Band: Witch Mountain
Title: Witch Mountain
Label: Svart Records
Release Date: May 25th, 2018
Country: United States
Format Reviewed: CD-quality digital
Moment of entering a forest in the afternoon, called by the distant song of a voice as seductive as lethal. Time to be touched by the wet leaves and walk among fungi lethargic by the immortal fuzz, driven by the spirit of the almighty heavy bluesy riff.
Witch Mountain returned, after undergoing a radical change in its formation, after the departure of its singer Uta Plotkin. Maybe many thought that it could be impossible to replace, due to the personality and vocal flow that she gave to the band, but not only did they find a worthy replacement for such an incredible singer, but we are in the presence of one of the most amazing voices that the world of metal gave in recent years. I refer to the young Kayla Dixon, who fills the shoes of Uta and dazzles with a style full of passion, capable of vocalizing heavy blues sections or making growls, according to the requirement of each composition. Undoubtedly his jazz training is noticed, and before the professionalism of the rest of the band, stands out remarkably.
The band sounds incredibly tight and compositionally they are one step higher than the rest of their contemporaries Heavy Psych/Stoner/Doom. In fact, it is the only band of the style that tries to navigate so deep in blues waters, which gives them a notorious classism factor. It is impossible not to think about the first album of Sabbath when listening to the forcefulness of the perfect riffs of guitarist Rob Wrong.
“Witch Mountain” is a relatively short album, of little more than half an hour of duration, but that sounds with an outstanding vitality, with a band that can easily pass through powerful and direct structures to complex compositional frameworks, such as “Nighthawk”, the last track of the album, lasting 14 minutes, where the combo exhibits the totality of its powerful weaponry.
The title of the album, with the same name as the band, is appropriate, since it sounds like a new beginning, although far from being a transitional work, the band sounds totally entrenched and with the necessary confidence to face a promising future full of doom A totally recommendable album for lovers of the Stoner/Doom and the immortal good metal of the 70’s with bluesy roots. 8.5/10 Sergio
8,5/10 – To Greatness and glory!
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