Bewitching, epic, entertaining and memorable are only some of the descriptors that can be used to describe Witchcrawl’s debut mini album World Without End. Playing in the vein of traditional heavy metal all while adding their own twist to the genre, Witchcrawl offers up five head banging offerings within this release. World Without End is an infectious and down right head banging and entertaining listen, one that gets your fist pumping and your head nodding nearly immediately. Each track here is a heavy metal epic that unfolds before you, taking you through labyrinths of nothing but heavy metal glory.
Withcrawl begin World Without End with a one and half minute intro that is complete with a man condemning a witch to burn at the stake. This theatrical intro sets the tone and the stage for the remaining four tracks that are to follow. After the intro you are treated to the four remaining tracks that are potent, powerful and at times haunting which is only appropriate for a band named Witchcrawl. Each track is lengthy as each one clocks in at over four, six and seven minutes. With each burning heavy metal hymn being as lengthy as they are, they never over stay their welcome. They all draw you in to their clutches never to let you go until the final seven minute opus finally concludes.
Throughout each cut within this release you are to find excellent headbang worthy riffs, scorching solos, solid drum work and vocals that range from powerful cleans to gritty gravel filled near growls. From the great instrumentation to the vocals to the overall great atmosphere of World Without End, you are treated to an overall well rounded and very solid release that finds its way in to your mind only to stay there for some time to come. World Without End is highly entertaining and an addictive release that you can come back to again and again without tiring of it. There isn’t a fall off anywhere through the five tracks that are present here as each one is just as good and well rounded as the last.
Overall, World Without End is a great release. It is striking, entertaining, memorable and definitely heavy as it gets your head banging within the first few seconds of you pressing the play button. This is pure, traditional heavy metal done excellently, and if you are a fan of the traditional heavy metal genre you definitely should not look this release over.
World Without End will be released February 21 through Katoptron IX Records.
Check out the official lyric video for the title track below!
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