Witch

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Many admirers of '80s-era indie rock will always consider Dinosaur Jr. to be toward the top of the heap -- thanks to such classic releases as 1987's You're Living All Over Me and 1988's Bug. However, guitarist J Mascis always was a classic rocker at heart -- his melodic yet fuzzy solos were equal parts Neil Young and Ace Frehley. So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Mascis' early-21st century side project Witch could easily be mistaken for a heavy metal release -- in the Black Sabbath mold. The only thing is, Mascis does not play guitar on their 2006 self-titled debut, as he returns to his first instrument, drums. But Mascis assembled quite a rockin' cast around ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Many admirers of '80s-era indie rock will always consider Dinosaur Jr. to be toward the top of the heap -- thanks to such classic releases as 1987's You're Living All Over Me and 1988's Bug. However, guitarist J Mascis always was a classic rocker at heart -- his melodic yet fuzzy solos were equal parts Neil Young and Ace Frehley. So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Mascis' early-21st century side project Witch could easily be mistaken for a heavy metal release -- in the Black Sabbath mold. The only thing is, Mascis does not play guitar on their 2006 self-titled debut, as he returns to his first instrument, drums. But Mascis assembled quite a rockin' cast around him -- his longtime pal Dave Sweetapple bass, as well as Kyle Thomas vocals and Asa Irons guitar from the New England-based "avant folk" band Feathers. What you get is an incredibly raw, doom metal-esque release certainly not the kind of "modern-day metal" you'll find on MTV or radio, which is chock-full of simply ripping leads from Irons. As with most bands of this genre, tight song structures take a back seat to demonic-sounding jams, including such standouts as the album opening "Seer" and "Hand of Glory" -- the latter of which kicks off with a riff that sounds as if it's processed through a transistor radio. Doom metal fans will certainly approve of Witch's self-titled debut, and will probably be shocked to learn that the longtime leader of Dinosaur Jr. is keeping the beat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Tee Pee Records
  • UPC: 707239006512
  • Catalog Number: 65
  • Sales rank: 22,344

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Seer (7:57)
  2. 2 Soul of Fire (3:37)
  3. 3 Black Saint (6:02)
  4. 4 Changing (6:42)
  5. 5 Rip Van Winkle (4:43)
  6. 6 Hand of Glory (5:28)
  7. 7 Isadora (6:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Witch Primary Artist
J Mascis Drums
Kyle Thomas Guitar, Vocals
Dave Sweetapple Bass
Kurt Weisman Organ
Technical Credits
John Agnello Producer, Engineer
Kyle Thomas Cover Art
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