Witchden – Consulting The Bones
This band from Minneapolis has escaped my notice until relatively recently so it’s high time that I review their debut full-length album that was released last year on Zerobudget Records. Consulting The Bones is filled with nine tracks of heavy, angry sludge metal delivered with density strong enough to melt your speakers. Crude, heavy riffs chug along at the speed of Crowbar while singer Jason Micah howls and screams with anguished intensity. There’s enough variation and twists on the riffs to keep things interesting and prevent each song from sounding redundant. Although Witchden falls outside of the stoner metal camp, there’s clearly some influences from bands like Melvins, Eyehategod, and Nebula. Not too many bands play this style of raw, uncompromising sludge and Witchden are well-poised to make an impact. Consulting The Bones may not be for everyone, but it’s a solid debut. This is a band to watch out for, so get out and catch one of the many local shows if you have the chance.