Witchbreed was created by the hands of Ares (bass) and Ricardo Dikk (guitar).
Later joined by Ruby Roque as vocalist, the first and primal band formation was completed. Soon after Witchbreed released “Descending Fires”, a demo-ep containing four songs that become a very rare and sought-after item for underground collectors all over the world. With the increasing demand for live shows Witchbreed added Filipe Sousa (guitar) and Tiago “Hollow” Lopes (drums) and became ready to present a complete live show of seductive and fierce aggressiveness. The following year was spent playing live in clubs all over the country and as an opening act for bands like Samael in some of the biggest summer fests in Portugal. Witchbreed’s live show took critics and audiences by surprise due to their dark energy and furious performance. Such performances have established Witchbreed as a genuine and unexpected groundbreaking band in the current Metal scene.
“Heretic Rapture” Debut Album
Soon after, the band hit the studio again to record two songs: Rebel Blood and Brotherhood of Fang & Claw. Released as a streaming promo only it took just a couple of hours until Ascendance Records came into play and was impressed enough to offer the band a record deal. With the support of Ascendance the band was officially committed to recording their debut album “Heretic Rapture” which was produced by Waldemar Sorychta (Moonspell, Tiamat, Samael, Lacuna Coil…) to assist and improve the already inspiring writing process. “Heretic Rapture” is one of the heaviest and darkest Metal records ever recorded with female vocals revealing a musical dimension of blackened guitar riffs and progressive song structures, underlined by subtle, cinematic keyboards and dramatic, haunting vocals.
The combination of fiercely aggressive song verses with memorable epic choruses make the musical journey through “Heretic Rapture” a mesmerizing experience, concentrating on the dilemmas of existence and the mysteries of human behavior. Lyric wise “Heretic Rapture” is a solitary scream against the hypocrisy of disbelief and evokes the spirit of resistance in a world now devoid of sense.
“In Memoriam Nocturnus” Original Soundtrack
After an intense domestic touring schedule promoting “Heretic Rapture” Ruby took a break while expecting her newborn child. During that period Witchbreed was invited to record the official Original Soundtrack for a special vampire novel book, short film and graphic novel project named “Nocturnus: Redemption” published by one of the biggest Portuguese Book Labels: Editorial Presença. Released under the name “In Memoriam Nocturnus” this Deluxe Special Edition counted with Sandrine Orsini as a guest vocalist and the special guest participation of Portugal’s most recognized Metal radio DJ Antonio Freitas.
“Queen of Storms” Mini-Album
Returning to their original three band piece formation and signing a two album deal with Whispering Voice Records from Norway thus resulted in what will be their most ambitious project so far. “Queen of Storms” is the first Whispering Voice Records release, this classic mini-album is comprised of unreleased and re-worked songs from the Ruby Roque (vox) period and definitely closes a chapter in Witchbreed’s career setting the tone for the future.
“Armageddon” Sophomore Album
“Armageddon” is Witchbreed’s effective sophomore album and was created out of the blood and ashes of Ares & Ricardo Dikk. . A more extreme and aggressive path is now being thrilled revealing the darkest and heavier roots of Ares & Ricardo Dikk. A new thematic direction and lyrical content mixing both occult-misanthropic content with a transcendental “out of earth” concern is the new perspective for both composers. Leaving this earth and focusing on what lies beyond as the origin and ultimately the demise of human nature gave Witchbreed a new exciting source of inspiration for faster, darker and heavier riffs becoming the new musical approach the band was craving for.