Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Witchfinder- S/T (2017)

Like a mist eerily rising from the darkened woods, Witchfinder appears from Clermont-Ferrand, France with their S/T debut- a four track album of macabre doom metal that will leave you feeling haunted. Between the quiet, delicate vocals filtered with a spaced out effect and the gloom-drenched shadowy atmosphere, this release seems to fill the air with a ghostly presence that will send chills running down your spine. The few guitar solos are distant, ominous, and echo with a melancholy melody. Witchfinder's musical style draws comparisons to Electric Wizard, but the band takes a gentler approach with a different sense of timing.  The third track "Brain's flare" starts off sounding like a song cut from "Witchcult Today", but as it goes on, it develops its own distinct identity.  All four of the songs here are long (the shortest being just under 9 and half minutes) in order to lure you into a false sense of security. As soon as you find yourself comfortable with a track, the band upends the sound and crushes you with the full force of the riff. Each song ends with a fury of blows as the cymbal and guitar rain down with a slow, supernatural might. The next time I'm alone in the forest at night, I suspect that memories of this album will start to flood my mind and fill me with a sense of otherworldly dread... And this album is so great that I'm almost looking forward to it. -Brandon

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