Don't let the generic name fool you. This debut full-length from Scotland's King Witch kicks ass. No, they aren't forging a new style that will be mimicked for decades to come. What they do is ride the line between trad metal and doom in a way that is damn compelling. While the whole band is competent, their biggest assets are the commanding and powerful voice of Laura Donnelly and the skillful, rich-toned guitar work of Jamie Gilchrist. This album's appeal is similar to that of Death Penalty's 2014 debut, with a smart mix of trad metal hooks and doom heft. The tempo is often well above the crawling pace of much doom (particularly on the title track and the jagged riff monster "Posession"). They slow down and mellow out a bit in the album's middle, but even that (minus "Ancients") is liberally peppered with power chords. A nice kick in the pants.
Recommended for fans of: Groovy, doomy traditional metal in general