Thirty Days of Night
Often dubbed Liverpool’s answer to Eyehategod, Iron Witch have indisputably been one of the sludge bands to watch in this country since they dropped ‘Single Malt‘, an EP so full of bile and sickening grooves. So much so, we tipped it above the likes of Trash Talk and Between the Buried and Me for our top short releases of 2011. A piss-ant blog likes ours won’t exactly be cranking up the pressure for subsequent releases, but a building fanbase and even a few favourable eyes across the Atlantic might well mean getting more out of the ‘Witch in future.
Eschewing the potential lure of moving onto a first long play, Iron Witch are more than content to play the short card again and thus return with the eagerly anticipated ‘Post-Vegas Blues‘ 7″. They haven’t shed anything since ‘Single Malt‘, providing an A and B side of yet more malevolent bourbon-soaked sludge. Side A plays nicely into their hardcore punk tendencies, as ‘Gunshot Residue/Exceed The Dose’ explodes with the same force as a .45 as it shifts through the gears. The title track plays very much to their bluesy side and despite the obvious comparisons to their Louisiana forefathers, it still possesses enough character to stamp a mudhole in Liverpool, with some serious vocal animosity at just the right moments.
‘Post-Vegas Blues‘ doesn’t have quite the same impact that their initial work had, but doesn’t give an inch in quality. A logical next step in Iron Witch’s career, a further stepping stone to relative greatness. When that debut album will drop is anyone’s guess, but a good bourbon is worth waiting for, and we’d all be happy for this quintet to plough their trade on the live circuit before they take the plunge.
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