Reviewed: Bell Witch - Longing

Wed, 12/05/2012 - 02:59 -- Robin
"The Bell Witch or Bell Witch Haunting is a purported poltergeist legend from Southern folklore, centered on the 19th century Bell family of Adams, Tennessee." -Wiki
If I could give an accurate description to the sound that comes out of "Longing', the latest full-length of Bell Witch, it would be close to the origin of their bandname. Yes, a haunting tale of pitch black folklore that just pierced my soul into oblivion...
In 2011, this Seattle based doom duo left quite an impression when their Demo EP surfaced through numerous blogs and e-zines. Longing builds upon those foundations by taking the sound to a whole new level. An hour+ long trip into droney, blackened doom filled with raw and desolate emotion. The band created a unique listening experience that's heavy as fuck and equally atmospheric. Throughout the album a grimy, ambient vibe takes over. Almost gothic sounding, like this was recorded inside an old castle. From the 20 minute opener to the outro track, Bell Witch really nailed the sound and overall "feeling" of their music brand.
Longing is a highly immersive album that will take you places. Probably the best down-tempo funeral-esque doom metal record I've laid my ears on in 2012. For fans of Cough, Ahab, Colosseum and everything slow, dark 'n heavy. Not for the faint of heart or those with a short attention span.
Out now on Profound Lore Records. Stream the full album here (CVLT Nation).

Favorite tracks: Bails (of Flesh), I Wait.