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Ghost Witch : Demo

If this release is just a demonstration, then Ghost Witch's full release will be something to watch out for.

At first glance, Ghost Witch is yet another Doom band that has insisted it put the word 'witch' in their name. Yet the album cover intrigued me, so I went in to the demo curious, and I wasn't disappointed. Ghost Witch has a sound like no other, one that leaves this two-song demo feeling far too short.

The opening track, 'Lunar Hymn', is a strong one. After its unnecessary forty-second intro of silence and white noise, a guitar fades in playing the main riff, and the momentous song takes off from there. Ghost Witch strikes a middle tempo, not playing slow, but not playing fast either, giving their approach to Doom a more energetic sound. The guitar tones are heavy, the bass, though not distinct, hums behind the chords in a fitting way, and the drums have a nice, natural ring to them; the instruments create a great bed for the vocals to lie in, vocals which are quite surprising upon their entrance.

Ghost Witch's singer doesn't have the type of voice you'd expect to hear from a Doom band, yet his soaring melodies are just the touch the riffs need to distinguish the band as an efficient group, one that doesn't waste any aspect of their sound. The vocals are high pitched and nasal toned—oddly reminding me of emo and pop punk bands—and given just the right amount of reverb in the mix. They sound distant, the words a little drowned out, but they fit the arrangement perfectly. The lyrics, when they can be heard clearly, are beautifully fatalistic, such as 'Andromadonna's closing chorus line, "how slowly I slip into failure".

Unfortunately, the second track doesn't hit quite as hard as the first, but this is to complain that gold is followed by silver. The two tracks are strong, distinct, and only interrupted by those pesky white noise interludes. Though it is short, Ghost Witch's demo serves to show us that if this release is just a demonstration, then the full release, whenever it comes, is something to watch out for.

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Reviewer's rating: 9/10


Tracklist :
1. Lunar Hymn
2. Andromadonna

Duration : Approx. 12 minutes

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Reviewed on 2016-08-11 by Alex Drozd
Thermal Mass
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