Witch (Jpn)


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Review Text Many admirers of '80s-era indie rock will always consider Dinosaur Jr. to be toward the top of the heap -- thanks to such classic releases as 1987's You're Living All Over Me and 1988's Bug. However, guitarist J Mascis always was a classic rocker at heart -- his melodic yet fuzzy solos were equal parts Neil Young and Ace Frehley. So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Mascis' early-21st century side project Witch could easily be mistaken for a heavy metal release -- in the Black Sabbath mold. The only thing is, Mascis does not play guitar on their 2006 self-titled debut, as he returns to his first instrument, drums. But Mascis assembled quite a rockin' cast around him -- his longtime pal Dave Sweetapple (bass), as well as Kyle Thomas (vocals) and Asa Irons (guitar) from the New England-based "avant folk" band Feathers. What you get is an incredibly raw, doom metal-esque release (certainly not the kind of "modern-day metal" you'll find on MTV or radio), which is chock-full of simply ripping leads from Irons. As with most bands of this genre, tight song structures take a back seat to demonic-sounding jams, including such standouts as the album opening "Seer" and "Hand of Glory" -- the latter of which kicks off with a riff that sounds as if it's processed through a transistor radio. Doom metal fans will certainly approve of Witch's self-titled debut, and will probably be shocked to learn that the longtime leader of Dinosaur Jr. is keeping the beat. ~ Greg Prato

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Seer
  2. 2. Soul of Fire
  3. 3. Black Saint
  4. 4. Changing
  5. 5. Rip Van Winkle
  6. 6. Hand of Glory
  7. 7. Isadora
  8. 8. Rip Van Winkle

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