Crypt of Sleepless Malice

Atomic Witch

It's common for people to hear and album describe as a Thrash/Death Metal one that […]
January 5, 2023
Atomic Witch - Crypt of Sleepless Malice album cover

It's common for people to hear and album describe as a Thrash/Death Metal one that is 75-80% a Death Metal album, and with guttural voices included. But is it the right form of the genre? Well, this can be an endless matter of discussion, indeed, especially because the models are limited only by the musicians' creativity. And one can say that ATOMIC WITCH, a quintet of United States, trails a different track.  Hear to "Crypt of Sleepless Malice" to understand what these words mean. First of all, the quintet is a Thrash Metal act with similarities with FLOTSAM AND JETSAM (especially due the use of vocal tunes in a melodic trend sometimes), VIO-LENCE and FORBIDDEN, or in other words, flows a traditional Thrash Metal tendency with improved aggressiveness.

But if one pay attention, some elements of Death Metal (especially on the rhythms and some riffs) can be found, so they do things in a different form: it's a 75% Thrash Metal band that dares to work with some Death Metal traces. It's different, sharp, aggressive, with some very good melodies here and there, and be prepared for some blast beats here and there. It's really an excellent release! The band worked with Nick Amato on the recordings, and hired the hands of the Death Metal wise man Dan Swanö to make the mixing and mastering of "Crypt of Sleepless Malice". And everything worked in a very good way, keeping the music of the band sharp and defined, aggressive and tasteful. And two invited guests are in the album: Jake Dick on the drums on the intro, and Anthony Allen on the additional vocals of "Spooky Technology".

The band still has to sharpen some of their musical efforts to make music in the highest level possible (and they really can do it). But what is heard on "Psychic Miasma" (an aggressive Thrash Metal theme with some brutal blast beats and Death Metal riffs, and what great guitar riffs and solos), "Leather Noose" (an aggressive song with slow tempos, and the vocals uses thin high tunes with 'halfordian'/'danian' screams contrasting with aggressive normal snarls), "Love Curse" (a melodic introduction of guitars prepares the fans for a Thrash Metal massacre based on slow tempos that are conducted perfectly by bass guitar and drums, but pay attention to some blast beats), "She Drifts" (another slow song with bitterness flowing freely from the guitars, and what lovely oppressive ambience), "Cemetery Mud" (excellent aggressive hooks can be heard on the instrumental arrangements), and "Crypt of Sleepless Malice" enable anyone to say that these guys have potential enough to be great!

ATOMIC WITCH came to stay, so get used to them (at free will or by force). Listen to "Crypt of Sleepless Malice" and have your ears torn into pieces!

9 / 10

Almost Perfect








"Crypt of Sleepless Malice" Track-listing:

1. Intro
2. Psychic Miasma
3. Leather Noose
4. 70,000 Skulls
5. Love Curse
6. Too Rotten to Die
7. She Drifts
8. Cemetery Mud
9. Spooky Technology
10. Casket Dagger
11. Crypt of Sleepless Malice

Atomic Witch Lineup:

Greg Martinis - Vocals
J. Meister - Guitars
Jesse Shattuck - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Kevin Czarnecki - Bass
Nick Amato - Drums

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