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Burning Witch
Towers 12" Colored Vinyl (Slap- A-Ham Records)

By: Jeb Branin

It is time for a new edition of the Book of Doom. A new chapter called BURNING WITCH needs to be added. "Towers" is a monument to all that is right in doom metal. Slow, churning guitars plow furrows of noise amidst a deliberate rhythm section whose beat herald's the Apocalypse. The vocals are the sounds of unfathomable human suffering. One minute the singer is wailing away in a quasi-clean voice and the next he is screeching and growling like a man possessed. The only valid comparison I can make might be a combination of both the old style and new style vocals of Tom G. Warrior of CELTIC FROST. In fact, old CELTIC FROST is a good point of reference for much of this album because of the massive sound and the one-of-a-kind approach. Almost everything about this album is innovative and, as we all know, innovation is a rare commodity in doom. BURNING WITCH master the essence of heaviness and incorporate their own unique twist into a sound that includes both classic SABBATH influences and neo-sludge overtones. It almost sounds like it hurt them to create this noise and with only four songs that combine for over half and hour of music, only true fans of metallic pain dare venture too near the flames of the witch.
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