Australian trio Witchskull is eager to spread massive doom grooves worldwide with the sophomore release “Coven’s Will” which sees the band raising the bar to confidently deliver strong songwriting and skillful musicianship.
The album opener “Raven” is rightfully packed with loud groovy guitar riffs blending catchy rock nuances and hints of traditional doom despair which leads to the creation of a high impact track featuring also sensational vocals.
“Son Of The Snake” revolves around tight rhythmic segments featuring a super thick bass backbone that works harmoniously with the omnipresent heavy doom guitar riffs while the leads channel a somber melodic mood enhanced by the compelling vocal duet with Erica Stoltz and ultimately reach a spontaneous charismatic acme of the guitar solo.
“Demon Cage” is simply wild and a bit hellish with a serious dosage of heavy riffage and solo acrobatics that don’t need special effects or exaggerated speed to induce instant headbanging as a thunderous rhythmic section fiercely maintains a nightmarish groove.
The fascinating darkness of “Lord Of The Void” will prevail through a chunky ensemble of melodic hooks and blistering guitar riffs that surround the hypnotic lead guitar work while vocals follow the moody inflamed rhythm with exceptionally fervent delivery.
“The Empty Well” is the song that truly screams doom from beginning to end drawing inspiration from the darkest depths of metal with a taste for all things sinister and an impending armageddon as irresistible galloping guitar riffs nicely build a strong groove in the middle of dramatically slower monolithic guitar work and diabolical vocals.
The music journey of Witchskull is still at the early stages but “Coven’s Will” has a mature sound capable to channel the authentic vibes and raw power of classic doom metal.