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Review: Arkham Witch - Get Thothed Vol. III
Arkham Witch
Get Thothed Vol. III

Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 50:09
Tracks: 6
Genre: Heavy/Doom

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: July 23, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Get Thothed Vol. III

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

So, this is the final third part in a series of EPs of UK Heavy/Doom Metal act Arkham Witch, playing songs of The Lamp of Thoth as covers. Playing covers is always a cool thing, but ultimately it doesn't carry you too far, I am afraid. However, it's a whole different thing when you end up playing covers of some obscure, hardly ever heard of band. Then the interest level obviously raises up drastically.

That's what Arkham Witch have chosen to do. To me the material of The Lamp of Thoth is well known; can't say I have really listened to them, so Arkham Witch's take on their songs is a good introduction to their material.

Musically, there are no surprises here. This is all about sounding as old school, proto-Doom Heavy Metal as possible, with a mysterious aura hanging above the songs. All the songs are lengthy except for the opener "Emperor of Dreams", which is less than five minutes in length. At best, and most ominous-reeking form they sound on such songs as "The Beast and the Black Art" and "Lord of the Midnight Hour", on which they use lots of repetitive, hypnotic riffs that go straight into the listener's mind. The creepy speech part in "Lord of the Midnight Hour", especially tends to send some chills down my spine. "This Wretched World Forlorn" wins the title of 'most Black Sabbath-esque' song, nicely reflecting the title track of Sabbath's debut album. Yeah, it's creepy and forming some black clouds on the horizon while the song develops further. "Wizard of the Gloves" is the album's grooviest and most riff-infested number; the kind of song that begs you to return back to it over and over again.

The EP closes with "The Marriage of the Ghouls", which is quite a storytelling and somehow beautifully creepy number. It starts out slow, but eventually ends up being the fastest number here (some riffs sound almost Running Wild-ish). Recommended.

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