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Metamorphosis Launch Gig update

ANNOUNCEMENT RE; WARD XVI METAMORPHOSIS LAUNCH GIG

Sadly, the krazy kats Footprints In The Custard can no longer be part of the night as they’d prefer a Lawnmower Deth over a Chainsaw Deth.

But do not fear inmates…The incredible South Of Salem have placed themselves into the custardy footprints left behind.

These guys have had an incredible year… in fact they released their album ‘The Sinner takes it all’ on the same day as us in 2020 and it too has gone down a storm.

This night will be an insane one with Pulverise and Psychic Illusions – Magic and Mind Reading completing the bill to make it an incredible night in which we will be playing Metamorphosis in it’s entirety- including full theatric show.

So please join us at Manchester Academy 3 on December 18th for a night to remember.

Get your Tickets here >> https://wardxvi.bandcamp.com/merch/album-launch-gig-ticket or via the Manchester Academy 3 website.

 

 

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Metamorphosis to be released on Vinyl to mark the first year anniversary

The inmates of Ward XVI have had a moment of clarity and have seen through their sedative induced haze and are plotting to release Metamorphosis on vinyl.

Scheduled for release in September 2021 to mark the 1-year anniversary of release, ‘Metamorphosis ’ will be available as a double LP in a black ink on white vinyl design-consistent with the Rorschach art concept, trifold sleeve and includes a bonus side consisting of 4 acoustic tracks taken from their Ep ‘Unplugged and Sedated’ and is available exclusively on preorder via www.wardxvi.bandcamp.com from Friday 2nd April-10th May and available in 3 purchase options;

1. Metamorphosis double LP
2. Metamorphosis double LP signed by the band
3. Metamorphosis double LP signed by the band and also includes an insanely limited and personalised lyric booklet with the song lyrics to all of the metamorphosis tracks hand written by Psychoberrie herself

Please note that this is a pre-order and order for this vinyl will not be dispatched until September 2021.

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Doktor Von Stottenstein signs with Hagstrom Guitars and Legendary Pickups

The Doktor has proven that not all good things happen to good men.

He has recently become a patron and signed artist to Hagstrom Guitars and Legendary Pickups, adding to his gear stash that also includes Blackstar Amplification and Intune GP guitar Plectrums.

Look forward to seeing and hearing these at the next release of the inmates.

https://www.hagstromguitars.com/

https://www.legendarypickups.co.uk/home

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End of year Honours (2020)

It’s been a crazy year, we’ve had to cancel album launches, Psychoberrie and the Doktor’s wedding and we didn’t get to tour the new album with the new ambitious show we had planned but on the plus side we’ve had some amazing feedback for the album, amazing support from our inmates old and new and the end of year awards were really the icing on the cake.
Thank you everyone that’s supported us!

Thank you Uber Rock, Moshville Times, Hard Rock Hell, Hard Rock Hell Radio, Fluid Mastering, Devolution Magazine, Burning Metal Irl ,Black diamond’s Metal Mayhem, Ever Metal, Metallum Sub Terra, TotalRock

Metalplanetmusic, Mayhem Radio ,Powerplay Rock and Metal Magazine for the New Year Honours
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Ward XVI release Unplugged and Sedated EP

Isolated from toilet roll hoarders, and other pandemic related mischief, the inmates of Ward XVI were blissfully unaware of the chaos ensuring outside Whittingham…that was until they planned to escape and bring Psychoberrie’s latest confessional to the masses, where they found out that
everyone else was isolating like they had been too.
This vexed the inmates greatly as their bloodlust and hunger for new inmates had reached boiling point.
To ward off further insanity, a couple of the inmates decided to break ranks and serenade you with 5 stripped down tracks to hypnotise and allure the unsuspected public, to ensure that they were lulled into a false sense of security believing that there was a new sensitive side to the inmate’s demeanour before all hell is unleashed and the Corridors of Whittingham Asylum’s Ward XVI is emptied.

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Ward XVI Release new Video for “the mind blowing” Closing track from ‘Metamorphosis’, ‘Shadows’

“This over the top album ends with the mind blowing ‘Shadows’. It has the pomp and majesty of A Night At The Proms performance. It’s an all consuming black hole to finish off a faultless piece of work. It ebbs and flows like a heavier ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ beginning with gentle vocals, strings and laid back snare work as it builds to a crescendo of almost operatic majesty with guest vocals by Russ Custard from Footprints In The Custard. The final minute is a cathartic wall of noise that eases to a shimmering calm.”
HRH Mag
I want to tell the story of how the lyrics to this song came about. This was one of the songs that had sat there there longest without me putting any lyrics to it. I’d tried on several occasions and I just couldn’t do it justice. I had an intro, nothing more.

My great Nana fell ill with Pneumonia and I went with my sister to see her in hospital. Unfortunately she died whilst we were both at her bedside and I came out of there kind of not knowing how to feel. What I’d witnessed was both beautiful and horrible at the same time, everything seemed very still and calm following her death but there was also a huge part of me that was angry at the way she’d been treated.

At some point in the week that followed I played the demo and recorded the vocals in one take, a lot of it I made up on the spot. I then went back later and recorded another vocal layer. I must stress that these lyrics are completely fictional, in no way relevant to the events that happened a few days prior but the emotion that was present I knew I could never capture that again, which worried me because I had to re-record this in the studio.

We got the first set of mixes back for the album and I listened through what I’d recorded in the studio for this track and I immediately said I didn’t like the vocals, the demo was just perfect. There were imperfections on the demo, I had a cold for one, my home recording mic isn’t very good, but there was no way I could capture that emotion again and I hadn’t, so we took the new vocals out and dropped the demo vocals in so what you hear on this track are the actual vocals I recorded that day alone, at home.

These lyrics genuinely disturb me. If there’s one song that makes you understand why Psychoberrie became so evil it’s this one.

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