Heavy Psych Sounds is one of my favorite labels going and everything they put out tends to be at least a little bit magical. Such is the case with Ouija the latest from Dead Witches. Though you may initially, liked me, have been turned off by the corniness of the album title and band name there is something strangely attractive about the demented cover art, hinting that what lies within is a noble step forward in the realms of doom metal magic. The reassuring drone and ethereal vocals that define Ouija prove that the art is completely on point.
It's easy to lose yourself in the pulse of Dead Witches. They pump forward and tear the listener apart, chord by screaming chord. There is a certain warmth to the guitar tone here that makes Dead Witches wonderfully listenable, there is something almost mesmerizing about how they seep forward and wind their way into your heart. Dead Witches may be steeped in Electric Wizard and Pentagram worship but they seem to be totally self aware and in love with it. In these days of holier than thou music tastes it's nice to find a band who wear their influences on their sleeves and sometimes fall out of pitch - it only adds to the magic.
Ouija is an album that is going to keep your head in a dark and nihilistic place. The fatalistic rhythm section and the fuzzed out guitar solos act as a testament to a band who have mastered the doom polemic. High pitched vocals with balls behind them define an album that seems content to wallow in the murk and maybe drag you in. It should come as no surprise that Mark Greening, formerly of Electric Wizard is actually in this band - but as we dive further into the void we can't help but to fall in love.
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