Track Premiere: Witch Mountain – ‘Priceless Pain’

The Witch Mountain doom cult spent their Portland “summer vacation” hard at work in “guitarist Rob Wrong’s brand new Wrong Way recording studio,” according to the band themselves. What they came out with testifies to what they put into that time. Their new song, an omen of what’s to come, called “Priceless Pain” sees vocalist Kayla Dixon baring her teeth, alternately screaming and doomsinging through bluesy riffs while the drums pound it all into the earth.

“When I first heard the music for ‘Priceless Pain,’ I instantly knew what I wanted the song to be about,” writes vocalist Kayla Dixon.

“Priceless Pain”

“I had recently been viscerally affected by the (not so new) news of the Amazon rainforest burning. I however sadly, wasn’t surprised. Humanity has, in a very short amount of time, almost completely ravaged this earth. I was even less surprised when I found out that the fires were caused by ‘controlled’ burns to clear way for cattle ranching. According to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies website, ‘Cattle ranching is the largest driver of deforestation in every Amazon country, accounting for 80% of current deforestation rates.’ Many of us want to believe that we’re not alone in this universe, yet the idea of extraterrestrial life frightens some of us. In this song, I want to urge the listener to consider the ‘why’ behind that fear. Might it be that our fear is caused by the conscience that we’ve buried so deep within ourselves that we hardly recognize it? If you reduce earth’s existence down to 46 years, you’ll realize that humans have been on this planet for 4 hours. That would mean that we have managed to destroy about half of the earth’s forests in one minute. This song is my best guess at what might happen if we were visited by a more intelligent and sophisticated species. I believe we’d been seen as a cancer and swiftly removed. My hope is that people will read these lyrics and make changes to their lives on an individual scale to contribute to fixing what we’ve broken.”


Meanwhile, Witch Mountain will soon take their apocalyptic rock out on the road.

“We couldn’t be happier to share some new music on the eve of tour,” writes Witch Mountain. Their tour “kicks off at NW Hesh Fest” then they’ll tour the US with Corrosion of Conformity. The band says they’re “honored and excited,” to tour with the legendary COC. “We even peppered in a few headlining shows on the off nights because who needs days off?”


Fall USA 2019 Tour

Fri 09/20 Portland, OR – Star Theater – NW HESH FEST w/Acid King, Wizard Rifle, Warish

Sun 09/22 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live*

Mon 09/23 Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Music Hall*

Wed 09/25 Peoria, IL – Monarch Music Hall*

Thu 09/26 Ringle, WI – Q&Z Expo Center*

Fri 09/27 Joliet, IL – The Forge*

Sat 09/28 Iowa City, IA – Wildwood*

Sun 09/29 St Louis, MO – Fubar

Mon 09/30 Memphis, TN – Growler’s*

Tue 10/01 Dallas, TX – Canton Hall*

Wed 10/02 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock*

Thu 10/03 Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas

Fri 10/04 Lubbock, TX – Jakes Sports Cafe*

Sat 10/05 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom*

Sun 10/06 Albuquerque, NM – Sister

Mon 10/07 Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room*

Wed 10/09 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s*

Thu 10/10 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver*

Fri 10/11 Pomona, CA – The Glass House*

Sat 10/12 Arcata, CA – Rampart Skate Park

* = w/Corrosion of Conformity