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UK doom metal trio Witchsorrow churn out a five-track eponymous offering that embraces traditional genre nuances set forth by bands like St. Vitus, Black Sabbath, and Cathedral. Employing a mid-tempo pace for a majority of the disc while keeping the riffs sloshing in a molasses-like lava (“Gomorrah”), this unit lays down thick walls of sound reverberating with haunting echoes while a crushing rhythm section keeps the mood ominous (“Thou Are Cursed”). Witchsorrow run their gloom and doom machine simple and clean, emanating chilling tones and a forlorn sense of dread with every faraway vocal and deliberate cymbal strike, eschewing modern advances for the sinewy slow crawl feel of bands like Candlemass and Trouble.
- Mike SOS