All Them Witches
ATW


4.5
superb

Review

by PsychicChris USER (345 Reviews)
October 26th, 2018 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Other albums may better portray certain aspects of the All Them Witches sound, but there’s no greater overall representation

All Them Witches rarely strays from their fuzzy blues core, but the Nashville quartet always finds a new perspective on the style with every album they release. Every effort has something distinct going on, and their fifth full-length ATW is certainly no exception. It is a decidedly stripped-down affair, especially compared to the bells and whistles of 2017’s Sleeping Through the War, but it doesn’t quite reach the heavy stoner jams of their earliest efforts either.

A greater emphasis on classic rock influences and more noticeable bravado set ATW apart from the band’s other albums, especially during its first half. The unusually titled “Fishbelly 86 Onions” and “1st Vs 2nd” are the best examples of this trope at work. The former gets rather repetitive, but I do appreciate the call and response riffs that weave around the out of character motor mouth vocals. The latter has a swaggering riff set that sounds like something Jeff Beck would’ve come up with.

The other songs mostly consist of the familiar All Them Witches blues jams. There’s still plenty of time devoted to slow burns and atmospheric buildups, but even they have a pretty different vibe than usual. Cuts like “Workhorse” and “Diamond” have a prowling desert aesthetic that recalls the Dying Surfer-era sound with a stronger bite in lieu of musical narration while others like the near eleven-minute “Harvest Feast” utilize a mournful swing.

As one would expect with a self-titled album (or an acronym title, same difference), ATW is All Them Witches’ most well-rounded album to date. A continued emphasis on drawn out psych-blues ensures that the band hasn’t dumbed down their songwriting, but a rawer style with punchier hooks does make it easier to get a feel for than their earlier outings. The incorporation of classic rock influences is also tastefully done and never feels too derivative or gimmicky. Other albums may better portray certain aspects of the All Them Witches sound, but there’s no greater overall representation.

Highlights:
“1st vs 2nd”
“Diamond”
“Harvest Feast”
“HJTC”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



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Cubacabra
November 1st 2018


53 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think I should see what Allan Van Cleave has been up to, if anything.

Mad.
November 23rd 2018


4828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very surprised by your high write-up of this one, haven't been able to make it all the way through yet but the first few tracks really didn't grab me - it seems like whereas they were continually climbing higher up until Dying Surfer, they stagnated with Sleeping Through the War (their first album with tracks you'd actually want to skip) and are now being openly lazy with their songwriting on this one... like, he literally just counts from 1-20 as the 'lyrics' for Fishbelly Onions...



Really sad to see it, felt like maybe they could've had a masterpiece in them but seems like they've gone as far as they're going to go with songwriting/musicianship now and are just comfortable to churn out more forgettable blues rock tunes :/

DDDeftoneDDD
December 9th 2019


13995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok, their new track is sweet

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Ashtiel
June 5th 2020


1078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

new album September 4th fuuuuuck yeeeeess

Inoculaeted
June 5th 2020


444 Comments


Heavy album incoming (by ATW standards)

Ashtiel
September 5th 2020


1078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

new album is absolutely excellent. "See You Next Fall" and "41" are on another level.

Ignimbrite
September 11th 2020


6684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rats in Ruin evokes emotions that I REALLY didn’t expect to be evoked by an All Them Witches album.



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