Woe is an American black metal band formed in 2007 in Philadelphia. Originally a solo project of Chris Grigg, the band now includes guitarist Ben Brand and bass guitarist Grzesiek Czapla as permanent members.
Woe began in 2007 as a solo project of Chris Grigg, who wrote and recorded the Absinthe Invocation demo as well as a split 7" with Infernal Stronghold. In 2008, Stronghold Records released A Spell for the Death of Man, a full-length album again written and recorded entirely by Grigg. Over the next two years, Grigg recruited additional musicians--including Evan Madden (drums) and Shane Madden (bass) of Woods of Ypres--to perform live shows and write new songs. Woe signed to Candlelight Records in 2010 and released their followup album Quietly, Undramatically. In 2011 came a tour of the U.S. west coast and a tour with Mayhem. 2011 and 2012 also brought lineup changes, including the departure of Evan Madden and Shane Madden and their replacement with Ruston Grosse on drums and Grzesiek Czapla on bass guitar. Their third album, Withdrawal, was released by Candlelight Records on April 23 2013 followed by tours of the United States and Europe.
The A.V. Club called Woe "one of the best of a strong wave of young American black metal bands willing to play around with the boundaries of the genre" and "a group to watch out for". About Quietly, Undramatically, MetalSucks said "the band have managed to craft something that gives you a good sense of the possibilities STILL existent in the genre" and "This is the sound of black metal to come" while Decibel praised its "sophistication without falling into the usual pitfalls of pretentiousness, cartoonish-ness or undue gloss". While discussing the lineup changes between albums, Pitchfork stated that Quietly, Undramatically "felt undecided, as though Grigg was trying to figure out how to use a full band now that he actually had one" but praised the newest lineup on Withdrawal.
Chris Grigg: vocals and guitar,
Ben Brand: guitar,
Grzesiek Czapla: bass guitar
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