Thursday 26 June 2014

All The Witches' Day Compilation - Review

All The Witches' Day Doom/Stoner/Sludge compilation cover art

Album Type: Compilation Album
Date Released: June 06th 2014
Label: Trip Thru Records

All The Witches' Day Doom/Stoner/Sludge compilation - track listing:

01 Nepenthes (Japan) - No Reason Why (New song)
02 Acid Deathtrip (Netherlands) – Deathtrip (New song)
03 Royal Mercy(Thailand) - Tim Tang (New song)
04 Starve(Netherlands) – Shady (New song)
05 Amber VialJapan- Other Side Escape (New song)
06 GuevnnaJapan - Hidden Bodies (New song)
07 Conan(UK) - Beheaded
08 The Oracle(US) – Excommunicated (New song)
09 Ides of Gemini(US) - Starless Midnight
10 Zothique(japan) - Amoy (New song)


From wide variety of Doom/Stoner/Sludge scene, total 10 bands participated from Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Thailand . DVD includes live and music videos.

Acid Deathtrip (Netherlands)

Acid Deathtrip are formed by full of “veterans” of the extreme HC/Grind/Metal Underground scene. bands like : Insult, Bile, Mangled, Collision, HSML, The Bastards, Suppository, Blind to Faith, Skullhog, Starve and Left For Dead (Can.) Their sound is dirty, filth, heavy. someone describe their sound as "Entombed meets Alabama Thunderpussy". They describe their sound as "Blasphemous Boogie".

Amber Vial (Japan)

Amber Vial are post doom metal band from Nagoya, West Japan. I'm guessing that they took their band name from the song of US Doom/Sludge legend "Warhorse".The roar of five duo dressed in black is inevitable to squeeze the brain of those who listen. miffy(vocal,guitar) is also known as member of "Hell & Hell".

Conan (UK)

Conan are as heavy as interplanetary thunder amplified through the roaring black hole anus of Azathoth. A three piece, in the grand tradition of many amazing fabulous three pieces that hold a tight line and an iron-grip command over the uber-synchronised chord changes and tempo-shifts of the holy trio of bass, drums and guitar. Two men have the task of vocalising wretched thoughts over the turgid weight of Conan. They bear it well, for the task is immense.

Guevnna (Japan)

Guevnna is formed by Ryo, the former vocalist of Japanese heaviest doom death metal band "Coffins". Their sound is full of smoked out riffs, deep stoned groove, totaly "Bongzilla Rules" style. They released split with Aguirre(France) from W.I.F.A.G.E.N.A. Records in 2014.

Ides of Gemini (US)

Ides of Gemini are Black Math Horseman's Sera Timms (vocals/bass), veteran music and film journalist J. Bennett (guitar/backing vocals) and Kelly Johnston (drums/backing vocals). In 2010, Timms and Bennett recorded and self-released a four-song EP, The Disruption Writ. Later Johnston joined the band, and in 2012 they released their full-length debut, Constantinople. “J. Bennett lays down imperial metal riffs swathed in so much reverb that they seem isolated from the rest of the world.

Nepenthes (Japan)

Hell-raisin' Badass Nepenthes are formed by Japanese underground legends, NEGISHI(Vocal, G.A.T.E.S / ex.Church of Misery)SUTO(Guitar, ex.Church of Misery / ex.Earth Blow)ZIGEN(Guitar, Marble Sheep)HARUTO(Bass, Bitter Sweet Generation / ex.MAD3)IWAMOTOR(Drums, Marble Sheep). They played with some famous bands like Noothgrush, Earth in Japan.

The Oracle (US)

A veritable "supergroup" of area veteran heavy musicians, Washington, D.C. area Black/Doom metal band The Oracle was first devised in 2011. The brainchild of vocalist/guitarist James Haun (Ol' Scratch, Sourvein) they desired a more thought out, socially charged project with more depth, dynamic tempos, and technical musicianship. In 2014 the lineup solidified as: guitarist/vocalist James Haun, lead guitarist Russ Strahan (Pentagram, Black Mass, Ectoplasm), bassist/vocalist Ron FeZZy McGinnis (Trilogy, Pale Divine, Admiral Browning ) and drummer Ben Proudman (RHIN, Black Blizzard, Vox Populi).

Starve (Netherlands)

The music of STARVE is a soundtrack for all the filth and injustice, all the greed, despair and fear that we see in the world. Musically, the band has been influenced by the harsh, bleak sounds of sludge metal and the fighting spirit of old blues, sometimes mixed with the more laid-back attitude of legendary southern rock bands.
Royal Mercy (Thailand)

Royal Mercy is a Thai rock band from Bangkok, formed in 2009 and have released one full-length studio album. Their most recent release was "Kwai-lek", released in 2012. The band's line-up includes founders Zack (lead vocals, guitar) and Kong (guitar, backing vocals) alongside longtime members Noom (bass guitar, backing vocals), Don (drums, percussion) Formed after the dissolution of Zack and Kong's previous shoegaze band, Sleepyester. Royal Mercy developed a style of riff- oriented, heavy rock music. Their sound has since evolved to incorporate a variety of different styles and influences, including punk, doom, psychedelic and stoner rock.

Zothique (Japan)

Zothique was born from the ashes of Holy & Blight. They formed in 2007 and change their name Zothque which taken from Clark Ashton Smith's novel in 2009. They changed their style from hardcore to bad trippin' sludge doom.

They released self titled digital EP from GRIND CORE KARAOKE in 2012 and most greatest album in the year "Alkaloid Superstar" from their own label VERNACULAR DYSTOPIA in 2013. also Tokyo's psychedelic ambient harsh noise generator, JAH EXCRETION joined as new bass player."Amoy" is their first recorded track by current lineup.


Here is a superb Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal Compilation from Trip Thru Records all the way from Japan. It features tracks by some well known bands and some not so well known. But it's a heavy as hell experience as things are loud right from the very start.

It has bands such as CONAN, Ides Of Gemini and Acid Deathrip providing some brilliant tracks to check out. Though most of them are new tracks you may never of heard of. It even has music from bands I have never heard of such as – Royal Mercy and Zothique who are both provide two excellent tracks to check out.

The compilation features 66 minutes of some of the finest twisted and sickest riffs you will hear all year. This compilation has given me some great bands to check out and that's what a compilation should do. Open your mind to other bands you may never heard of.

Trip Thru Records have put together an awesome compilation featuring 10 heavy as hell bands that destroys everything in it's wake. Fantastic stuff.

Thanks to Takamasa at Trip Thru Records for sending me a promo to review. All The Witches Day is available to buy on CD and CD/T-Shirt Package on BandCamp now. The CD/DVD Package can be bought here.

Written by Steve Howe