A horrible hack

Closet Witch


Year Released: 2018
Format: Download
Label: Circus Of The Macabre - React With Protest - Halo Of Flies - Don't Care - SassBologna - Jems
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 12, 2018
Oof, here's an ugly one! Closet Witch play raw, vicious, gut-wrenching stuff that mixes grind, hardcore and the meatier end of Witching Hour-era screamo. The vocals sound torn out rather than delivered, and while the music retains form and structure it seems to be teetering on the brink of imminent collapse. Amid the flurries of speed and the splinters-under-fingernails cruelty come weird, rangier moments that bring Sarah Kirsch's guitar playing to mind, tempering the savagery in a way that somehow makes all the hurting worse. Overall it's a blistering and intense affair – one that should suit fans of Cloud Rat, Cellgraft, Neil Perry and all that good noisy stuff right down to the ground!

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