Release Date: Oct 20, 2017
Record label: Profound Lore
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Doom Metal
Seattle doom metal duo Bell Witch's first two albums engaged fearlessly with themes of death and transience. Their 2015 release Four Phantoms even got into the grisly details, envisioning ghosts dying for all eternity by each of the four elements: buried alive in earth, burnt at the stake, drowning in a river, and falling into winds so harsh they tear the skin off the dead. That album's fantastical details and grandiose scope painted death as something inevitable, but easier to imagine as a fable than as reality.
Pendulum, Silent gavel (of time)” – Adrien Guerra, “Words of the Dead,” Mirror Reaper B ell Witch’s 2012 debut, Longing, was a vigorously slow-burning album that counterposed airy doom tones and heavy-landing melodies against a distant, shadowy landscape of solemn drumming. Longing gestured toward the ground and our inevitable reunion with it, but it also pointed ahead, its rumbling guitars drafting a contract that would be signed by 2015’s Four Phantoms. That album not only saw the music of Dylan Desmond (bass) and Adrien Guerra (drums) come into a stunningly coherent maturity, but it also ushered in a colossal sense of funereal drama that pushed Bell Witch to the head of the contemporary doom metal pack.