Witch Mountain offer up some relatively clean, star-gazing doom metal with the amazingly titled 'Mobile of Angels' -- is that like a mobile phone, a mobile home, or what? 'Mobile of Angels' has a few different sonic twists, but provides an overall elegiac sound compared to the doom metal that surrounds it. Gorgeous, uplifting vocal harmonies seep through the onslaught of sustained guitar chords and steady drumming -- the lead vocal itself recalls the way Thou's sinister doom metal classic 'Heathen' was counterbalanced with comforting, clean singing.
Vinyl LP £18.49 SVR328LP
Gatefold LP on Svart.
CD £11.49 SVR328
CD on Svart.
Vinyl LP £20.49 SVR328LPG
Swamp green coloured vinyl gatefold LP on Svart.
- Coloured vinyl
7/10 gbar 27th March 2017
In a way, Mobile of Angels doesn't seem to be as rooted in traditionalism than their previous one was. Not that the band didn't have its own originality beforehand, of course, since they had plenty but I feel the band really developed their sound to its peak on this album. The main idiosyncrasy is their singer, Uta Plotkin is once again delivering all the goods, she's even better than Santa Claus at her job. Her powerful vocals are equally bluesy and profound and she shines literally everywhere. I'll admit I'm not a big fan of her harsh vocals (only on one song, “Can't Settle”) but that's because we can't hear her beautiful cleans while she's doing them! I guess there's beauty in darkness and anger.
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