women, and even femicide are also explored – and also personified as in the dark ancient Alpine folklore figures described in the track ‘Langtuttin & Stampa’.

Taking their name from an alleged pagan goddess that older scholars tried to reconstruct as being worshiped in the Upper German and Austrian Alpine regions, PERCHTA were conceived in Tyrol, Austria in 2017 with an aim to preserve and rejuvenate regional traditions.

Three years later, PERCHTA released their debut album “Ufång” (2020), which established the band’s reputation as a highly individualistic and unique act. All lyrics of the entire album are intoned in the Tyrolean vernacular. The words are shrouded in a tempest of tremolo guitars and ritualistic folk with bone-piercing extreme vocals on top. 

Once touring activities resumed after the global break, PERCHTA also began to earn attention for their outstanding live performances, which strengthened the bonds within the band. Now the black witch of the Tyrolean mountains and her pack return with a magical new album that PERCHTA will also bring to the stage!

Release date: June 14, 2024
Style: Folk Black Metal
Label: Prophecy Productions

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Line-up

Frau Percht ​​– harsh & clean vocals, Teufelsgeige, percussions
Walscher​​ Fabio D’Amore – bass, keys & programming
Loda​​​ Chris Knoll – electric lead & acoustic guitars
Moosmandl ​​Christian Höll – dulcimer (Hackbrett)
Gsell​​​ Lukas Massinger – electric rhythm & acoustic guitars
Håscht​ ​​Simon Schnückel – drums

Guest musicians
Morean (ALKALOID, ex-DARK FORTRESS) – vocals on ‘D’Muata’
Dr. Ranklstein (ARG!) – Percussion on ‘Wehenkanon’
Theresa Wopfner – tenor hammered dulcimer & zither
Claudia Ciresa, Katja Reisenbauer, Felix, Maria, Laurenz & Darius – choir

Guitar arrangement by Loda and Gsell
Rhythm& lead guitar recordings & editing at Loda’s home studio

Production, recording & editing
Fabio D’Amore at Synonym of Sound, Silz (AT)

Mixing
Staffan Karlsson at The Sweetspot, Halmstad (SE)
Fabio D’Amore at Synonym of Sound, Silz (AT)

Mastering
Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki (FI)

Cover artwork by Lisa Schubert (Vinsterwan)
Graphical design by Janus Net-Works

Link
www.facebook.com/perchta.band
www.instagram.com/perchta.band

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