SATANIC WITCH
4:44
(Ván Records)
48:06min

SATANIC WITCH consists mainly of the two female singers of E-L-R and the string section of WOLVENNEST. If you are aware the two bands, you can guess what “4:44” sounds like: relying more on atmosphere and mood and less on musical finesse, this debut offers a gloomy mix of Black Metal, Darkwave, simple Electro and Post-Rock. In its best moments, the album is as enchanting and enrapturing as a good E-L-R song, but it also has the sinister and wicked vibe of WOLVENNEST’s best songs. SATANIC WITCH focus on the Black Metal above all else, with the vehement “Mirror Hour”; comprising frozen tremolo guitars, howling harsh vocals (they sound like on GEHENNA’s “First Spell” EP), and gloomy echoing bells, the atmosphere here is bleak and remains so as it slows down and becomes doomier in its closing minutes. Well, every so often, an album comes along that is so impressive and stands out from the pack for all the best reasons, that it’s almost a certainty that the band that made it will ascend to a bigger prominence. It remains to be hoped that SATANIC WITCH, despite their rather flat band name, will come to these honours. I can’t get enough of listening to this excellent album. www.facebook.com/satanicwitch.444, www.facebook.com/vanrecords

Jarne Brauns

Jarne Brauns

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