SPACE WITCH

ARCANUM (HEVISIKE) MIND-TRIP­PING DOOM METAL PRO­JECT­ING TO YOU FROM THE AS­TRAL REALM OF STOKE

Kerrang! (UK) - - REVIEWS - STEVE BEEBEE

■ DRIVEN NOT so much by spells and black cats as by densely for­mu­lated riffs,arcanum is a psy­che­delic doom trip worth tak­ing. De­spite of­fer­ing only four tracks over 44 min­utes, each num­ber is an evolv­ing mini-masterpiece. as­troGeno­cide’ s hyp­notic gui­tar pulses into un­ex­pected headspace at the halfway point, and they even cel­e­brate with some vo­cals, a rar­ity in the Stoke-based band’s pe­cu­liar world.they spice their cauldron with in­cense-burn­ing space-rock – Bat­tle Hag and Cos­monoid, both over 12 min­utes long, mes­merise be­fore sud­denly jerk­ing the zenned-out lis­tener into a world of head­bang­ing heav­i­ness.those who have a taste for such dark­ness will be frozen in place by Space Witch’s metal­lic hex. DOWN­LOAD: Astro Geno­cide. FOR FANS OF: Elec­tric Wiz­ard, Bongzilla.

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