Swamp Witch; the culmination of psychedelic substances, occult practices, and band members interest in dark, strange, and trippy music originally devised with the sole intent to commit and record ritualistic extremities through heavy music only for the night of 9/9/09. In the aftermath, members found themselves pressed to continue the slow-burning drudgery sparked that September ninth into the months that followed, leading to shows, recordings, band members towing themselves out of the smog from Central Valley, CA into Oakland (and Arcata, respectively) and finally, the vinyl release that recollects the original material of that night of the ninth; "Gnosis".
The punishing, murky layers pertruding from the 2011 "Gnosis" recordings (via Earhammer) drip with the trance ladden, drug induced efforts of 70's psychedelia compressed into the claustrophobic toil and painful repetition of 90's sludge. This concept of "Gnosis" actually seems more akin to H.P. Lovecraft's ideas of psychosis and derealization as the only thing the feeble human mind can experience when confronting truth (cosmicism), as opposed to gnosis in the classic, transcendental sense of the term. In other words, it's fucked up.
While Gnosis was being released through tape, and finally, vinyl, Swamp Witch had already begun preparing material for what was to become "The Slithering Bog". To help achieve this, former drummer Dirk V took up second guitar duties and helped further emphasize the psychedelic undertones heard in Gnosis, while collaborator Adam T. took on drums. The end result of almost two years writing proved worthy, as warped landscapes and fungal textures resting somewhere between dream-like and sleep paralysis culminated into "The Slithering Bog" recording of late 2014 (again by Wilkinson). After seeing a tape release in 2015 through bandmate Jimmy's Transylvanian Tapes, the collection of nightmare rituals that made this release so necessary and bizarre has finally oozed its way onto vinyl thanks to Tribunal of the Axe Records. Currently, the band has added Bog Oak guitarist Phillip Gallagher to handle drums, and will be promoting their release around CA's Bay Area this year.
Recorded July 2014 at Earhammer Studios Oakland, CA by Greg Wilkinson. Mastered by Justin Weiss at Trakworx in SF, CA.
Released 2015 on cassette via Transylvanian Tapes. 2016 vinyl release from Tribunal of the Axe.
SWAMP WITCH - "STRANGE CULTS"