RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (KVEO) – The more things change, the more they stay the same.
As the genes of music have evolved and trends have constantly evolved, there are still people who have their ideal music to listen to from different eras.
Whether it’s dressing up in 90s clothes, playing 60s music, or decorating with 50s designs, retro styles are very important to many people.
And for bands like Witch Child, producing music with a 1980s metal vibe is their way of paying homage to a classic era of heavy metal music.
Witch Child was formed in Weslaco in the mid-2010s with David Gonzalez on guitar and Mando Cantu on vocals as Infernal Night.
The band then changed their name to Witch Child and eventually got a full lineup consisting of Gonzalez, Cantu, who goes by the name of Locust in the band, Randy Carbajal on guitar, Fernando Guillen on bass, and Aaron Coronado on drums.
Gonzalez and Locust were inspired by bands like Judas Priest, Dokken, Metallica, and other metal bands that rose to prominence in the 1980s.
The other members of Witch Child, meanwhile, are in more modern metal bands like Mastodon and Trivium.
Together, the band mixes these influences to create a modern twist on a classic metal sound.
After years of concerts in the Rio Grande Valley, Witch Child decided to take his talents to the studio and release his first album.
Witch Child released their first EP, the eponymous track Child Witch in November 2018. The EP features electrifying riffs, melodic yet aggressive vocals and accents of doom metal on its four songs.
The band saw good feedback on this first release and distributed the album across the valley. Soon, Witch Child drew fans from all over the world.
They continued to play gigs around the RGV until the COVID-19 pandemic kicked in and touring completely stopped.
However, during this time without concerts, the band was able to work on material and eventually joined the studio to record their debut album.
Servo-control of machines was released in June 2021 and is the result of months of work at Negative Audio Studios in Mission.
Much like their EP, this album is a journey through time featuring some of the greatest eras in metal music.
The guitar work and vocals are closely reminiscent of traditional metal bands while the structure of the song gives off a modern progressive metal sound.
Witch Child’s debut gives off a raw energy that feels like one of those ’80s metal bands with an insane amount of talent that for some reason has remained underground. Some examples of this are Crimson Glory, Pentagram, and Savatage.
And maybe that’s what Witch Child wanted. The band state that they went into the studio not wanting to sound too polished and didn’t put a lot of extra work into the production besides making it as heavy as possible.
The band claim that while they appreciate the theatrics of performance and enjoy playing music, their mission is not to attract massive audiences and instead focus on music they can be proud of.
Witch Child seeks to free Servo-control of machines via an international label on streaming platforms and is currently discussing details with the label. If this happens, the record company can make the band’s music known to a wider audience.
With their debut album finished, Witch Child is looking to continue writing new music and performing shows across the RGV and eventually throughout Texas.
Everywhere they go they are sure to bring a classic metal attitude with them.