Saturday 4 May 2013

Space Witch - The Alchemy Paradox

The Alchemy Paradox - EP - 2013 cover art

Space Witch is an Space Rock/Stoner/Sludge Metal Band from Stoke On Trent, UK

The members are

Daz Rowlands - Guitar/FX (2007 - to date)
Ian Hickton - Bass (2012 - to date)
Dan Mansfield - Drums (2012 - to date)
Lee Bullock - Guitar (2013 - to date)
Peter Callaghan - Electronics (2013 - to date)

Space Witch are a band who I have been aware for a while now. I heard some of their stuff from a couple of years back and then nothing ever since. Until Now!!!

Space Witch are back with their new EP – The Alchemy Paradox – A 3 song and 32 minute blistering affair full of heavy long drawn out epic instrumental based Space Rock/Doom/Stoner Metal riffs. The Alchemy Paradox instantly draws you in with it’s sonic based cosmic riffage. It’s loud, heavy with an impending sense of eerie awe an wonder.

First track – Hang The Witch – is a 13-minute epic blending Sleep style Stoner Metal atmospherics with a sublime fuzz based vibe lurking in the background. The bass guitar is the main weapon of choice here as it’s the main focus with superb drumming driving the song through different layers of perfect audio noisy feedback.

Imagine Karma To Burn on an epic hazy doomy trippy ride and this should tell you all you need to know about Space Witch. They are truly a great band to check out within the UK Doom/Stoner Metal scene if you’re a fan of instrumental music.

Second Track – Cosmic Cauldron – is brilliantly titled. As it feels like the band are perfecting the most insane blend of Doom/Space Rock/Stoner Metal riffs your ever likely to hear this year. OK the guys play at a slow pace but it works in their favour. As you need to take your time listening to the excellent music on show. The song barely gets out of first gear in the first 6 mins or so. Though it’s still undeniably fuzzy and heavy to boot. Wait until the 7 minute mark where the band throw caution to the wind and start to have what feels like an impromptu jamming session. But it’s a brilliant track to check out over and over again.

Lastly but by no means least is probably my fave track on the EP – Black Pyramid. 6 mins of pure blissful sonic carnage. It shows Space Witch are right at home playing fast paced riffs compared to the earlier slow to mid tempo riffs. But this song has a lot of soul, which is very hard to resist. Some great riffs that show Space Witch are a very special band indeed. Even though there are no vocals there is still a cool story to tell done through the power of the almighty riff.

It takes a band with talent to make you feel emotionally involved with their music when they are relying on their music alone. But Space Witch have pulled off this big time.

The Alchemy Paradox is a stunning debut release that I urge you all to check out now. Definitely a band to keep an eye out for. Lets hope they don’t go an extended hiatus as before. You need this band in your life.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

You can buy The Alchemy Paradox from Space Witch BandCamp Page now.

If you want to see why all of us at Sludgelord rate these cosmic rockers so highly then headover to their BandCamp page and download their earlier releases for free. Brilliant stuff.

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