Out of the Shallow
EARTH WITCH

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4.25 | 2 ratings | 1 review
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Album · 2017

Filed under Stoner Metal

Tracklist

1. Guts (2:59)
2. Starfighter (4:57)
3. Lovecraft (3:45)
4. Butterfly (6:04)
5. Riff Rider (4:29)
6. Green Torch (3:27)
7. Mermaid (4:30)
8. Pilgrim (4:30)
9. Earth Witch (6:26)

Total time 41:07

Line-up/Musicians

- Ivan Catron / Guitars, Vocals
- Derrin Coad / Bass, Vocals
- Nathan Landolt / Drums

About this release

Album art by David Paul Seymour, with the logo and additional layout by Mike Tirehaus.
All recording, mixing and mastering by Brandon Carnes at Southtown Studios.

Released March 10, 2017

Limited edition cassette released with 100 copies.

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Vim Fuego
Metal Music Archives Reviewers' Challenge December 2017

A big problem with a lot of stoner metal is that the band gets too carried away with the stoner part and forgets the fucking metal. Not Earth Witch.

There’s plenty of Iommi/Butler/Ward worship going on here, but thankfully these guys realised it’s not compulsory to have an Osbourne too to make fucking great music. Too often stoner and doom bands ruin a perfectly good bedrock foundation by trying to top it with a screechy, tuneless Ozzy impersonator. There’s only one Ozzy, and a few good Ozz-like acolytes, and trying to create one is pointless. If you’re not born with the pipes and the moves, you’re out of luck.

So… If you want some hard assed, spazzed out stoner-not-stoned metal with riffs and grooves coming out the ass, Earth Witch is the band for you. “Lovecraft” is an outstanding rocker, cranking up the tempo, and features the rocking sort of riff 1972 was famous for. “Butterfly” is mellower, a bit of a comedown from the frenzy of the previous track. Unlike many blissed out THC tripping songs though, this track doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, and has the decency to eventually start abusing the amplifiers again.

This isn’t quite as hard and heavy as High On Fire or recent offerings from Electric Wizard, but for someone coming from a straightforward rock or metal background, it’s a reasonably gentle introduction to the genre. When I say gentle though, remember this is still fucking metal! There’s also a deep vein of blues influence flowing through this album. Check the intro to “Green Torch” for some bluesy string bending goodness, and the main riff and leads in “Mermaid”. Sure it’s a mutant kind of blues, but then that’s where ye olde metal originally came from.

Ultimately, “Out of the Shallow” offers enough fire and fury to keep metal fans interested, and provides enough of a demonstration of stoner metal’s potential to encourage further explanation. It never falls into that old trap of becoming boring for a non-weed addled mind, while also retaining enough of the psychedelic and hallucinogenic to satisfy those in a chemically altered state of mind.

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