Review from

June 16, 2017
Published: June 14, 2017

On paper, pairing an atmospheric, post-rock influenced, Folky, Stoner entity such as Black Tremor with as grand a Black/Doom act as Sea Witch might sound like a bit of a stretch. Really though, they've a lot more in common than you might think. Both are instrumental, both use a fairly minimalist approach, and both undoubtably share a desire to express a certain existential misery and vastness in their music. Black Tremor, for example, evoke the expansive, bitterness of the windswept prairies in their native Canada and Sea Witch have been all too effectively conjuring the majesty of the oceans for some time now from their home in Nova Scotia, drawing inspiration from both the darkness beneath the waves and the light above.

The Black Tremor tracks are a Parts 1 and 2 affair comprised of Bass guitar, Drums and Violin and really, you have to stand in awe at the sophisticated use of just these three instruments. A simple enough Post-rock beginning begins to evolve into slightly more familiar Stoner territory but ever holding back from ever going full-blown. As the first track progressed and the violin drawled and droned along with some clever bass guitar work, The music evokes the emotive soundtrack of an independent movie about dysfunctional people in cold, harsh environments failing to overcome the seemingly shoddy hand dealt them. Sounds dramatic? It is. It is also highly hypnotic. If you like Dylan Carlson's Earth and their ilk, I can't see any reason at all why you wouldn't love this. 

Sea Witch bring three tracks to the party and seem to have a slightly sludgier sound than the Blackened Doom on their previous outings. When I say sludgier I mean Sludge in the way that Moss were sludgy in tone, on their early releases. They also sound a tad crisper in production this time, but only ever so slightly. Both bands share a Drone element to their music, and the guitar lines sweep around like desperate albatrosses over huge waves. It's far from a pretty picture though, Sea Witch cut no slack from their usual depressive fare. This is bleak. Really bleak. Again, if you enjoyed 'The Blackened Sea' and appreciate instrumental Doom, Sea Witch have done nothing to sully their name as one of the genre's leading underground lights. For me, the opening numbers by Black Tremor are more immediately the pick of the bunch, mainly because despite the quality of the tracks, you kind of know what you're going to get with Sea Witch, whereas Black Tremor's contributions are a welcome, if only a slight, deviation from the norm. However, the Sea Witch offerings are real growers, especially if you enjoy the subtle changes they've made to their sound. I like split releases on the whole, with their two for the price of one ethics. I like this one. Whilst there are obvious differences in styles, from more of an objective standpoint, both bands can comfortably claim equal footing in producing five imposing 'hypnotic dirges' for our times. 

Rating: 7/10
Reviewed by: Mike Liassides

Review from Noizz Webzine

May 31, 2017
From: Noizz Webzine
Published: May 29, 2017

El sello canadiense Hypnotic Dirge Records, en colaboración con Sunmask Records, publica un interesante split compartido entre dos bandas cuyo nexo podríamos decir que es el Doom instrumental, aunque cada una entienda esta etiqueta a su manera, aportando diferentes visiones sonoras e influencias. Se trata de dos formaciones procedentes de Canadá, por un lado el trío BLACK TREMOR y por otra parte el dúo conocido como SEA WITCH, quiene...

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Review from Metal Trenches

April 12, 2017
From: Metal Trenches
Published: April 12, 2017

The Pitch: Two very talented, textured Canadian instrumental doom bands for the price of one: Black Tremor and Sea Witch  via Hypnotic Dirge Records. FFO Downfall of Nur, Crown, Thera Roya

What I Like: This split is more than just your average doom metal.  Like I said, it's very "textured" and has some subtle intricacies that really carried my attention.  You've got your familiar bass guitar reverberations and T Rex-sized chord sustains...

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Review from Meat Mead Metal

March 25, 2017
From: Meat Mead Metal
Published: November 22, 2016

*This review was written in 2016 since this album was initially planned for a 2016 release through Sunmask at this time.

We’re reaching the point in the year where I’m going to have to do a lot of driving in what likely is to be fairly bad weather conditions. I oddly enjoy that, though, because that means a lot of family visits over the holidays, but with all that mileage, having the right music to accompany me is a huge key.

My ...

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Review from New Noise Magazine

March 25, 2017
From: New Noise Magazine
Published: October 25, 2016

*This review was written in 2016 since this album was initially planned for a 2016 release through Sunmask at this time.

Both extremes of the Canadian landscape find a home on the split LP from Nova Scotia’s nautically themed Sea Witch, and bastard sons of the prairie Black Tremor.

Sea Witch churns the chum bucket slurry churns pretty hard. They are a two-piece out of Dartmouth, NS whose sound is dense and harrowing, yet full of ...

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Review from Doomspeakers

March 25, 2017
From: Doomspeakers
Published: October 13, 2016

*This review was written in 2016 since this album was initially planned for a 2016 release through Sunmask at this time.

Courtesy of SunMask records we’ve been handed this promo for an upcoming split LP which showcases two superb Canadian doom bands; Sea Witch playing a nautical inspired blend of doom and Black Tremor with their trademark hypnotic brand of melancholic folk doom.

More than just being from the same country, being instrum...

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Review from Echoes and Dust Webzine

March 25, 2017
From: Echoes and Dust Webzine
Published: October 1, 2016

*This review was written in 2016 since this album was initially planned for a 2016 release through Sunmask at this time.

Sea Witch and Black Tremor are two brilliant instrumental bands who unite for this split release and while at first listen it would seem that the two bands don’t have that much in common musically, there is definitely a spirit that links them and after repeated listens, the bond between the two bands is ev...

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Review from Bringer of Death Zine

March 25, 2017
From: Bringer of Death Zine
Published: August 13, 2016

*This review was written in 2016 since this album was initially planned for a 2016 release through Sunmask at this time.

This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Nova  Scotis,  Canada's  Sea  Witch  and  Saskatchewan,  Canada's  Black Tremor  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Sunmask  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Sea  Witch  a  band  that  plays  an  instrumental  form  of  blackened  doom  m...

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 Released: March 24, 2017
300 Copies
Genre: Instrumental Doom Metal
[Progressive, Folk, Sludge, Funeral]