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Victories - "Wiccan" (CD Single)

Victories - "Wiccan" CD Single cover image

"Wiccan" track listing:

1. Wiccan
2. Mandy Machine

Reviewed by on January 21, 2018

"Luke Abbott’s bass and organ are the real stars, adding the vital throb and groove, while the guitars, vocals and drums ride alongside."

This is a single, so let’s keep it simple. I love these two songs. Following in the subgenre trend of flexible and fuzzed out doomy stuff, Victories really nail it. Think Nirvana gets happy and covers Black Sabbath at a garage party. “Wiccan” has a killer groove, groovy organ and top-down, head-bobbin licks. “Mandy Machine” is more of the same, but now with some killer choruses to make things ever more fun. While the stripped-down trio can really jam, Luke Abbott’s bass and organ are the real stars, adding the vital throb and groove, while the guitars, vocals and drums ride alongside.

The nitpicker says the songs get repetitive, and a whole album of this saccharine, pop-fueled fuzz-doom might get old. We’ll see what’s what when Victories gets a long player up and out. But for now this two-pack is focused, punchy and guaranteed to get real good every time it comes up on the jukebox.

Highs: Choruses and organ keys, all at once.

Lows: Maybe it's repetitive.

Bottom line: Catchy doomed out rock. It's fun!

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)