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Witchthroat Serpent – Witchthroat Serpent


Last Updated on 07:10 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Doom/Sludge
Country: France
Label: Deadlight Entertainment
Year: 2014

The first time I listened to this album I thought that I had accidentally put Electric Wizard on the stereo. I checked the CD and I made sure that I was listening to Witchthroat Serpent’s debut album. My next move was to check on the internet to see if Jus Oborn by Electric Wizard made a guest appearance on vocals. That wasn’t the case either. So I kept listening to see where this band was going at with it. And as it turned out, they are going to be nominated for the “Clone of the year” award. Just kidding.

The similarities in the music didn’t bother me that much. After all, most of the new coming bands that play doom/sludge are more or less influenced by Electric Wizard. And that’s something that is normal and totally understandable. What did bother me was Fredrik Bolzann’s voice because he imitates Jus Oborn in way that suggests he has a better chance of making a career as an impersonator rather than one as a singer.

I think that Witchthroat Serpent are better than this. They seem to know the secrets of how to play this specific kind of music and they have written some pretty damn good riffs. “Gospel of the witches” is a kick-ass song actually. But what’s the point? I’ve listened to this album three times and every single time it made me want to listen to Electric Wizard afterwards. To be honest I don’t think I’ll ever listen to it again. I prefer the “original version”.

In my opinion the band has to make a choice. On the one hand they can start a cover band. I would be more than willing to buy a ticket and enjoy my beer while listening to them covering Electric Wizard’s songs. On the other hand they can change their vocals and try to work on their sound in order to be a bit more original. One thing is for sure thought. There is no point in them releasing another album like this one in the future. For all of you that are addicted to Electric Wizard and this year’s “Time to Die” just wasn’t enough, this album is recommended as a substitute.

P.S.1: Even if this review was about Electric Wizard, I wouldn’t have to mention their name so many times.

P.S.2: I have put the following link just in case someone thinks I’m exaggerating. Make up your own mind.


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