CIRCLE OF WITCHES is a heavy metal band with doom influences born in Italy in 2004 by the will of Mario Bove (lead voice and guitar). Through the years they collected hundreds of live shows and festivals, a bunch of demos, two Eps and three full-length, the last one entitled NATURAL BORN SINNERS, scheduled for the early months of 2019. The band was honored to share the stage with famous artists like CANDLEMASS, RUSSELL ALLEN (SYMPHONY X), DARK TRANQUILLITY, DECAPITATED, MELECHESH, PESTILENCE, THE SKULL, DEMON, ANCIENT RITES, FORSAKEN, ROBERTO TIRANTI (LABYRINTH), STRANA OFFICINA, DOOMRAISER, EPITAPH, DEATH SS.
In the early days, the band played a raw stoner metal, with a strong root belonging to ‘70s hard and heavy. They had gigs in small clubs and parties, keeping their activity strictly in Italy, always searching for a new stage but showing no real interest in dealing with labels. In 2012 came a turning point by having their very first European tour with several dates in Austria, Spain, Uk, and producing “Casa Lavica Sessions”, a video live in studio.
In 2013 they joined forces with Polish producer Bart Gabriel (SACRED STEEL, CRYSTAL VIPER, BURNING STARR) and sound engineer Mariusz Pietka (LONEWOLF, SABATON, MORTICIAN). They recorded “ROCK THE EVIL”, a ten tracks album blending heavy metal and stoner, leading C.o.W. next to Motorhead’s granitic sound united with the dark riffing of Black Sabbath and the harsh impact of the NWOBHM.
A few months later Circle of Witches inked a deal with METAL TANK RECORDS which published the album in February 2014, followed by the promotional tour. In the same year, the band played again around Europe and headlined the Rise of the Spacelord Festival in Wien which was a sold out. They also started collaborations with some international agencies for booking and management.
2015 saw Circle of Witches twice in Russia sharing the stage with DORO and then with U.D.O. in their respective tours, playing in front of more than 7.000 people. Later on, the band took part to some important festival like the German Metal Frenzy 2016.
In January 2017 the band closed down in ALPHA OMEGA STUDIOS on the Como Lake, to record the brand new full-length album “NATURAL BORN SINNERS” produced by Alex Azzali and Nicholas Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT). This new chapter is focused upon the concept of riot and some rebels from the past like Lucifer, Spartacus, Anton Lavey, Giordano Bruno. This eleven track marked the path of heavy metal and doom influences, with a sound between Judas Priest, Grand Magus, and Candlemass.
Circle of Witches organized their NATURAL BORN SINNERS EUROPEAN TOUR 2018 to promote the upcoming album, playing a dozen of gigs on the way of Hungary, Austria, Malta, Germany, and Italy, joining some important festival like Agglutination Metal Festival and Malta Doom Metal Fest.
CIRCLE OF WITCHES is:
Mario “Hell” Bove – lead vocals & guitar
Joe “Wiseman” Dardano – lead guitar
Tony “Faraway” Farabella – bass & backing vocals
Joey “Helmet” Coppola – drums