Forget about the Wizard, Welcome to a Wiccan Coven !
How is the sound ?
Kult Of The Wizard started as a trio playing heavy and slow riffs, with some appeal to sludge fans, that reminds me of Grimpen Mire or Bongripper. For this album, their third one, they welcome aboard Ms. Mahle Roth as vocalist and I must say they made an impressive improvement compared with their previous efforts. Now the atmosphere is more doom oriented with a stoner vibe and occultish lyrics.
With Roth handling the vocals, Kult Of The Wizard instantly becomes part of a global movement that apparently has grown very strong in the last years: female fronted doom/stoner bands. But don’t be fooled, this is a movement very strong in the underground global scene that has his roots from decades ago, in the famous Coven’s album “Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaped Souls” and, of course, the work and appeal of Jinx Dawson as their frontwoman. In this sense, the band carries with pride this amazing legacy.
The album starts with the incredible “Tusk of Mammoth”, an invitation to bang your head with some heavy riffs and pounding drums. Behind that, a chanting emerges as an invocation to put a spell on the listener. On this one, Mahle open her soul and sings with tons of anger and fury… Remember, a mammoth is crushing us! With this impressive opener, you can notice the band has become stronger and better since their debut EP (The Red Wizard) where their guitarist Aaron Hodgson handled the vocals.
With “Olde Fashioned Black Magik” the band takes a look at the past, and plays some retro doom that reminds me of Black Sabbath and Trouble. “Plasma Pool” is a short noise/ambient piece that can be seen as a bridge to the strongest part of this album.
The next track, “Black Moon” is a doomy piece full of heavy blues elements, the lyrics refer to pagan and occult themes, and for me, this is the best track of the album. For the finale, the band offers you another slow and heavy/doomy song full of an imagery of occultism in “Devil Delight”.
At this point, my advice to you is: Beware of the darkness; after you finish this album, you will have probably fully embraced it !
Why is this album worth listening ?
- Because is a good soundtrack to a Wicca reunion.
- It’s a perfect blend of doom, stoner, noise and heavy blues.
- Every time you listen this EP it gets bigger and bigger, such huge thing that overshadows other female fronted efforts.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
- Alone in your room with the lights out, a lit candle and a cup of red wine.
- Reading some stories by Edgar Allan Poe.
- Invoking ancient spirits.
Something particular to note ?
- It’s a fine example of a band evolving in its sound for good.
- If you prefer buying physical format, the cd is available in their Big Cartel shop.
For Fans Of
Lucifer, Windhand, Blood Ceremony, Jex Thoth, Avatarium
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