Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, April 17, 2020

Witch Ward - Sacrificial Monolith

Underground black metal collides with punk on Witch Ward's latest offering Sacrifical Monolith. This is an absolutely masterful record that revels in sheer noise and conveys a certain rawness that ensures the record remains virile and exciting. The group blast forward without a care in the world, and yet somehow they manage to hold it together for the ten minutes of this EP. When it comes down to it what more could you ask for from a wild ass metal punk record? It's supposed to be dangerous and over the top!

The sense of chaos that you feel in a track like 'Orbital Devourment' is wonderfully palpable. It's easy to get lost in the bleak magic of these five tracks, as they take you on a whirlwind journey through what the band has to offer. Careening forward on the backs of hell stallions violent and free it's hard not to be charmed by the back to the basics crunch of the band. The screeching guitars on a track like 'Selective Extinction' provide a certain harrowing madness to the whole affair, suggesting a band just as enamored with Slayer as they are with Darkthrone. It gives you a lot to sink your teeth in, even as the general noisiness beats you over the head.

Sacrificial Monolith is a thriller. It's a record that executes simple ideas in the loudest and most abrasive way possible - and that's why I like it so much. This isn't an album for normal people nor does it claim to be. In fact much of Sacrificial Monolith seems designed to be inaccessible. A sort of sneering 'fuck you' to those who have not given their lives to all that is heavy. This is a wild and manic record, one you won't soon forget and one that has me continually enamored with the insanity of it all.

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