Creating a dark, heavy, and yet tranquil atmosphere, Bell Witch are quintessential Funeral Doom, and that without guitars. All their albums are, while slightly varying in tone and atmosphere, masterpieces of the sub-genre.
This album is massive and absolutely drenched in Bell Witch's unique, haunting atmosphere. A doom band that can't be matched.
Favorite track: Suffocation, A Drowning: II - Somniloquy (The Distance Of Forever).
Seattle funeral/death doom duo BELL WITCH (comprised only of bass, drums, and vocals) made a massive impact in the doom metal scene with their debut album “Longing” (which followed their cult demo that had already generated buzz for the band) which was hailed as one of 2012’s best doom metal releases, even though it was released late in the year, in Nov of said year. With the momentum for the band carrying on, the duo would tour extensively (in North America and Europe) in support of “Longing”, continuing to build more awareness in the scene.
Their anticipated new album, “Four Phantoms” (which was recorded and engineered by the legendary and respected Billy Anderson; Agalloch, Pallbearer, Leviathan, Neurosis, Red House Painters etc.) is BELL WITCH’s most crushing and most moving work yet. With a more honed focus on song structure and more intricate composition, all while taking their sound even further in the soul crushing heaviness realm, “Four Phantoms” (which once again features a guest lead vocal appearance by Aerial Ruin sole mastermind Erik Moggridge on the “Somniloquy” track) is a doom metal triumph for the ages, an album that will go down as one of doom metal’s most triumphant moments of the year with a milestone that no other band in the genre can parallel.
released April 28, 2015
Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Billy Anderson at Type Foundry and Everything HZ.
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
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What an exceptional release. I'm not generally a fan of funeral paced stuff but the sonic quality of this makes it a very enjoyable experience indeed. A real beauty that I imagine will be admired for years to come. MrGladstone
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Little Rocks Pallbearer have truly build the Foundations of Burden and it's structure is glorious. One of my favorite bands currently.
No digital copy with my vinyl, fixed now. Abnormal Listening Habits
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Answers the question of where Krallice would go after "Years Past Matter." Completely unclassifiable, the songs are simultaneously compact and complex. The playing and musicanship is breathtaking... "Wastes of Ocean" into "Over Spirit" being a prime example. It must also be said that Mick Barr is a badass motherfucker all over this album. "Agony in collective ignorance/Called upon by thyself/Thyself being a part of all life/In the sickness/Quarantined in pure paranoia" Pretty prophetic, right? bcb723