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Review: Witch Mountain - South of Salem
Witch Mountain
South of Salem

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 38:29
Tracks: 6
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: April 5, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
South of Salem

Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)

Witch Mountain play a smoke-hazed brand of doom metal with a dusty layer of archaic occultism deeply routed into the sound. This is their second full-length album, which dropped ten years after their debut and is available via the band's Bandcamp page for the price of however you deem fit, which is cool, and I would say South of Salem is totally worth at least a few of your well-earned notes.

The band's singer Uta Plotkin is a true talent, with a powerful voice sounding like a bizarre cross between Dio and Alannah Myles, with a warm tone and perfect for the slow and pounding backdrop the rest of the band presents. There's of course plenty of Sabbath influence to be had, which is hardly shocking considering this is doom. The riffs have a southern twinge to them, and I would say this boasts as much appeal to doom fans as it does to those of stoner rock. The lead guitar work is well done, and the tone has that vintage feel.

Tracks such as "Wing of the Lord" and "Hare's Stare" would make for suitable tunes to check out, although given the fact you can pay as little as you like for this album I'd suggest checking out the whole thing. At just under forty minutes it's hardly a massive investment of your time, and if you're at all a fan of 70's-style doom I think you'll find something to love here. Recommended.

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