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10 Nov 2016

Witchwood “Handful of Stars” 2016 Italy Melodic Prog Hard Rock

Witchwood  “Handful of Stars” 2016  excellent Italy Melodic Prog Hard Rock  release November 18th 2016 
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In 2014, from the ashes of the cult band Buttered Bacon Biscuits (BBB), were born the Witchwood which released in 2010 “From the Solitary Woods”, distribuited by “Black Widow Records” and positively reviewed by many italian and foreign music magazines and websites. To support that album BBB played in many gigs around Italy, also supporting important bands like Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull, Bud Spencer Blues Explosion, etc. They also released in 2013 “A National Acrobat” cover for the Black Sabbath tribute “Hands of Doom” for Mag Music Production. After the BBB split, some members of the band, Ricky, Andy, Steve and Sam, have decided, with the entry of new member Luca Celotti on bass, to start a new project, Witchwood. All musicians active for decades, with past recording experience and collaborations with artists like Martin Grice (Delirium) and Nik Turner (Hawkwind). Debut “Litanies from the woods” is the result of 2 years of composition, long and hard rehersal and recording sessions and is out for Jolly Roger Records in May 2015 on Cd and Digital and October 2015 on 2 Lp. With the considerable lenght of 78 minutes the album features ten tracks and is a long journey from hard rock 70’s, to progressive, psych, southern rock and blues and receives excellent reviews both from Italian and foreign press, and also very good selling-results (Cd second run, 500 double Lps near to sold out in few months). Recently Witchwood were voted as “best emerging band in 2015” for Rock Hard (Ita) Magazine and reached the final in the Wacken Metal Battle competition. “Handful of Stars” features 3 brand new tracks written for this release, 2 covers (“Flaming Telepath” of Blue Oyster Cult e “Rainbow Demon” of Uriah Heep, a sort of homage and tribute to these two great bands, so important for Witchwood’s musical journey) and an unreleased version of suite “Handful of Stars” (from “Litanies from the Woods”) with a new breathless intro, for 45 minutes of music. “Handful of Stars” is the right way to celebrate the appreciations received for the debut album, to present new guitarist Antonino Stella, valued session-man and longtime Ricky’s friend, and new videoclip of the title-track, realized by artist Dimitri Corradini: …by Jolly Roger Records……………. 

One year after the acclaimed debut album “Litanies From the Woods” (2015), Italian 70’s hard rockers Witchwood come back with a new album, “Handful of Stars”, to be released by Jolly Roger Records on November 18th, 2016. 

The band founded by Ricky Dal Pane (ex-Buttered Bacon Biscuits, vocals, guitars and main songwriter) will release “Handful of Stars”, featuring 3 unreleased songs, 2 covers - “Flaming Telepath” from Blue Öyster Cult and “Rainbow Demon” from Uriah Heep - a kind of homage and tribute to these two great bands, so important for Witchwood’s musical journey, and an unreleased version of the suite “Handful of Stars”, song taken from “Litanies From the Woods” with a new breathless intro, for a total of 45 minutes of music. 

“"Handful of Stars" represents an hypothetical band’s cycle as it contains also music based on ideas developed during the recording sessions of “Litanies From the Woods”, but left behind because that album was already almost 80 minutes length”, comments Ricky Dal Pane. 
“There are 3 unreleased songs and a tribute to two of our favourite bands of all time: “Flaming Telepaths” from Blue Öyster Cult and “Rainbow Demon” from Uriah Heep. We also added an extended version of the song “Handful of Stars”. This is a very well curated album and it’s full of interesting material. It’s not just a filler between two full-length albums as its length is 45 minutes. We are very happy about it and we hope our fans won’t be disappointed”. 

“Handful of Stars” is the right way to celebrate the appreciations received for the debut album and to introduce the new guitar player Antonino Stella, appreciated session man and long time Ricky’s friend. The new video clip for the title track, made by the artist Dimitri Corradini, will be available soon. 

The album will be available as yellow LP limited to 100 copies, LP, CD, and boxset CD + tshirt + sticker limited to 100….. 

Riccardo “Ricky” Dal Pane – Vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin & percussion 
Andrea “Andy” Palli – Drums & percussion 
Stefano “Steve” Olivi – Hammond, piano, synth & moog 
Luca “Celo” Celotti – Bass 
Samuele “Sam” Tesori – Flute & harmonica 
Antonino “Woody” Stella – Lead guitar 

01. Presentation: Under the Willow 
02. Like a Giant in a Cage 
03. A Grave Is the River 
04. Mother 
05. Flaming Telepaths (Blue Öyster Cult cover) 
06. Rainbow Demon (Uriah Heep cover) 
07. Handful of Stars (New Version)

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