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Friday, July 15, 2011

New Band To Burn One To (Morning Buzz): Witch Mountain

The Morning Buzz edition of "New Band To Burn One To" today features Witch Mountain.


It’s been ten long years since the original NW Doom band WITCH MOUNTAIN unleashed its debut LP …Come The Mountain on an unsuspecting world. Born too soon AND too late, the band enjoyed worldwide praise and shared the stage with countless luminaries between 1997 and 2003. In fact, contemporary metal legends YOB and Agalloch got their starts opening for Witch Mountain! Then came a period of hibernation, child rearing, divorces, and DOOM.

Now the Mountain is brimming with volcanic activity, ready to unleash its sophomore effort SOUTH OF SALEM, produced by none other than Billy “Engine-ear” Anderson (Mr. Bungle, Melvins, High on Fire, Neurosis, etc etc). SOS collects all the best material composed by Witch Mountain from 2002-2009, improved vastly by the inclusion of vocalist Uta Plotkin. The world first heard Uta’s “stoner metal Heart” approach to doom on 2010 track “Veil of the Forgotten,” featured on the Adult Swim compilation METAL SWIM, which firmly re-placed Witch Mountain amongst its peers in Isis, Saviours, Ludicra, Boris, Kylesa, Torche, et al. Recently, the band was profiled on NPR.org, and has been getting rave reviews from a multitude of musical publications.

South of Salem is now available on a special limited edition LP and as a digital bundle with other limited edition merchandise. With artwork by lowbrow, fine artist SKINNER, colors by Marvel Comics’ Jason Lewis, and a redesigned logo by Mark McCormick, the future of Witch Mountain looks as good as it sounds. Stay doomed!

Taking their classic rock influences to another level, Portland doom legends Witch Mountain weave Hendrix-inspired guitar work amongst a slow stoner/doom groove while Uta Plotkin provides goose-pimple inducing vocals a la Ann Wilson(Heart). Witch Mountain are an amazing band that demand your attention. Beautiful and maddening!


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