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Potion (Women of the Wands)

Crank this to 8.1 of 11

Released: 2018

Genre: Doom, Sludge

Sounds Like: Church of Misery, Beastmaker, Haunted


Straight out of Sydney, Australia welcome three-piece sludge outfit Potion. Their second release is a concoction of filthy doom, sludge and a pinch of black metal thrown in to create this almighty two-song EP Women of the Wand. The bludgeoning riffage is very strong coupled by the sinister, throaty vocals of guitarist/vocalist Lee Jowono. What we love about this EP is there seems to be this underlying psychedelia that elevates the music. It’s an EP that goes by waaaay to quickly, as we are longing for more of this psych-sludge madness.

Track Listing:

1. Women of the Wand

2. Dead Mountain

Standout Track(s):

The album is loaded with infectious doom hooks at every turn. “Cave of the Spider King” could be the standout, it’s an epic track of doom fantasy with the most diversity. The banjo in the intro is classic. We must say, the cover of Steve Earl’s “The Mountain” is great, we love the trippy and echoed Paul Stanley-like vocals on this one.

Adult Beverage Pairing:

Some People Are Immune To Good Advice by New York’s Evil Twin Brewery. The 10.7% ABV Maple Bourbon Stout is a strong seasonal potion that pairs well with Women of the Wand.



Vocal Performance

8.3 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage

8.8 of 11

Weight of the Heavy

8.9 of 11

Rhythmic Pace

8.2 of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure

8.2 of 11

Fretwork Prowess

8.3 of 11

Overall Album Flow

8 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics

8.1 of 11

Production Value

8.5 of 11


Final Thoughts:

Potion have emerged very quickly on to the doom scene. With two impressive EP’s under their belt, a recent tours with Marijahnna, Conan and Bell Witch we should see them emerge as one of the top sludge bands in 2019.

Potion are:

Lee Jowono - Guitar/Vocals

Stella Leung - Bass

Chris Downey-drums

Follow Potion: Bandcamp / Facebook


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