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Witchsorrow : Witchsorrow

"Whaaat Miiight Have Beeeen..."

Sorry to open this review yelling like a demented, but that's the kind of words Witchsorrow stubbornly and insistently hammer into your skull. For your delight. The band is very good at coming up with powerful and catchy choruses, their songwriting remains dynamic, what is cool too regarding the length of the songs: they winds through muddy landscapes and gray mists at the speed of a penitent crippled with arthritis. As a matter of fact, they deliver their music at the haunting pace I expect from a Doom album.

The husky voice of Nick "Necroskull" Ruskell (between Matt Pike of High On Fire and Janne Christoffersson of Grand Magus) has contemptuous and listless accents, the guitar and bass sound is round and fuzzy, the chords are stretched more than necessary, leaving a permanent droning trace... This is the smelter full of hot and steamy curls in which Withsorrow organize their desperate and bitter sermons, dazing us with fat riffs and lethargic percussions. Incidentally, the drummer is very good, especially on 'Gomorrah', the fastest track that is more than ever reminiscent of High On Fire to my ears. The guy knows how to play with his cybals: itís like they're throwing burning hot sparks everywhere ; he pounds his gear faster or slower, but always with a great energy.

Witchsorrowís music is Doom to the core, overwhelming and super crushing. At times, you feel the band willing to take a little momentum, the pace quickens a bit, the guitar hoots, mourns its metaphysical grief. The cry of defeated men. Itís not completely monolithic though : micro breaks, psychedelic leads Ėalways well contained within the tragic frame- alternating between a certain measure of savagery and gloomy despondency. Everything is focused on the fatal heaviness of Doom (track 3 is an exception; it helps revitalize the whole thing, which is quite well thought out). It is simple and sober while carrying an emotional charge that you could compare with Warningís Watching From A Distance, for instance. Dark and angry dirges, full of a sick, almost nauseous groove.

To sum it up, the short accelerations scattered around the album give it a bit of tension, but overall, I donít feel them ready to play Black Metal, no, the guys you hear have given up all hope for good, life is disgusting and Doom, hell! It is the way to go! So, I you like harsh Heavy Doom and the early works of Cathedral, which are obviously a big influence also, please welcome Witchsorrow! May their pale and flickering fires light our nights for a long time to come!

Reviewer's rating: 7.5/10


Tracklist :
1. The Agony
2. The Trial of Elizabeth Clarke
3. Gomorrah
4. Thou Art Cursed
5. Impaler, Tepes

Duration : Approx. 46 minutes

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Reviewed on 15-05-2010 by Bertrand marchal
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