As The Crow Flies

April 12, 2017


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Listen to Black Tremor / Sea Witch

The Pitch: Two very talented, textured Canadian instrumental doom bands for the price of one: Black Tremor and Sea Witch  via Hypnotic Dirge Records. FFO Downfall of Nur, Crown, Thera Roya

What I Like: This split is more than just your average doom metal.  Like I said, it's very "textured" and has some subtle intricacies that really carried my attention.  You've got your familiar bass guitar reverberations and T Rex-sized chord sustains, but there's a ton of atmosphere as well.  Haunting, effects-laden guitar leads drift in the background like an ominous mist.  Black Tremor throws in some jazzy drums and bass grooves, as well some tension-building (and also lush) strings.  It's doom, it's progressive, it's post-metal and even a little touch of folk. 

What I Don't Like: Very little, which says a lot considering my larger opinions regarding doom metal.  There's room for compositional growth, but I'm pretty satisfied.

The Verdict: Especially given the lack of vocals, I am impressed with how immersive and engaging this music is.  It's a contemplative early morning walk through a brisk fog; street lights still shining.  Beautiful melancholy.

Flight's Fav's: As The Crow Flies Part One, Hexus Part One