Thursday, April 20, 2017

SPACE WITCH - Arcanum review


HeviSike Records

According to the promo info "SPACE WITCH are a psychedelic stoner/doom band that draw on influences from 70's prog and psychedelia." My opinion, they're a sludgy version of HAWKWIND which as we all know has been done ten to fifteen times over already. This is what I like to call mood music so the first time I listened to this I was in the mood to shave, shit and shower. When I got done the first song was still playing. 

I think if you're into the whole sludgy space rock sort of thing then you won't go wrong with this one. SPACE WITCH, who've been around since 2007, hail from England yeah go figure right? A nation which has a history of launching a thousand ships and yet can't even launch a satelite. But hey they gave us PINK FLOYD and HAWKWIND (aka: PINK FLOYD lite). Anyways on Arcanum these English space cadets drag out four long cuts of tripped out, sonically heavy handed, galactic stoner jams. 

The previously refered to opener "Cosmonoid" is an instrumental and in a word, monolific. The thing starts out early FLOYD like, as if you're floating in space then slowly gets heavy when the guitar and bass sink in the sonic riffage. Best part is that the song just grows and grows in power then finishes of as a raging jam with keyboards taking on the lead work. "Astro Genocide" follows up but with a more evil, crunchy groove also we finally get to hear some vocals about 2/3rds of the way in. More like shouts at first and some spoken word rhetoric.

The third cut on here, "‘Hex" is like a massive opus suited for the coming of a gigantic demi-god. The fourth and final cut on here, "‘Battle Hag", starts out like another god-like enterance music saga but slowing turns to the closing soundtrack to some really bad 80's sci-fi flick that you would see on the Comet channel. Fine by me because in the long run because SPACE WITCH will put a cosmic spell upon you.

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