WOE / Ultha 2017 tour:
- 4/13/2017 Het Bos - Antwerp, BE
- 4/14/2017 Hamburg Is Droneburg Festival @ Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE [info]
- 4/15/2017 Vendetta Fest @ Tiefgrund – Berlin, DE [info]
- 4/16/2017 Conspiracy Of The Damned Festival @ Baroeg – Rotterdam, NL [info]
- 4/17/2017 Nexus – Braunschweig, DE [info]
- 4/18/2017 Club Famu – Prag, CZ [info]
- 4/19/2017 TBA
- 4/20/2017 Doom Over Leipzig Festival @ UT Connewitz – Leipzig, DE [info]
- 4/21/2017 Dudefest Festival @ Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE [info]
- 4/22/2017 Roadburn Festival @ O13 – Tilburg, NL [info]
WOE was formed in 2007 as a black metal solo project of multi-instrumentalist Chris Grigg. After catching the underground’s attention with a strong demo of ugly, raw black metal, the first full-length, A Spell For The Death Of Man, was unleashed in 2008. The album presented the first glimpse of modern WOE: faithful to the traditions established by the black metal classics but a willingness to inject a very American perspective by way of punk and hardcore influences. It found critical acclaim both in the underground and beyond.
Demand for live performances encouraged the assembly of a full band, which was put together with veterans of the Philadelpahia scene. After two years of live work, they signed a contract with longrunning metal label Candlelight Records and released Quietly, Undramatically in 2010. The first recording to feature a full band, the album continued the direction established by A Spell For The Death Of Man but pushed further outwards, showing WOE‘s willingness to experiment with an expansive “post-black metal” sound while not completely ignoring their roots. The risks paid off, as the album received an enormous response and propelled the band to new levels of recognition. Performances at Scion Rock Fest in California and a brief tour opening for the infamous Mayhem followed.
After three years and a relocation from Philadelphia to Brooklyn, the band released Withdrawal on Candlelight in 2013 to more rave reviews. Their strongest, most abrasive material to date, it drew from the dynamics of Quietly, Undramatically while descending back towards the controlled chaos that were central to the WOE‘s ideals. The band toured heavily in support but were ultimately forced to put the project to focus on responsibilities outside of music.