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Burning Witch


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Seattle, United States (1995 – 1998)

Burning Witch was an American band from Seattle, Washington, active between 1995 and 1998. They were formed after the breakup of the band Thorr’s Hammer in 1995.

Most of the music of Burning Witch is very slow and heavy with the drums slowly plodding along with the bass and guitar playing minimalist riffs. Emphasis is usually put on spaces between notes, allowing the bass and guitar to resonate before proceeding to the next note. There are occasional bursts of feedback and noise from O’Malley, but for the most part the guitar and bass follow each other. One of the qualities of Burning Witch is Edgy 59’s vocals which alter between a nasal and melodic singing voice to a brutal, tortured, and demented scream or shriek.

There are noticeable differences between the songs on Towers… and Rift. Canyon.Dreams with Towers… being more intense and aggressive and Rift.Canyon.Dreams being more morose and brooding.

The Crippled Lucifer compilation contains all but one song from their two LPs. The Goatsnake / Burning Witch split contains two songs, one from each of the LP recording sessions (and the one omitted from Crippled Lucifer), and the Asva / Burning Witch split contains the song “Rift. Canyon.Dreams”.

A lot of terms have been used to describe Burning Witch’s highly untraditional sound. Among these are “”, “”, “”, and “”.


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