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Witchfinder 'Hazy Rites' Album Review by Allyson Kingsley

Witchfinder

Hazy Rites

Black Bow Records

Release: April 1, 2019

Album Review by Allyson Kingsley, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

Band Members
Tom - drums
Clement - bass/vocals
Stan - guitar

 

This is my winter of doom and I don't mean depression. I have spent most of my winter months exploring this genre to the maximum degree possible as Boston Rock Radio prepares for coverage of the New England Stoner and Doom Fest. I can't get enough of it and yet again, I get another surprise to add to my library as Witchfinder meandered into my emails.

Witchfinder are from my fatherland of France and Hazy Rites is their 2nd LP. After a stint with Witchthroat Serpent in October 2017, they graced stages with Stonebirds in May 2018 and toured all over France. ‚Äč Witchfinder has also shared the stage with the likes of ConanMonolordKadavarThe Flying EyesHangman’s Chair, and The Necromancers. They blend an addictive mixture of stoner, sludge, groove and doom that sounds both 70s Sabbath-like as well as modern. 

Most of the songs on Hazy Rites follow the doom template, with strong results, but Witchfinder do change things up on a few numbers. “Covendoom” is pure doom, eerie and ponderous, and at nine and a half minutes, it builds and builds to a noisy climax before grinding to a halt. “Dans l’Instant ” slows things down with more moodiness, reminding me of Sinistro at first before the big guitars crunch in.  Songs “Satan's Haze” and “Wild Trippin” are amazingly hard, with fantastic riffs (have I mentioned the riffs yet?) and groovy, heavy rhythms.  Every song here either rocks hard, dooms hard, or at least contains nuggets of stoner, doom, and/or prog brilliance. It is a little masterpiece.

 

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