Witch Ripper
Crank this to 9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Progressive metal, Sludge
Sounds Like:
High on Fire, Mastodon, Gojira
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
When it comes to progressive metal and sludge, it can be overwhelming trying to weed through tens of thousands of bands that sound exactly the same. You want that one band that breaks barriers and explores upon their genre. Look no further than Witch Ripper’s latest behemoth, Homestead. It’s hard to look past this album especially with the amazing cover art by Adam Burke. What you’ll find is some of this years most diverse progressive metal. At first listen, you’ll hear influences stem from High on Fire and Gojira, but believe us when we tell you this album stands on it’s own. With a progressive style carried throughout, these four gents hit you with a ton of sludge than lift you up with some majestic Post-metal to sweetin’ the deal. Listen to the tracks “S.L.U.” and “Ngenechen,” such tremendous variations in whip through these songs… invigorating stuff people.

Vocalist Curtis Parker has a Matt Pike aggressive approach, yet there are times he taps into a clean tone, great vocal diversity. The production is solid with bottomless percussion and a flawless balance between swift technical rhythms and sludge. Keep cranking this one up… it possess a massive sound.

1. Wasteland 07:05
2. Swarm 03:40
3. S.L.U. (The HIve) 06:29
4. Ngenechen 06:46
5. Sucker Punch 04:54
6. Bog March 01:51
7. The Witch 07:04

Standout Track(s)
“S.L.U.” and “Ngenechen” and “The Witch”. 

Alcohol Pairing
Nectar of the Gods IPA by Washington’s Whitebluff Brewing. The 7% ABV has a slight citrus flavor with the perfect amount of bitterness. A sold brew that compliments Homestead.

Vocal Performance
8.9 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
9.3 of 11

Captivation and Variety
8.9 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.4 of 11

Rhythmic Pace
8.7 of 11
Fretwork Prowess
8.7 of 11

Overall Album Flow
9 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
10 of 11

Production Value
9 of 11

Final Thoughts 
Homestead is a fresh sounding progressive metal album, it’s so much more than typical sludge. The lasting appeal is great as you will uncover so many various nuances throughout the album with each listen.

Witch Ripper is:
Curtis Parker: Guitar/Vocals 
Joseph Eck: Drums 
Coltan Anderson: Guitar 
Brian Kim: Bass

Label: DHU Records: dhurecords

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