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Raiders of Impure Sounds - 75%

Byrgan, November 21st, 2008

Black Witchery is a band that would become the embodiment of barbaric. Promoting an evil agenda that would remorselessly sleep with your girlfriend or possibly kill your dog out of sheer whim. Bombarding your speakers with a specific type of music that isn't likened to anything conventional or conservative. Desecration of the Holy Kingdom is a release that is completely one-sided, even going as far as to avoid a relating middle-ground. The scale is weighted with bleak regard, and a nasty snub from social norms.

The music adds a single abrupt solo on the track 'Command of the Iron Baphomet,' a short mid-section on 'Into Damnation Eternal,' and short sound-effects on the beginning of 'Chaostorms of Demonic Hate' and 'Blasphemous Onslaught.' Those are probably the only variations on the album that inherently stick-out. If that would completely bother you, then you probably won't enjoy this band and you should consider moving on. This is music that isn't meant for choruses, track-changing or probably not even just a quick listen. It has ear-transfixing qualities that project an almost monotonous feel with minor shifts. A near one-sided projection of certain profane properties, so to speak.

To achieve this 'trancing' quality, there are barbaric guitar riffs, continuous blasting drums with cymbals and hi-hat countoffs for head-nodding, and also vocals that lead the tracks with a violent on-going effect. The riffs literally sound like they 'hum.' It uses a focused song-writing technique of a few inharmonious tremolo riffs played back and forth, with quite a bit of single and also fastly strummed chords that might use more of an abstract style. There are only a few variations, even among the limited riffs per song. You won't hear clear-cut music or even absolute distinctiveness here on Desecration. The main aspect heard on the drums are the snare and cymbals. He'll pick certain riff changes or pick-up points to add cymbal hits. The guitars carry the background, however the vocals are the main carrier. He uses more of a half-yell, half-scream, with a throat-straining technique. Perpetuating this supporting on-going atmosphere, which sounds more like a raging, disorienting horde, rather than a few guys manipulating instruments.

Black Witchery appear to be influenced by Blasphemy's Fallen Angel of Doom and demo, 90's Archgoat, quite possibly Von and other blasphemous budding bullies. They spout primitive sounds that embrace evil, chaos and a disassociation to conventional music. A near one-sidedness that doesn't let up or give a balance of any sorts. There isn't an ounce of light escaping this album, even a glimmer would be swallowed with massive jaws and a cavernous, decaying mouth with teeth meant to maim, eventually leading to who knows where.

While there are some bands that would play in a similar brash style that can be either murdering or murdered. Stepping on the line with a potential for becoming that exact definition of barbaric in the sense, not the musical descriptor. However, I think Black Witchery sets up smoking atmospherics and mirrors that reflect near hideous medusan ferocity combined with music that isn't a mere effect. Though, honestly this output can take energy and mood to listen to. It heightens certain scheming activities and can definitely become an enhancer. I think its minimalism is so against the grain, and nearly black considering a black-and-white mentality, that it is like that certain spice that gets pulled out on infrequent occasions. Used too much it can lose its juju, used too little and you might start wearing white tees and slacks and donating to charity. Yet excite your guests, pull out that raw, unblessed meaty food prepared by Black Witchery, and hope each one of them happens to be vegan or kosher. And bolt the exits because no one's leaving.