Stentorian Seattle Doom titans Bell Witch return this October with their 3rd album Mirror Reaper, via the ever reliable Profound Lore records. Now, normally at this point I’d attempt to convey my enthusiasm for this impending release via the medium of failed witticism and ill conceived metaphor, before posting a preview track below. Only this time there’s a catch….I haven’t heard it. Now that’s not because I’m being remiss in my duties as a Blocland correspondent (well no more remiss that usual), nor have I pissed off Profound Lore head honcho Mr Chris Bruni (I think he was on board with my Artificial Brain review). No, simply put no-one outside of the small circle involved in the creation of Mirror Reaper has heard it. That’s because it consists of a single 83 minute track.
Bell Witch are well know for their particularly gut-wrenching, melancholic take on Doom but with Mirror Reaper this will likely be pushed to a new intensity, marked as it was by a tragedy that cuts right at the heart of the band.
“During the writing process we were devastated by the loss of our dear friend and former drummer, Adrian Guerra. In love and respect to his memory, we reserved an important yet brief section in the song for him that features unused vocal tracks from our last album. This specific movement serves as a conceptual turn in the piece, or point of reflection. We believe he would be proud of it as well.”
Where this leaves Bell Witch’s future I don’t know, but what is certain is that this year is shaping up to be an incredible year for extreme Doom, so much so that often I feel like I’m tag teaming articles on the sub-genre with my fellow Blocland metal correspondents. So in the face of such stiff competition from the likes of Loss, Cavernlight, Hell, Primitive Man and Boris why am I posting this when I haven’t even heard a note? Because it’s fucking Bell Witch that’s why.
Here is a song from their colossal 2015 album, Four Phantoms.
With love and respect for the wonderful music you gave us, rest in peace Adrian.