While the origins of Witch Taint remain hazy, even to the members themselves, there is at least some evidence of the band’s existence dating back as far as late 2004, when Witch Taint founder Lance the King of Black Metal and About 500 Other Things Most People Can’t Handle (rumored to actually be comedian and musician Dave Hill) began emailing a mysterious man name Saittham, managing director of a Norwegian Black Metal record label in Oslo called Planet Satan Revolution, in hopes of securing a record contract (Read their legendary, extreme, brutal and 100% real email correspondence for yourself at www.theblackmetaldialogues.com) despite the fact that he had yet to record any music. However, we also know a version of the band consisting of Lance and his sworn enemy, Oslo native Matthias Backwards (rumored to actually be musician and comedian Phil Costello), began performing live as a duo in 2017, reading the aforementioned emails and playing a select few extremely extreme songs during sold out appearances at SXSW, in London and Oslo (where none other than Fenriz from Norwegian Black Metal legends Darkthrone was in the front row), and at the 2018 Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. These shows were awesome and a lot of members of the audience had to receive counseling both during and immediately following the show because it was so extreme, brutal, and occasionally foul in odor.
Anyway, after noticing the largely German-speaking audience at Wacken seemed to prefer their music over their talking, Lance and Matthias began recording the full-length debut Witch Taint album in earnest as soon as they got back to America. By this time, interest in Witch Taint had grown so much that none other than author Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, etc.) dedicated an entire episode of his Revisionist History and Broken Record to the Witch Taint origin story and Lance’s email correspondence.