Sunday, August 19, 2018

Review: Witch King - Voice of the Ossuary

Witch King is a three-piece black/death metal group that hails from Warwick, Rhode Island USA. Formed in 2008, the band has released six demos, a split, and an EP before finally landing themselves a record deal with Blood Harvest. That said, Voice of the Ossuary is their debut full-length offering, and surprisingly only one song from any of their previous efforts makes an appearance.

Genre: Black/Death Metal
Label: Blood Harvest
Release Date: September 14, 2018
  1. Rejection of the Light
  2. Void Emissary
  3. Apocalypse Tribe
  4. Voice of the Ossuary
  5. Savage Conquest Upon Holy Lands
  6. Jehovah Grinder
  7. Howling Beyond the Veil
  8. Mocking the Seraphim
  9. Final Annihilation
  10. Astral Desecration
Total Playtime: 36 minutes, 15 seconds






Rating: 4.0/10



Witch King is a three-piece black/death metal group that hails from Warwick, Rhode Island USA. Formed in 2008, the band has released six demos, a split, and an EP before finally landing themselves a record deal with Blood Harvest. That said, Voice of the Ossuary is their debut full-length offering, and surprisingly only one song from any of their previous efforts makes an appearance.

Forget wondering where to start at with Voice of the Ossuary, there's really only one thing to talk about regarding this album. There is something terribly amiss with the production quality on this release, and I'm not even talking about your typical raw black metal style, which is an acceptable artform, either. The bad sound comes across as overly-purposeful, to the degree that it's viable to believe that it was faked in post-production as a vain attempt to assume a rawer value than the original recording.


I don't know about you, but I've come across my fair share of shitty audio over the years; be it YouTube compression or old school Bearshare/Kazaa downloads with bad bitrates. That's exactly the kind of sound that Voice of the Ossuary has. It sounds as though it's highly compressed, maybe even a couple times over for good measure, even though my version runs at 320k. It's horrendously congested, the drum hi-hats and guitar riffs sound like pure, unrecognizable static. In fact, if there wasn't a bass player listed in the credits you'd never know there was one.

From what can be heard, the entire album has a typical blast beat set up with the drums, but they do hit hard and in a blaze of fury; "Apocalypse Tribe" is the perfect example of just how well the drummer conveys his passion for the skins. Most of the guitar riffs stay indiscernible for almost the entire duration of the album, but there are a few strums here and there that manage to rise to the surface. There's quite a bit of tremolo picking that's present and a few decent solos here and there.

Honestly, the guitar is so fuzzy and unrecognizable that casual listeners will find themselves only being able to pick out the static-laden drums and deep, gnarls of vocals. Everything in between is a totally muffled void. Voice of the Ossuary sounds like it could be an excellent album if you could actually hear anything that the majority of the members are doing. Don't get me wrong, raw production is great; Beherit? Old Mayhem? Darkthrone? All great raw quality entries. This is not, and this is very obviously bad production that has been faked.

Digital Download Provided by: Blood Harvest

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