Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, May 21, 2018

Closet Witch - S/T

Man - Halo Of Flies continue to knock it out of the park time and time again. Today they sent me the self titled debut LP from their dudes in Closet Witch. This is the sort of blaring and over the top grind that has made me fall in love with the genre. Say what you will but these Iowa grind freaks are tapped into something truly special. The Midwest has quite the grind scene burgeoning these days and its a lot of fun to sink your teeth into what it has to offer. Closet Witch is another potent example of the regions righteous anger.

With a perfect balance of high speed punk infused and adrenaline pumping crushers counterbalanced by moments of raw unadulterated heaviness, Closet Witch have put together an album that has flow. This is a record that bounces from peak to peak, it shows off all sides of what makes the band special and is indicative of their raw talent. It's rare to find an album in grindcore, especially a debut that is this cohesive. Frequently the raw simplicity of the music lends itself to more primitive album structures. The fact that this isn't the case serves to make it not just a fascinating listen but one which hints at great things to come.

When you need the sort of pure punk madness that only the underground can provide it's hard not to be charmed by what Closet Witch do. they are bringing us music that rips and roars its way through the scene. It crashes off of walls and smashes you in the face but seems to fight on regardless. This isn't just an assault on the senses, it's the sort of potent punishment and beautiful, almost transcendent violence that makes us remember why we fell in love with this music in the first place. Panicky, crazed and just a tad over the top Closet Witch is a banger for the modern age.

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