Witch Casket – Hate Index
Released: April 27th, 2018 / Self-Release
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine
What started back in 2013 as a studio / side project has slowly started to blossom into something more punishing that you can imagine. An actual band that is sure to make waves with the extreme metal community.
What began as a project for ex-Sothis guitarist Colin Cameron and Devildriver’s Neal Tiemann made them quickly realize that they were really on to something special. In turn they had to recruit a few other players to round out the band.
Fast-forward to 2018 and we get the debut release by one of Southern California’s newest premiere death metal acts Witch Casket. Witch Casket deliver an extremely tolerable death metal that combines the elements of progressive metal with a twinge of blackened death.
All the tracks are well constructed and catchy all in their way. Decipherable vocals of the guttural sound are delivered in unison with a dueling guitar assault and pummeling drumbeats that at times break the speed barrier. Their sound is an extreme blend that adds a few touches of old with a style of today that makes it fresh and new sounding. Maybe it is the level of talent and experience that make this possible.
I can’t say for certain what the future may hold for Witch Casket, but I would like to think that when I say it is going to be a bright and successful one, that it would come true. And here’s to hoping that they stick to this formula they have created for themselves. It is a great addition to the genre of death metal. No matter how many sub-genres are added to it, Witch Casket are now officially one of them.