TEMPLE OF THE FUZZ WITCH

"Apotheosis" (Ripple Music; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

This album is a perfect example of truth in advertising. The name of the band is Temple of the Fuzz Witch. All you need to know is the name of this band and you know what this album is going to sound like. Crushingly heavy, fuzzy guitar, pummeling bass and drums, slow Godzilla-stomp pacing, growling vocals and an atmospheric edge that takes the entire album to a new level.

Sure, things pick up at times. As on track #3, "Ashes," which throbs into a faster pace at times, and "Bow Down" with its irresistible riff and eerie vocals. "Nelphim" closes out with a fiery blast of hell and the closer, "Wight Scratch," could be used in one of those kaiju movies with its sweeping sound.

Overall, this album gives you exactly what the band name promises. As for the album title: "Apotheosis" is defined as "the highest point in the development of something; culmination or climax." Something tells me that, as good as "Apotheosis" is, Temple of the Fuzz Witch is far from finished.

For more information, check out https://templeofthefuzzwitch.bandcamp.com/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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