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Review: King Witch - Under the Mountain
King Witch
Under the Mountain

Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 43:21
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy/Doom

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 11, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Under the Mountain

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

King Witch is a Scottish band that came into existence in 2015 and after a well-received EP that year, signed a deal with Listenable Records and in 2018 we have their debut, Under the Mountain. Musically, King Witch play doomy heavy metal that aligns with bands like Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus, but there are hints of Sabbath and even Led Zeppelin drifting in and out of the album. Singer Laura Donnelly has a booming voice full of the emotional depth good doom metal needs to sell the gloomy atmospheres of the songs. There's a good range of tempos, from the mid-tempo riff-fest "Beneath the Waves" to the slower, bluesy, Zeppelin-esque "Ancients" but it is when the band lets it rip that you can really feel their power. "Carnal Sacrifice" is heavy and bombastic but my favorite track by far is "Under the Mountain." A savage riff and blistering drums provide Donnelly with a perch from which to wail, and wail she does. I just keep hitting repeat when this one ends. Heavy/doom fans should not miss Under the Mountain and King Witch should be on everyone's watch list.

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