Thursday, 13 March 2014

Bitch Witch


Bitch Witch (Pictured Above) are a band who I only discovered yesterday I was doing some research on Swordwielder who have released their recent "Grim Visions Of Battle" album (stream it HERE it's fucking amazing) on the Hawaiian label Cubo De Sangre (Check their page out HERE ) and i saw this.....


Now I am a sucker for all things that give a nod to Black Flag (though this is more of a Headbutt than a nod really ha ha) however the added inclusion of pictures of members of the Manson family in each "bar" was an added incentive as I'm sure like everyone who has been a fan of Black Flag or underground culture i had a bit of a Manson fixation in my younger years! Anyway I downloaded the above pictured EP and I figured a good friend of mine would really like these so I uploaded it for them and decided it was definitely good enough to share with you guys!

Bitch Witch hail from Spain and are a 3 piece band 2 girls on guitar, bass & share vocals and a fella on the drums and whilst displaying the bars and using the Black Flag font for their logo on this EP are not exactly what you would think whilst their instruments have an undeniably punk/hardcore sound I think that may be partly down to this EP having been recorded in their practice space (DO NOT FRET it's not rehearsal/practice quality it has more of a "Live in the Studio" kinda sound) What you get on the EP is an absolutely brilliant mix of styles there's black metal riffage, nods to Celtic Frost and early Bathory loads of great punk and hardcore riffsand hooks by the bucketload however they are a confusing bunch whilst there are elements of Black Flag in the packaging and in part of their sound they also have some references to crust as well but it's not until the final song "Hell On Heels aka Disfuck" which is a parody/tribute of "Hell On Earth" by Discharge that there's any crust type stuff to be had on here, for example the track "Starchild" wavers from great mid-paced punk hardcore with some riffs straight out of the 80's US HC manual but then descends into a tortured and discordant slow part which you'd be more likely to find on a black metal record out of Norway circa late 80's! Whilst this all may sound like a total mess it actually works amazingly well and this band have an utterly unique sound the like of which i have never really heard elsewhere plus it would seem that the 2 girls fronting the band share the vocals and this is really great cos one of them has an utterly unearthly and brutal howl of a voice where the other tempers that with a more shouted punk/hardcore style plus there's also a little really nice clean singing on there in parts as well however the majority of the vocals are from the unerathly howling side but they are all great! whilst there are loads of parts that put me in mind of other bands and styles everything on this EP is something that is all their own and the more i listen to them the more i find it utterly addictive.

When  looking around for more info on this band i discovered they had released another EP called "Too Old Too Punk" in Jan of this year it was streaming on bandcamp however i utterly despise streaming so i went off in search of a download to no avail but some kind soul had uploaded all 6 of the tracks to youtube and well I ripped the music from them tagged and assembled it and can also give you that EP here as well! as i said I only got onto these guys yesterday so I have not intensley listened to this 2nd EP yet but from what I've heard so far it sounds more like it was studio recorded as the sound is a little more polished and to me i feel it has lost a little of it's bite from the debut EP however it's still a great EP but i feel what they are doing on this one is a bit more straight up hardcore/punk than the debut there's still some great speedy parts and metal licks and the nods to frost/bathory/black metal can still be felt but as i said it just doesn;'t seem to have the same gnarly raw and garagey feel of the first EP  and any Black Flag pilfering has also gone as you can see by the cover....



Anyway below is a file containing both the debut and the "Too Old Too Punk" EP have a listen and see what you think i personally feel they are a refreshingly original listen and worth your attention as i had no idea these existed and stumbled across them by pure chance and prob would not have even checked them out if the cover of the EP wasn't the Black Flag tribute it is but I am beyond glad i did cos these are a great discovery and I'm glad to be able to spread the word here and will definitely be keeping my eyes on this band!

Bitch Witch Both EP'sMediafire

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for spreading the Evil & Anarchy where Bitch Witch is concerned. The first ep is as you said, uniquely addictive.

    El Diablo
    Cubo de Sangre

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    1. Hey El Diablo, You're welcome I just saw this comment today almost 1 year late I appreciate you not asking me to take these files down very kind of you! Thanks for commenting,

      Cheers,

      Dave B.

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    2. Hey El Diablo, You're welcome I just saw this comment today almost 1 year late I appreciate you not asking me to take these files down very kind of you! Thanks for commenting,

      Cheers,

      Dave B.

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  2. Really liked their music, thanks 4 sharing

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    1. His Dudeness, Glad you liked it they are a great band,Thanks for the comment,

      Cheers,

      Dave B.

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  3. Nice band, thanks for sharing!

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