All Them Witches | Dying Surfer Meets His Maker (New West Records)

While one can respect the DIY aspect of the album, sometimes it takes an outside ear to kill the monotony that encompasses the sound.

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On their fifth release, All Them Witches have unleashed a cacophony of sound, with influences including Joy Division, ’60s psychedelic, and lo-fi rock. The band is composed of Michael Parks, Jr. (on bass, vocals, and guitar), Allen VanCleave (keys and violin), Ben McCleod (lead guitar), and Robby Staebler (drums). Here, the music runs the gamut from psych rock to experimental jazz-rock, with long solos and musical interludes, like the seven-minute opus “This Is Where It All Falls Apart.” The guitar work is precise and melancholy, bringing a somber feel to many of the tracks, such as “Mellowing,” a fabulous guitar piece. Like many acts that came before, ATW hold a unique spot in music, as there is no real one genre that defines the band. Unfortunately, the album does seem to drone on. With the majority of the material instrumental-based, the album gets overwhelming at times, and without the lyrics it becomes too somber. Perhaps the band is trying to show its darker side; however, they don’t quite pull it off. The album could use some punching up. While one can respect the DIY aspect of the album, sometimes it takes an outside ear to kill the monotony that encompasses the sound. It just fails to hit the mark. Overall, this is a release that will not impress new fans. Perhaps an outside producer and the addition of powerful lyrics could turn things around. As things stand, this release is subpar and noisy. C- | Marc Farr

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