Metal Review – Blackwitch Pudding: Covered in Pudding Vol. 1

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Blackwitch Pudding: Covered in Pudding Vol. 1
Doom Metal, Stoner Metal
Self-release
August 12th, 2014
Release length: 27:26
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Blackwitch Pudding is a Portland, Oregon based three-piece Doom Metal and Stoner Metal group. It’s not known when the trio formed, but according to the label’s recent press releases they state it has been a good six hundred years. No matter how long they have been active, 2013 saw the unleashing of their independent debut full-length, Taste the Pudding. Unfortunately for meer mortals, the band has once more grown restless, returning to the studio once more to put together a four song EP entitled Covered in Pudding Vol. 1. But does this effort about “sex, drugs, witch-babes and filth” stand out as a fun and gritty experience, or is this just one bubbling cauldron full of stereotypes and gimmicks?

“Night of the Blackwitch” greets the listener by throwing slow, downtrodden paced music right at your senses. The crushing bass presence against loud and thick buzzing distortions on the slightly distant guitars that sound just as filthy as the gutturals vocals, plodding along in a ritualistic fashion. For as commanding and eerie as the Occult Rock heavy performance makes itself out to be, enveloping you with psychedelic riff after riff that hypnotizes you into their dark world, the lyrics remind you that Blackwitch Pudding isn’t always as serious as they may seem. That is if you’re even able to make them out behind the haziness that only amplifies during the next trudging composition titled “Toke’n Man.” If you can picture The Rolling Stones meets Afroman in a Funeral Doom Metal manner, you have the general idea of this laid back performance with enough intimidation against the fumes to give you hell of a third party contact high.

The slower pace is forsaken for the Black Sabbath heavy “Gods of Grungus,” a mid-tempo performance with a generally upbeat tone. The chorus has some clean singing against the rough growls that end up harmonized a bit stronger than before. If you didn’t pick up on that fun vibe, there’s also some samples of a small party going on involving bong hits and beer that are expanded on a bit just past the three minute mark before being commanded to party with those very gods the song is about. This is the only taste of that Stoner Rock touch here, as “Bong Hits and Lust” creeps along once again. The deeper held notes, remorseful vocal style and random marching rhythms from the drums do make it sound like a very well paced depressing epic until nine minutes in, ending things on a much more jovial note.

Whether they’ve existed for six years or six hundred years, Blackwitch Pudding is easily one of the most interesting entities in the Doom Metal and Stoner Metal fields with their truly sinister and ritualistic drug-fuelled material you can’t help but feel is a little more friendly than feral. While it may dilute the impact with some bands, the trippy, sometimes psychedelic offerings found here end up putting you in a false sense of security as the band hammers away at your soul minute by minute with dirty, crushing songs that cover everything that makes this style of Metal so addicting: Booze, boobs, witchery and pudding. Sure the last one doesn’t really seem to fit but it does oh so well. If you missed out on picking up a copy of their debut album last year, Covered in Pudding Vol. 1 is definitely as good a place as any to start paying attention to this band who are sure to rock your world in the filthiest ways possible.

01. Night of the Blackwitch – 5:53
02. Toke’n Man – 5:26
03. Gods of Grungus – 5:16
04. Bong Hits and Lust – 10:52
Initial Pressing Score: 9/10

Blackwitch Pudding
Blackwitch Pudding

Digital review copy of this release provided by Blackwitch Pudding via Southern Cross PR.