06 December 2022



I suppose this is quintessential death rock in a way....specifically in the way that emphasizes the rock part of that oft misused descriptor. Much like LOST GOAT (don't get me started - again), New Jersey's SWATH OF... inject darkness into smoky hard rock, and are also fronted by a set of formidable femme pipes. From the full throttle power rock of "His Demise" to the blatant ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN vibes on "The Changeling," from the strained Iommi riffing on "Threads" to the brooding acoustic BUDGIE cover, SWATH OF... are clearly pulling from wherever their interests take them, and it works. I hope this (apparent) Covid project continues into the new world, because DIY '70s goth doom needs to be a thing. 

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