WITCHSORROW - God Curse Us All

Witchsorrow - God Curse Us All

7 songs
55:49 minutes
***** ***
Rise Above


Two years ago, British doom trio Witchsorrow left quite an impression with their self-titled debut album. Now they are back with the follow-up God Curse Us All, and it is clear from the onset that they haven’t been idling. The main recipe is still the same: late Seventies doom metal in the vein of Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus, but it seems that they have been honing their skills. On the predecessor, they offered five long tracks. This time we get seven, although one of them is only a short instrumental, and another (Breaking The Lore) sees the band successfully trying their hands on a mid-tempo doom rocker.

The remaining five tracks are all between eight and twelve minutes, and devote most of their time to slo-mo doom patterns the way we have come to expect from this band. But not everything is snail-paced here. In fact the musicians start their songs like typical doom metal tracks, but then add some punch later on. This is especially noticeable on the first two tracks, Aurora Atra and God Curse Us, which make for a perfect entry into the record. The following Masters Of Nothing is a little longer and sees the band and their sludgiest. The two minute instrumental Ab Antiquo doesn’t add much in value but should be considered something like the half-time break in a football match. The second half of the album contains the two only ten-minute-plus tracks Megiddo and Den Of Serpents, separated by the aforementioned Breaking The Lore.

Witchsorrow don’t try to reinvent themselves on their sophomore effort, but also fortunately are not simply doing exactly the same they did on the debut. Nowadays there are so many kinds of doom metal around (funeral doom, doom death, sludge doom,…), that it is quite a pleasure to come around a bunch of artists that still play the genre the way it was intended in the first place. Fans of bleak, gloomy metal will rejoice!

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