Come with me now on a journey into the dark side of the blues! Self described by the band as “Doom/Metal/Blues”, ‘Witch Mountain‘ go to the places other bands tremble to set a foot. With a mix of genres they really have this style of music not just pinned down, but hammered to the ground with twelve inch nails using a sledge hammer! Pretty much ‘doom metal blues’ at the near pinnacle of the mountain, great vocals, stunning drum work with plenty of improvisation, base lines to die for and a lead guitarist who could stand shoulders high with any past rock veterans.
From the first beat on the first track of this CD, I knew I was in for a real treat with this new album. I didn’t expect my reaction, and was a little shocked to be honest as doom is not really my thing, but I do truly believe I’ve just been converted!! Uta Plokin has one of those unique dreamy dusky voices that fit this style perfectly. She’s one of only two recent ladies who for me make my spine tingle in the right way ( Elin Larsson of Blues Pills being the other ) and put me under their spell when they perform. The constant intertwining of bass guitar Charles Dingus and percussion Nathan Carson really give the songs the back bone they need to make some stunning pieces of work. Nothing is taken to the limit, what I mean by this is their not in competition to see who can belt out the biggest noise. The guys really work it well together, which is what you need with this kind of rock, just enough to let you hear what you need to but not overpowering either the lead guitar or vocalist. A drummer friend of mine from a well known rock group recently said “the drummer is there to keep time and keep the whole thing together, not go off on a manic solo mission”! Well here we have a prime example of just what he meant, and a real lesson in how to do it right!
Now I could start banging on at this stage about all the twiddly twiddles and twists, the riffs and licks and all the “cool” techno wordy words that we’re all supposed to spout like some demented guy who’s just swallowed a public library! But for a change this time I’m not going to! So just for a moment sit back, turn out all the lights, and listen to a superb band give a lesson in true doom blues metal!
If your still not convinced about this band, then your now not reading this!! As for those fans who made it this far, and those of you who are now ‘new fans’ of Witch Mountain, welcome to my world brothers and sisters.
I really need to say that every track on this amazing album was just a pure and refreshing change to hear something really original. Did I tell you that Uta’s voice was great? Yes? Oh well, never mind, it’s not. It’s fantastic!!!! Also I’ve not mentioned until now, but lastly is the outstanding lead guitar work of Rob Wrong. Two right’s don’t make a wrong, but this Wrong has it so right he can stand alone as one of rocks supremo guitarists. Again, nothing is so over played that it makes you cringe and want it to end. Rob just plays the lead with a precise controlled and intelligent manner befitting to this exceptional world class band. I really can’t wait to see them all play a live gig, a band like this should be the head liners not a support group, I believe they really are that good and I’m sure they could fill a stadium never mind a room! Your thoughts are welcome!
Uta Plotkin (Vocals)
Rob Wrong (Guitar)
Nathan Carson (Percussion)
Charles Dingus (Bass)
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