Monday, January 9, 2023

DREAD WITCH ~ Tower Of The Severed Serpent (2023)

Dread Witch was formed in 2022 in Aarhus, Denmark by Andreas Cadaver of stoner metal act Stone Cadaver on guitars, bass, and keys, Mikael Rise of tech metal outfit Scamp on vocals, and Dennis Larsen, formerly of Olm, on drums.

Six tracks of skin crawling doom sludge aural abuse, crushing the megalith with riffs of  gravitational force and neutronium density.

I detect a leaning towards and beyond Triptycon at their heaviest especially in the opening track 'The Tower' but what makes Tower Of The Severed Serpent extra special is when the band occasionally transcends the oppressive gloom and launches a passage of stoner doom groove before once again succumbing to tyrannical sludge doom dissonance.

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