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"The Slithering Bog" is the oppressive, six-track offering from West Coast death doom collective Swamp Witch.
Captured during July 2014 at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Annihilation Time, Noothgrush) and mastered at Trakworx in San Francisco by Justin Weiss (Ludicra, Slough Feg, Cormorant), the record was initially released on cassette via Transylvanian Tapes and is now available on vinyl via Tribunal Of The Axe.
West Coast death doom collective Swamp Witch is preparing to unleash the decaying sounds of full-length offering "The Slithering Bog" on vinyl via Tribunal Of The Axe.
Captured during July 2014 at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Annihilation Time, Noothgrush, et al) and mastered at Trakworx in San Francisco by Justin Weiss (Ludicra, Slough Feg, Cormorant, et al), the offering was initially released on cassette last year via Transylvanian Tapes.
In advance of its wax release, today you can stream "Slither Into The Circle" in the SoundCloud player below. More...
Swamp Witch is the culmination of psychedelic substances, occult practices, and a collective interest in dark, strange, and ultimately hallucinogenic music originally devised with the sole intent to commit and record ritualistic extremities through heavy music only for the night of 9/9/09. In the aftermath, members found themselves pressed to continue the slow-burning drudgery sparked on that September ninth into the months that followed, leading to shows, recordings, band members towing themselves out of the smog from Central Valley, California and into Oakland (and Arcata, respectively) and finally, the vinyl release that recollects the original material of that evening: "Gnosis."
The punishing, murky layers protruding from 2011's "Gnosis" recordings drip with the trance-laden, drug-induced efforts of '70s psychedelia compressed into the claustrophobic toil and painful repetition of '90s sludge. This concept of "Gnosis" actually seems more akin to H. P. Lovecraft's ideas of psychosis and de-realization as the only thing the feeble human mind can experience when confronting truth (cosmicism), as opposed to gnosis in the classic, transcendental sense of the term. In other words, it's fucked up.
While "Gnosis" was being released on cassette, and finally, vinyl, Swamp Witch had already begun preparing material for what was to become the six claustrophobic tracks that make up "The Slithering Bog." To help achieve this, former drummer Dirk V took up second guitar duties and helped further emphasize the psychedelic undertones heard in "Gnosis," while collaborator Adam T. took on drums. The end result of almost two years of writing proved worthy, as warped landscapes and fungal textures resting somewhere between dream-like and sleep paralysis culminated into "The Slithering Bog" recording of late 2014. More...
The Doommantia Volume 3 compilation has now been posted and is available for streaming and download over on bandcamp. This anthology picks up where its predecessors left off and features twenty bands from the world of doom, drone, stoner, retro and sludge.
This compilation was put together to raise money to benefit Ed Barnard of Doommantia.com. He suffered a heart attack and due to huge medical bills was forced to move back to his native Australia at the end of July. Basically homeless and rebuilding his life from scratch, he has no family to fall back on and cannot work due to severe health issues. A $7 donation gets you these tracks but you can donate more if you have the means to do so.
Oakland doom/drone band Swamp Witch is streaming the entire B-side of it's new album "Gnosis." You can go listen to it by heading over to this location. Below is a recent video of one of Swamp Witch's live gigs in the bay area, featuring two songs that compose the entire second half of the set. More...