Hedvig Mollestad Trio
All Of Them Witches


4.1
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
July 12th, 2013 | 15 replies


Release Date: 03/15/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This guitar goddess treads a fine line between raucous heavy rock and intricate jazz fusion on her ravishing second album.

As society advances towards greater equity among the genders, there's still a shortage of female musicians who are able to stand the competition of their male counterparts. Hailing from Norway, jazz-trained guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen made a name for herself performing with many renowned local rock bands. It was not until 2011's debut Shoot! that her career started to solidify, though. The record boded well for the future, proving that the boisterous instrumental rock music is no longer only the domain of males. While it sounded more like an introduction to the realm of this highly versatile shredder, the new collection of songs is a full fledged endeavour that wallows in a much more developed, weightier sound.

All Of Them Witches continues to unite potentially dissimilar musical worlds. Mollestad juxtaposes driving riffs with odd time signatures and unexpected flourishes, striking a fine balance between raucous heavy rock and intricate jazz fusion. One moment she jauntily channels Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page, only to delve into early Mahavishnu Orchestra territory later on. The rhythm section provides a reliable backdrop for her constantly changeable histrionics. Ellen Brekken's double bass has a monstrous tone that makes for the record's groovy quality, whereas Ivar Loe Bjørnstad's performance behind the drum kit is charismatic yet meticulous, giving the complex music a sense of structure.

It cannot go unnoticed how adroitly the trio design their style to reflect current doom metal and stoner rock aesthetics. Indeed, the closest point of reference seems to be Atomic Bitchwax's genre-hopping epic The Local Fuzz which, aside from the dense sound, shares its downright progressive approach with All Of Them Witches. As regards the atmosphere, Mollestad's compositions often convey the desert rock vibe of Fatso Jetson, capturing the peculiar haziness of their most laid-back instrumentals. The guitarist integrates all these potential influences with aplomb, delivering an inspired performance that hardly ever feels showy or forced.

One thing that clearly distinguishes All Of Them Witches from a multitude of instrumental releases is its immense diversity. The paranoid transitions of “Sing, Goddess” are contrasted with the haunting guitar effects of “The Rex.” Elsewhere, “Code Of Hammurabi” and “Kathmandu” masterfully progress through the plethora of moods and various tempo alterations, while retaining their hard-edged nature. What's more, Mollestad proves equally convincing in more subdued cuts. "Ghrá Rúnda" is an admirably restrained a cappella piece that amply demonstrates her uncanny knack for evoking mood.

Overall, All Of Them Witches is a multifaceted effort that should appeal to both progressive rock and metal fans. Hedvig Mollestad Trio have stepped up their game in every aspect, coming out with an instrumental album that's dexterously performed, often inventive and always compelling.




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Asdfp277
July 11th 2013


1093 Comments


sold.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2013


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

The snippets:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Tej94IsbQ

Indian Driving:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1iJfr0DqUk

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2013


7307 Comments


Intrigued, to say the least.

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Mad.
July 12th 2013


3868 Comments


I've seen this around for a while, glad it's got a staff review. Artwork is great

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2013


3421 Comments


That was fast. I'm listening to the record again, it's really good. Plus, I'm getting Atomic Bitchwax right now!

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2013


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Yeah. I've basically written it in one quick session. This seems to be more popular outside Sputnik.

Glad you're digging this and The Local Fuzz, man.

MrElmo
July 12th 2013


1955 Comments


Just listened to Indian Driving, pretty fucked up and sweet song

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2013


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Not my favorite track on here, but still quite cool.

somnolence
July 13th 2013


405 Comments


great

IbenizGEO1
July 16th 2013


2258 Comments


Im checking this out. I really liked the drones, so im hoping i will like this too.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2013


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Wow... 60 likes! Facebook knows what's up.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2013


6147 Comments


This seems interesting, will look further.

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Underflow
July 19th 2013


2565 Comments


Will check for sure.

Tyrannic
July 24th 2013


3262 Comments


Great write up, definitely interested in this

Underflow
March 9th 2014


2565 Comments


So this ruled.



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