White Widows Pact
No single band is as central to Brooklyn, New York's current heavy music scene as White Widows Pact. Frontman David Castillo is co-owner of Saint Vitus Bar, the city's undisputed home base for live metal and hardcore. In a few short years, Saint Vitus Bar has established itself as the premier curator of local bands and as a top destination for touring acts, some of them legendary – Refused and a reunited Nirvana are two recent visitors to its tiny stage.
Castillo also fronts Primitive Weapons, the Brooklyn band recently signed to The Dillinger Escape Plan's label, Party Smasher Inc. The other four members of White Widows Pact – guitarists Travis Bacon and Nick Emde, bassist Brian Ponto, and drummer Kenny Appell – are equally entrenched in the city's scene, doing time in outfits like Grudges, Cleanteeth, and Goes Cube.
With True Will, White Widows Pact does its hometown proud. Named one of 2015's "100 Bands You Need to Know" by Alternative Press earlier this year, White Widows Pact now officially earns that title. On True Will, New York hardcore, '90s death metal, and Southern sludge unite in a storm of grooving power that nods to Madball, Obituary,and Crowbar. A wall of strings, a machine of a drummer, and frontman Castillo in maniac-mode – White Widows Pact owns a sound that recalls the glory days of Earache and Roadrunner, as well as the glory days of New York City, boosted by present-day hardcore energy and lyrics which plumb the existential depths of urban life.
True Will was recorded and mixed at The Wild Arctic in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with Dean Baltulonis (Sick of It All, Modern Life Is War) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, High on Fire). The album follows a self-titled debut EP, released by Saint Vitus Bar's own label, Sacrament Records, with the vinyl released by Panic Records.
Guest appearances on True Will include: Sara Taylor of Youth Code, Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats, Aaron Heinold of Hivesmasher, and Leech of Theologian.
The album's art is a collaboration between tattoo artist Dan Bones and photographer Meg Wachter.