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Witche's Brew : White Trash Sideshow

Witche's Brew could have released the best Stoner Doom album of the year 2010...

Among the whole Occult Doom wave that lately seems to be rolling over the Italian shores, there's also a cool, yet small, Stoner Doom scene. Anyone having listened to the Martian Pope demo by Misty Morning knows that Italian bands have everything they need to pit their strength against English and US outfits and, when it comes to psychedelic rocking riffs, they even beat some of them.

And this is exactly what brings Witche's Brew here: a great mix of US heaviness (think Solace in their best moments, or even Earthride), blues from the south of the Rio Grande (there's more than one nod to ZZ Top in Mirko's ultra dirty vocals) and UK psychedelism (the nearly 11 minutes of 'Double Trouble', with more than half of the song being an improvisation on guitars, would put Hawkwind to shame and make Acrimony light a big blunt in approval). While the rest of Europe is desperately trying to compose songs about any B and Z movie and horror novel that Electric Wizard haven't yet seen or read, Witche's Brew is doing it the Western style. This is precisely the kind of music you expect to hear as a soundtrack when Clint Eastwood walks into a saloon with the obvious intention of shooting every guy fool enough to stand in his way to a bottle of cheap whisky.

The songs are all great, some even being pure anthems with choruses you can't help singing along with the band (like 'Stone Cold Killer', 'Eighty Miles Across The Sea' and 'Bloody Mary') and oozing that late '60s/early '70s vibe (think Blue Cheer, Blue Öyster Cult, Bludgie and Mountain) that a lot have been trying to emulate; in my opinion, only Goatsnake have managed to do it so nicely.

Really, this could easily be the best Stoner Doom album of the year if it wasn't for the fact that vocals are mixed so low that there are sometimes drowned in a tsunami of guitars. Considering the Lemmy-like voice (at times) of Mirko's, it's a damn shame not being able to hear him correctly. But apart from that, you can blindly spend your hard-earned cash on that one: the Doom Saloon welcomes a new band on stage, bring the girls and the booze for the night is young and those fellas are here to make it last forever. I don't know what those witches put in their brew, but I'll have another pint of it with great pleasure.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Stone Cold Killer
2. Leather
3. Rebel Goon Blues
4. The Mission
5. Seas of Shame
6. Eighty Miles Across the Sea
7. Dusk Till Dawn
8. Drunkmen Soul
9. Double Trouble

Duration : Approx. ?? minutes

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Reviewed on 2011-01-13 by Laurent Lignon
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