Scottish metal/doom rockers King Witch are just starting a promising intense music journey with the intriguing ideas and passionate approach of the debut full length “Under The Mountain”.
Surrounded by inspired somber atmospheres “Beneath The Waves” opens the album ensuring a solid doom core as guitars confidently build roaring riffs and hypnotic melodies shifting from wild grooves to darkened momentum while vocalist Laura Donnelly proves to be the star of the show offering a charismatic rock delivery.
On “Carnal Sacrifice” frenetic guitars unleash multiple massive rounds of heavy riffs contributing to the creation of a steady powerful groove that will require immediate headbanging and such high energy is certainly matched by Laura’s majestic vibrato.
The title track doesn’t waste any time as guitars hold again a crucial role following feverish rhythmic blasts to deliver a rich rhythmic backbone that fiercely channels classic metal flavors but will eventually embrace a slower ominous mood with a fair dosage of doom oriented melodies.
The introspective atmospheres of “Approaching The End” instantly evoke the tenebrous vibes of traditional doom metal as the whole instrumentation follow dramatically slower rhythms and the guitar solos crafts absolutely dismal tonalities while Laura’s cathartic performance will definitely impress the audience.
“Hunger” maintains a slower yet intensely heavy rhythmic ensemble as guitars smoothly blend classic doom riffage and bluesy melodic accents that will become particularly spacey in the sweet psychedelic tinged breakdown followed by a rightfully flamboyant rocking guitar solo.
Despite being a debut album “Under The Mountain” showcases truly mature musicianship & songwriting as King Witch definitely draws inspiration from the golden days of classic doom rock/metal yet ventures further to achieve a personal style.
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Washington based heavy rock trio Mos Generator returns with a powerful sonic trip filled with authentic ‘70s rock nuances on the latest effort “Shadowlands”.
The title track immediately channels the golden days of classic rock as the band jams wildly offering super tight guitar driven grooves and featuring some stoner metal oriented riffing galore but certainly doesn’t sacrifice a more somber melodic essence well expressed also by the passionate vocal delivery and the compelling melodic leads.
The acidic distortion of “The Destroyer” leads to a massive series of groovy guitar riffs and addictive leads within a quite frenetic rhythmic section while vocals acquire a dismal raucous delivery that perfectly matches the darker mood.
“Drowning In Your Loving Cup” still focuses on the creation of steady & catchy retro rock grooves as guitar riffs feel absolutely dominant and will lead to a bittersweet melodic chorus but the lead guitar work still pushes the fuzz pedal in proper stoner rock fashion.
“Gamma / Hydra” maintains a crunchy rhythm with undeniably powerful riffing but a profound sense of melancholy will ultimately take over influencing the rich lead guitar work which focuses on melodic phrases and interesting spacey progressions.
With dreamy tonalities and the expected generous dosage of trippy guitar work “The Wild & Gentle Dogs” will take on a wild ride where nostalgia and melancholy linger through the multifaceted instrumental passages as guitars confidently craft an overdose of heavy riffs but don’t refrain from delivering loads of kaleidoscopic melodies and warm vintage flavors shifting effortlessly from minimalist arpeggios to groovy flamboyant solos.
Overall, on the seventh full length “Shadowlands” Mos Generator successfully entertain lovers of vintage rock flavors staying true to a beloved classic formula full of catchy dynamics and loads of uptempo hooks.
New York-based psychedelic retro rock power trio The Golden Grass is ready to jam freely on the latest effort “Absolutely” so here is your chance to embrace this catchy retro rock music journey and simply have fun.
“Show Your Hand” immediately feels like a good nostalgic trip as a slightly funky rhythm and lovable bluesy guitars truly have a genuine retro sound and are busy concocting all kinds of good time rock grooves evoking a summer outdoor festival atmosphere.
With impressive and highly entertaining guitar work “Runaway” continues to craft super groovy moments blending variegated melodic classic rock flavors with uncomplicated fluidity and psychedelic accents aptly leading to dazed & confused vibes all over the song.
“Walk Along” starts with rather nostalgic vibes enhanced by bass & guitars phrases and in general holds a highly melodic soul but also offers some psychedelic almost surreal moments before returning to a proper rock party mood.
“The Spell” offers another healthy round of guitar driven grooves screaming retro rock with that particularly enjoyable vintage sound genuinely deprived of fancy modern special effects resulting in a fun & catchy tune embellished by kaleidoscopic guitar melodies.
“Out On The Road” has a charismatic trippy and slightly heavier approach that will ultimately lead to plenty of groovy dynamics focusing on spontaneous guitar driven jams but also features easy ‘sing-along’ choruses and memorable rocking guitar solos.
Channeling full blown retro rock and positive vibes The Golden Grass are always ready to jam with an authentic vintage spirit & sound and it would not be farfetched to believe that “Absolutely” could have been released in the ‘70s.