Witchbones are a solo project from Portland, Oregon that plays a bestial mixture of war, black and death metal and this is a review of his 2019 album "The Seas of Draugen" which will be released in December by Iron Bonehead Productions.
A horror movie orientated sound starts off the album while also capturing a ritualistic atmosphere before going into a heavier musical direction. Bestial and cavernous sounding growls are also added into some parts of the music along with the riffs also a dding in a small amount of dark sounding melodies at times.
Black metal screams are also a very huge part of the recording while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of tremolo picking, blast beats and war metal elements which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. When guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very chaotic style.
The songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music also brings in a great amount of 90's influences and as the album progresses a brief use of synths and ritualistic bells can be heard before returning back to a heavier direction. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover witchery, occultism and satanism themes.
In my opinion Witchbones are a very great sounding bestial mixture of war, black and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE 'The Nun Collector" "The Ritual Continues (We Haunt Ourselves)" and "The Candle Burns Alone (Dead Sailors)". 8 out of 10.