"Cauldron of the Wild" (Profound Lore; 2012)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


After a lengthy absence and a major lineup switch, Witch Mountain have finally found their retro gloomy groove on their third album, the six-track excursion "Cauldron of the Wild."

This female-fronted Portland-based quartet drop dollops of dreary doom metal down the hatch (“Shelter”) while adroitly executing dramatic songwriting with an emphasis on building and falling dynamics (“Aurelia”) to create a unmistakably ballsy and authentically bluesy heavy experience.

Chock full of raw protometal power, mesmerizing vocals courtesy of the scintillating, operatically-trained pipes of newest member (and gamechanger) Uta Plotkin, and a collection of viscous rhythms and snarling riffs masterfully woven together, Witch Mountain possess a genuine oppressive nature and superb composition skills that any doom fan will fawn over.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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