Spider Kitten – Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree. Review

Spider Kitten coverDoom can be a tricky old genre to fully connect with at times. With long and repetitive songs, it’s quite easy to fall into a trap of a song repeating itself over and over, meaning it can sometimes be difficult to maintain interest as it progress, but on the other hand, it could be argued that’s exactly how the songs should sound like as the genre is supposed to be full of slow tempos, distortion and a general ‘sluggishness’. However it can definitely be said that Spider Kitten’s latest offering, Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree., is a gripping listen from start to finish.

Spider Kitten play doom and they play it well; the riffs are crushing and everything is beautifully heavy, taking the listener on a journey as they progress through the three tracks contained on this piece. The tracks have just the right amount of melody mixed in with sludgy brutality and a particularly good element is the versatility of the vocals, with screaming, clean and spoken vocals all performed to a high standard. This band knows their strengths and really plays to them, which results in an all-round great listen.

Opener and all-round noisier number Lindisfarena is juxtaposed well against the following track Bearded Axe, which is a more melodic offering, and closer Gore Swan brings the two different moods together to create one almighty finish. It just has everything.

Spider Kitten have absolutely created something to be proud of with this release and it’s exciting to think of what the future has in store for this talented four-piece.

9/10

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About Natalie Humphries 1821 Articles
Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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