Album Review: Witch Mountain – “Witch Mountain”

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Metal bands replace lead singers with some regularity, but seldom does a transition come with the stakes before Portland doom favorites Witch Mountain on their upcoming Witch Mountain.

When the peerless Uta Plotkin announced in 2014 that she was leaving the band, it had come on the heels of a phenomenal run of albums, capped off by Witch Mountain’s breakthrough, Mobile of Angels. Given the band had been on hiatus for a minute before her entry, Plotkin’s sensational voice inarguably breathed life into Witch Mountain in 2009 and helped it score its greatest achievements over her career with the group. Major media coverage, big festivals and a devoted following were among the rewards for a brisk live performance schedule and steady output. Around the same time of Plotkin’s exit, bassist Charles Thomas, a replacement for longtime bass player Dave Hoopaugh, bid his farewell, too. Continue reading

Concert Review: YOB, Witch Mountain and Strategic Warheads (March 28, 2015)

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YOB, Witch Mountain and Strategic Warheads descended upon The Earl in Atlanta this past Saturday and yours truly happened to be in attendance. In all of the shows I’ve been to over the years, I can’t think of a better venue to have my first experience seeing YOB. The Earl boasts a smaller, more intimate setup than most spots in the area, and the staff was incredibly accommodating and patient with the crowd on hand. It was a great night through and through, and to both share and relive the experience, I’ve put together a little photo essay for you all. Take a look: Continue reading