Witchsorrow – No Light, Only Fire

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Candlelight Records
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: https://candlelightrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/album/no-light-only-fire
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/witchsorrowdoom

Band line-up: witchsorrow

Necroskull – Guitar/Vocals
Emily Witch – Bass
Wilbrahammer – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. There Is No Light There Is Only Fire
2. The Martyr
3. Made Of The Void
4. Negative Utopia
5. To The Gallows
6. Disaster Reality
7. Four Candles
8. De Mysteriis Doom Sabbathas

Review

A doom metal trio from Hampshire, UK, are coming back this September with “No Light, Only Fire” after their successful apocalyptic take in 2012 with “God Curse Us”. The band’s name instantly brings in an atmospheric feeling of the Medieval period, the witches and their Sabbath meetings, a profound sense of doom and gloom, a fight with obscure forces or ignorant reality (inquisitions) that is doomed not to have a storybook ending.

“No light, Only Fire” is an eight track album of cathartic misery, agony, and relentless, exhausting pushing forward despite there being no light, only fire. Drowned throughout in a crushing weight of heavy riffs, it does homage to the best of traditional doom metal. If you like Electric Wizard or Cathedral, you will find that Witchsorrow’s newest production serves up a treat.

With a second track, “The Martyr”, this album drifts into Edgar Alan Poe-esque grotesque mood where survival is often less fortunate than dying. The cover art features a noose, a skull and a fire connected in a triangle – and song’s allegorical martyr pursues forward even if there is no salvation.

“Negative Utopia” is very atmospheric at its dystopian best. Some of the lyrics can be heard very clearly and keep droning in your head even after the song has finished. Easily a favourite track: “I feel the calling inside my soul …Solitude awake and wants more.. Empty being.. Skeletal bones.. Too much forever …Forever alone …”

“To The Gallows” rides through the riffs to the impending doom with desperate inertia, somewhat self-destructively joyous. “Disaster Reality” recreates an atmosphere of post-crescendo with misanthropic vocals and slow, leaden riffs. Last track of the album, “De Mysteriis Doom Sabbathas”, instantly stands out for its cunning word play mocking Mayhem’s renowned album and a track of a same title, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”. Witchsorrow have previously done a doom metal (of course) cover of Mayhem’s “Freezing Moon” so the connection clearly is not accidental. “De Mysteriis Doom Sabbathas”, running at 14:13 minutes in length, is the longest track and a powerful finish to the album: there is still no light, only fire.

You are in for eight tracks of invariant excellence. It is not generic, it is quality traditional doom metal at its best, (with a witch twist). I would not hesitate to get a copy.

Review by Öna Genutyte
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