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Witch Mountain : Homegrown Doom EP

Witch Mountain back in 2000 may be young, relatively speaking, but the music on this demo is as if contemporary to the oldschool doomsters of the 70's.

Witch Mountain used three years to record and release this demo, but the reception it received proved the time to be well spent. Rage of Achilles re-released 'Homegrown Doom' within the very same year as the demo itself and the praises did not wait either. I have yet to find a single negative review of it and I have used half an hour trying to find one. My own review will also, hopefully, portray just how satisfied I am with it, and thus join the ranks of the positive feedback. Witch Mountain have clearly struck some sort of doomy precious metal vein.

I guess you could call this "vein of precious (doom) metal" an oldschool doom revival which sounds impressively contemporary to Black Sabbath and Pentagram, and the music of this demo lies particularily close to the latter. At the same time I would emphasise that when I say "contemporary" I am carefully and purposefully avoiding to label them a copycat band. It's not just that they add some punkish aggression to their otherwise laid back classical doom riffage, and it is not their fancy of the occational artistic jamming playfulness, it is the very soul of the band that sets them apart. They master the genre as if they created it themselves and the atmosphere of the music feels so uniquely theirs. I expect there are hundreds of thousands of oldschool fans who have been waiting for just that kind of band. No wonder the praises.

This is the kind of music whose groove makes you wish you had long hair (or praise your good fortunes that you're fortunate enough to have just that). It's the kind of metal which makes you want to learn to play the guitar while it remains simple enough that you could use their notes to tentatively pluck your first chords. It's the kind of music where you needn't really pay attention to the lyrics to enjoy it, yet if you gather a couple of guys with a six pack of beer each and then insist on spinning just Witch Mountain disks all night then each one of them will be hoarse by the morning. Basically it's what 'Paranoid' and 'Iron Man' achieved when first released, and that is saying quite a lot.

I believe that 'Homegrown Doom' is a demo/EP which would please many amongst both fans of classic doom and fans of grooving oldschool rock. A truly worthy revival.

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Reviewer's rating: 10/10


Tracklist :
1. Indian Passage
2. Foxy Mule
3. Victim of Chord Changes
4. Iron Long (Pt I)
5. Iron Long (Pt II)

Duration : Approx. 25 minutes

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Reviewed on 2015-03-17 by Arnstein H. Pettersen
Rotten Copper
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