Arsenic Addiction: With the hammer of witches…..

Arsenic Addiction - Maleficium

Arsenic Addiction line-up:

Nate Dahlquist – Drums

Haley Grow (Lady Arsenic) – Vocals, Keyboard

Tyler Gipson – Guitars

James Kessler – Guitars

Salt Lake City’s Arsenic Addiction’s released their fourth album XIX, and in support of the record, they released the visually stunning video Fire featuring UTAH’s salt flats as a backdrop. Today, the band is excited to present their next breathtaking video filmed and directed once again by Brian Medeiros for their track Maleficium and this time they have changed altitudes to hit the snow-capped peaks of Utah`s mountains.


Our degradation is close at hand

seducer, sinner, villain, wretch

gather all ye heathen brethren

pray for forgiveness and repent

betrayer of god

you will suffer for your sins

show penitence

confess and sacrifice

Burn the Witch

Burn me

What sins must I confess

my only sin was you

if to love is a sin

burn me for loving you

I’ll burn

in hells fire

I’ll burn


turn to ash

in your mouth

I’ll burn

because of you

purify your heart

without serpents tongue

confess your lies

Burn the Witch

Burn Me

Burn the Witch

that cunning bitch

the whore

the devil’s will be done

through her

my only sin was you

if to love is a sin

burn me

Burn me

hurt me

blame me

I’ll burn

for you

Burn the Witch

This cunning bitch

your whore

the devil’s will be done

through me

I’ll burn

inside you

I’ll burn

to hide you

I’ll burn

your witch

your whore

because you

love me.

Burn the sinner

Purify her

Burn the sinner

Burn the witch

The band adds about the track:

«The working title for this song was Malleus Maleficarum, it translates to The Hammer Of Witches. A book and nickname for a clergyman who was discredited by the Catholic Church about the finding, extermination, and torture procedures for witches. Exodus 22:18  Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live».

«The song itself is pretty straightforward as it is about patriarchal ideals against not only women, but anyone who dares to love differently, dress differently, and act out of the accepted norm. This song was written very specifically for our vocalist Lady Arsenic and her experiences and accusations of ‘being a witch’ in the sense of a seductress, whore, etc., for being an openly polyamorous woman, treated as though she has control over the thoughts and feelings of others and that she is somehow responsible for their actions (Witchcraft). It’s petty martyrdom, but it was very cathartic to write».

Arsenic Addiction’s latest full length XIX is the story of an outsider, those who dare to be different, strange, or unusual and are made out to be monsters, demons, or witches because of it. It’s the journey of the human soul from a feminine perspective experiencing love, hate, finding inner power, and making deals with the devil to conquer those who would stand in the way of that power. The track Fire,

Although the music of Arsenic Addiction has evolved in style over the years, the reason has always been the same: to create art, connect with others, and express emotions/complex issues about love, death, and the world that are difficult to convey with mere words.

A wide range of emotions is packed into Arsenic Addiction’s music, which blends gothic, melodic, and death elements. It is well suited for fans of Cradle Of Filth, Behemoth, and In This Moment.


About Ulf Backstrøm (7413 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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