REVIEW: Witchsorrow – Witchsorrow

Witchsorrow

Witchsorrow

1. The Agony

2. The Trial of Elizabeth Clarke

3. Gomorrah

4. Thou Art Cursed

5. Impaler, Tepes

The album opens up with a very traditional doom sounding combination of a guitar chord, and a low, rumbling bass line surging through your body. The drums pick up, and then the guitars begin to match the bass line with a wicked, drone like tone. The opening riff is very impressive, and soon the depressing, drawn out, coarse, vocals sludge out from the vocalist’s mouth and the riff changes, conveying a whole new atmosphere, but still remaining a very early doom sound with a combination of modern stoner doom heavy, thick, and hazy tone. The repetitive structure of the song continues for about five and a half minutes, really sucking you in and then a new pounding guitar riff enters to lead us into some bluesy death. The first song exits, with some tremolo picking over a crushing riff, and then fades to feedback.

The next song opens up with a guitar, and then another guitar and already I’m rocking in my chair and slightly headbanging before the drums and bass kick in. The riffs change up a bit, and even eventually pick up the pace. These riffs are A+++++ and nothing is standing in this albums way so far as the riffs bludgeon, and the awesome guitar and bass tones assault with love.

Gomorrah opens up with an awesome, sludgy guitar riff at a pretty quick pace, especially for this band. The vocals with subtle, but cool effects on them bleat a tapestry of words over the metal as the tempo goes back down, but of course, only to pick up again and keep the song interesting. The next track, Thou Art Cursed sticks out pretty well, with a medium gain guitar intro similar to many a sludge song. The drum pound in, and the bass rumbles on, solidifying this opening as a heavy, dark, and bluesy piece of quality metal.

As is a characteristic of most great doom, the rhythm section is superb, and this is no exception. The bass lines are tight, and sound really, really good. The same can be said for the drums too. I don’t mean to give the guitarist/vocalist the short end of the stick, he’s got major talent as well, creating superb riffs, and a quality metal voice from the gods. This album stands out as just being really good. With every listen, the small hard to notice things come out, and the tone of the album gets better and better, and for this increasing awesomeness

Witchsorrow’s self titled debut gets…

-MW

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