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by Mike Coyle at 30 March 2016, 12:17 PM
EPIC DEATH are a Symphonic Black/Death Metal band from Houston Texas, formed in 2010 the band have just recently released their debut record “Witchcraft” in December of 2015.

We start the record off with the first track, titled “Hide”. From the very start we are given a look into what the band have in store for this release by mixing atmospheric guitar tones mixed with elegant keyboard work that comes together perfectly, creating the base of the track to which gives way to guitarists Nathan Chance and Dennis Dorsett leading the charge ahead by bringing a melodic, fast and very intense style of playing to the table. I feel that although the song itself is short. it gives us something to work with in terms of what to expect for the rest of the release.

Along the way we come to the records fourth track and another highlight, “Stay Away”, which opens with a very strong buildup of drums which lead us straight into this dance of destruction that is being played before the listener. It is obvious to see that the band have a very strong classical influence when it comes to structuring their material, as with each song it is as if we are being treated to an orchestra brought about by dark rites. When listening through the record I found myself feeling as if I was listening toFleshgod Apocalypse as the sounds do sometimes match up a little uncannily, but not always. I feel that EPIC DEATH have taken influence from different musicians and artists to bring together a tone of creativity that works for them as well as an image that defines their musical direction to a point.

As we venture on forward we come to the record’s title track “Witchcraft”, now as I have always said when a band decide to create a song that is titled the same as the record, that will be the song that defines what the record is and what it is capable of bringing for the future. Honestly this song has this and so much more to offer as we enter the realm of “Witchcraft”!. The start of this track gives us a very carnival-like sound that blends together perfectly with the riffs and drums, as a whole creating a song that really hooks you and makes you curious as to what it has else to offer. When it comes to a title track like this it really sends your mind through a creative process of imagining what is happening in the song and how it may end as it continues to create a visual idea that seems to have multiple paths, this, folks, is what makes a great song and this is what makes “Witchcraft” a track to pay close attention to.

The next track is a cover of the Alice Cooper track, ”Poison”. Before starting this review I had listened to this track on the bands official page. From that point on it may me very anxious to see what this record had to offer if the band had that kind of tone to offer; honestly, there are a lot of people who try and cover this classic and many fail where a handful are able to give it justice. I am delighted to say that EPIC DEATH is one of the few bands that have given this classic track the justice it so deserves. If anything, the way that the band have done this track is having remade it into their own; in fact, if a band is capable of doing this then it shows that the minds of each member is one that is both unique and creative enough to have pieced this legendary track together into an EPIC DEATH song.

Going into the records ninth track we come to “Karma's a Bitch”. Starting with a very slow but very melodic opening “Karma's a Bitch” starts strong and builds ominously towards what is yet to come; I feel that with this we are in for something very interesting. When I'm right, I'm right; the song opens with an epic chorus that sends the listener through a waltz of chaotic themes and dark dreams that reign as a perfect combo of riffs and bass tones that come together like a hurricane of creative might. It is easy to see now that every track that this record has presented us has held something familiar yet different, by adding ideas from the Black and Death metal spectrums as well as a very gothic, if not sinister theme, to blend together in creating a record that stands apart as a very perfect blend of creativity, riffs, bass and drums as well as keyboards and vocals that all together become a masterpiece.

Songwriting: 10
Originality: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

Anti Hero Magazine

Album Review: EPIC DEATH – Witchcraft

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There’s death metal, and then there’s TEXAS death metal – Epic Death

On their debut album, south Texas’ Epic Death seek to solidify their place in the national scene, and continue the metal style created by such legendary acts as Pantera and Rigor Mortis. Taking influences from such bands as SlayerDimmu Borgir and NightwishEpic Death’s devastating debut Witchcraft should vault them into the national metal scene.  Led by frontman/guitarist Vamp, the Texas quintet are both brutal and symphonic at the same time. Album opener “Hide” is stellar, as are “Stay Away,” “Vendetta,” “Eye of the storm,” and the title track “Witchcraft.”

2016 should prove eventful for Epic Death because the rest of you get to hear what I’ve been listening to since I got Witchcraft. Tight, precise, thundering, symphonic Death Metal. Just the way this reviewer likes it.

Metal Addicts

Epic Death – Witchcraft

 This album sounds so much better than how the cover art looks, I swear! I saw the cover for “Witchcraft” and my immediate thought was that this was gonna be a terrible sounding band who has to really on a sexy-ish album cover, but the music backs up Epic Death in this instance and I’m extremely thankful for that. Blending together some death metal with some black metal and a little bit of thrash for good measure, Epic Death have created a very solid 10-track album that was a shocker for how good it was. Each song had it’s own strengths whether it be heavier guitars, a louder bass, a good rhythm through the drums, or a shift of vocal intensity, and overall it didn’t matter because Epic Death managed to fill each moment with a solid mix of metal that greatly satisfied my fix for . . . well . . . metal. It did it very well, I might add. Also, if you’re worried about these guys sticking to just one sound because a lot of bands do that then worry not because Epic Death constantly shifts things around where you never know what you’re going to get next after one song ends and the next begins. This is also the debut full length from Epic Death and I have to say that they nailed it 100% with it as many bands don’t do so well on their first full length, but these guys have proven themselves to be above the average by a large amount. “Witchcraft” is by any and all means a very well done piece that will show that this band is not here to mess around and they are here to make awesome metal, and they are only just beginning.

 

AXS

Melodic death metal band Epic Death will release a new CD called Witchcraft on December 11, 2015. They are a mix of melodic death metal, black metal and thrash metal all rolled into one amazing package.

The band's eerie and haunting metal sound reminds me of England's, Cradle of Filth and Behemoth. They easily mix metal screaming with smoother lyrics which reminds me of Dani Filth's perfect performances in this genre.

The band hails from Texas and was formed in 2010 by guitarist and front man Dennis Dorsett. Other members of the band include keyboardist and vocalist Becky Dorsett, rhythm and lead guitarist Nathan Chance, Justin Riddler on bass and Reece Stanley plays drums.

The CD is a 10 track full-length album. Epic Death surprises fans by doing their own rendition of the song "Poison" by Alice Cooper. This song reminds me a lot of Cradle of Filth's style and is very well done. The song showcases Dorsett's eerie vocals and style perfectly and is one of my favorite songs on the album. I especially like the smooth vocals on this song.

Songs that particularly stood out to me were "Dragons Blood", "Witchcraft", and "Karma's a Bitch." "Dragon's Blood" starts off with what sounds like the banging of a gong and has a very medieval sound. Chance's guitar playing goes from fast and furious to slow and melodic in parts of the song. It captured my interest right away with it's unique sound. "Witchcraft" is fast and brutal and Dorsett chants the title of the song over and over. "Karma's a Bitch" starts off with haunting piano playing and later chanting by Dorsett that leaves the listener spellbound.

This is an excellent album for those who love melodic death metal. Epic Death delivers on everything this genre is known for and more. Check out the band's Facebook page for more information on the band and all of their tour dates.

Echo Asylum

Epic Death, a Texas based band, began their black/thrash/death metal venture in 2009. Collectively, their background on the music scene is distinguished with past affiliations such as Aggravated Assault, Chaos, Mischief, Majik, Balance, NeverDead, Dead Trip, and Phantom-X. To date, Epic Death has played with the well-known bands Nile, Finntroll, Mushroomhead, and Gemini Syndrome; to mention a few. The band also played Minnesota's annual NYDM Fest and at Houston's Scout Bar. Epic Death was also featured in two Derek Norman documentaries; “Heavy in Houston” & “Heavier in Houston.” 

Band Members: 

Dennis Dorsett (Vamp) - guitar/vocals 

Reece Stanley - drums/backing vocals 

Becky Dorsett (Demona) - keys/backing vocals 

Nathan Chance - guitar 

Justin Riddler - bass guitar/backing vocals 


Epic Death’s full-length album “Witchcraft” is set for release on December 11th. The release was produced with Stephen Bogle under the label Bast Records. The video “Hide” was released on November 9th and already has almost 2,500 views on YouTube with several shares and positive comments. The album is available for preorder on their website. If ordered now, not only will you get the CD prior to the release date, you will also get the added bonus of your copy autographed by Epic Death. 

Epic Death boldly, and masterfully, revamped “Poison.” Lyrically, the song removes the glam from the rock and replaces it with ED’s own black/death metal sound with some melodic shifts. However, the instrumental layers and sounds stay true to “Poison,” but with much heavier drums and riffs. This is a very well composed cover and a must hear to appreciate the talent and time Epic Death discharges into their music. 

My personal favorite from “Witchcraft” is “Karma is a Bitch.” The instrumentals drew me in with the whimsical keyboarding, the thrash of heavy instrumentals that followed, and an outburst of angry vocals. I continued to listen, and to my surprise, I heard the smooth, deep lyrics “Karma is a bitch, she rides a black horse…” Although unexpected, it is a great example of the shifting lyrical talent of Epic Death. Personally, death/black metal is soothing. This song is extremely vengeful and yet so relaxing. As a female metal reviewer, what really set this song apart for me is what I feel is the influence of Becky. In my opinion, this song has a hint of female angst. 

I found “Screams from Valhalla” to have the deepest and darkest meaning. The title alone grabbed my attention due to the selfish history of the underworld god Odin (from Norse Mythology). Valhalla was a blissful place of violence and feasts. Odin brought heroic warriors  who had met their death to his heaven. The 800 warriors battled daily so they could be prepared to march out of the more than 500 doors at Valhalla at the same time on doomsday. Valhöll literally means “hall of the slain.” The battle march intro enmeshed in the instrumental composition alone articulates the story of Valhalla’s impending doom. Lyrics describing the screams from Valhalla add to the mythological hunger for power, destruction, and disaster. This is a song for the true black/death/heavy metal fan. To me, it portrays the intelligence of Epic Death. This track explores dark, Norse Mythology and is not common knowledge. 

In summary, this album was very interesting to review. After many listens, I feel as if I got a glimpse into the revolution of freedom and individuality the band aspires to create. Dennis Dorsett of Epic Death stated, “It’s about the pain of an unhappy life filled with regret and the only thing you want to do is hide from the pain by finding a safe place by yourself, unfortunately, no matter where you hide time will find you.” This accurately describes the sound and feel of “Witchcraft.” I highly recommend this album to all fans of black/thrash/death metal. 

Get Your Rock Out!

Epic Death – Witchcraft

Review by Gary Trueman

It’s one thing for metal to be split into a bewildering mass of sub genres but you’d have to be mad to try and unite them again wouldn’t you? You’d think the result would be much like trying to glue grandma’s porcelain tea pot back together after smashing it. It would be the same shape more or less but all the cracks would show. Incredibly that’s what Houston’sEpic Death have somehow done on their debut albumWitchcraft and the result is something that still holds a good brew.

Of course taking all the best bits from the church of metal and assembling them in some kind of pleasing order does mean you get the odd cliché but that’s more than made up for with genuine horn throwing music that still has real originality to it too. While the music itself has a symphonic tinge to it there’s still some hammer blow crunch courtesy of the well defined rhythm section and unselfish guitar work. Best of all is Dennis Dorsett’s vocals which sound like he gargles with nails but you can still hear every word on every lyric. I can think of a few well known extreme metal frontmen who would do well to listen to Dorsett – and learn from his example.

While the band’s own music is excellent I have to admit the song that really brought a smile to my face was a cover of Alice Cooper’s Poison. This puts the epic in death and justifies its inclusion in the group moniker. To take a rock anthem and make it your own while staying sympathetic to the original shows real class. Epic Death pull it off with aplomb. On paper Witchcraft should sell by the bucket load, it does after all cover most of the bases. It deserves to do well too, it’s a fine album, epic in fact. Let’s hope sales do it justice.

COMA Music Magazine

:MUSIC REVIEW: EPIC DEATH – WITCHCRAFT

Epic Death – Witchcraft
Release Date: December 11, 2015
Label: Bast Records
Websites: Official│ Facebook │ Twitter │ Instagram │ YouTube

Review by Don Waugh Esq

Having lived in Tampa Bay for 18 years, I admit that Houston, TX, isn’t the first place I think of when I think of heavy metal.

I do think that I may need to readdress that sentiment, after listening to the debut album, Witchcraft, from headbangers Epic Death.

Formed in 2010 by frontman and guitarist Dennis Dorsett (ex-Aggravated Assault, Chaos, Mischief, Majik, Balance, and NeverDead), and featuring keyboardist/vocalist Becky Dorsett; rhythm/lead guitarist Nathan Chance; bass guitarist Justin Riddler (ex-Dead Trip), and drummer Reece Stanley (also from Dallas’ Phantom-X), Epic Death has made a name for itself in the metal world with tenacity and a “have axes, will travel” attitude that won them fans far outside the Lone Star state.

Although the band has been toiling for years, drawing off the inspiration of bands like Slayer, Dimmu Borgir, Death, Cradle of Filth, and Behemoth, it is here on Witchcraft that they make their own music in their own name. Yes, I’ll admit they sound like a metal band. They are, after all, exactly that, and make no mistake of it. But—and this is the important part—you can tell this band has their own voice. While they may have all the soundscapes that define metal, there’s enough individuality here that the more you listen, the more you can make out that it’s Epic Death, and not, say, Behemoth.

The album opens with “Hide,” and this sets the tone for everything to come: namely, yes, we’re unhappy, but we’re gonna have fun with it. If you like hard driving beats and shredding guitars, you came to the right place. Standouts include tracks like “Vendetta,” “Dragon’s Blood,” “Screams From Valhalla,” and “Incantation of Epic Death,” which pretty much does everything a black metal track is supposed to do for you. And just to throw things a little loopy, there’s a nice cover of Alice Cooper’s “Poison” in there to show a little respect for a master.

While a lot of this album tends to run together in moods and currents, there is enough individuality of each track that nothing gets lost in the mix. That’s a good thing. You want continuity, but not at the expense of monotony.

While this isn’t a debut that’s going to change the world, it doesn’t need to be. What it is, ultimately, is a collection of love and labor from a band that you can tell really cares about what they sound like. And they do it in their own voice.

I’ll be honest, kids: if I were at a party, and this one came on the stereo, I’d be the guy crossing the room to find out who it was. (Yes, I like to go to those kind of parties, and yes, I’m that guy checking out the music when Shazam doesn’t come through for me.)

Lone Star Metal Magazine

EPIC DEATH – Witchcraft (2015, Bast Records)

By Derek Norman

Many people in the mainstream probably view Black Metal musicians as giant Norwegians in corpse paint burning their half-eaten enemies alive in sacrifice to Satan.  I want to clear up these misconceptions: There are no Norwegians in Epic Death.

In all seriousness, we need to lay the myths to rest.  Just as in any other sub-genre, Black Metal includes certain core elements as well as a wealth of diversity within its community.  If you choose to make assumptions about Epic Death as soon as you see the band in corpse paint, you are also choosing to deny yourself a fantastic Metal album.

Seconds into “Hide,” the album’s opening song, Stephen Bogle’s production quality should snag any listener immediately. This is a clean, crisp recording that easily rivals million dollar productions being released by major label bands.  The instruments cut through the room like a series of spinning blades – with keyboards that are vital to the band’s sound, yet perfectly mixed to avoid losing any of the music’s heaviness.

Speaking of the band’s sound, I’ve been struggling to find the right words to define it.  Maybe I shouldn’t try.  Songs like “Hide” and “The Vendetta” lean toward Thrash Metal, dominated by precise riffs and machine gun drums. There also songs that contain more atmospheric and progressive elements, such as “Dragon’s Blood,” “Stay Away,” and “Incantation of Epic Death.”  “Eye of the Storm” is an example of the combined speed and melody found in several tracks as well – almost like Power Metal if it were cultivated in the depths of Hell.  In the end though, they all clearly feel like the cohesive whole that is Epic Death.  The best way to understand this is to listen to the entire album from beginning to end and then do so again…and again…

There is also a surprise cover I dare not spoil here.

Epic Death’s songwriting sticks to the horror and spiritual themes one would expect from a Black Metal band for the most part.  Where they stand apart, however, is in the execution. The band clearly understands and has a real respect for these topics, and it definitely shows in the final product.  No gimmickry solely for the sake of their image is to be found here.

Witchcraft is simply an excellent Heavy Metal album no matter what your personal sub-genre preference may be – loaded with chainsaw riffs, tight drumming, catchy melodies, demonic vocals, and top-notch production values. You all must own it or be sacrificed!

Purchase the album Epic Death Store!

Metal Oddities

January 7, 2016

EPIC DEATH - Witchcraft

(Translated from French)

Bast Records -  Epic Black Death - USA - December 11, 2015 - 10 tracks - 44 minutes 

These poor witches persecuted during the Inquisition did not therefore ultimately to influence groups of all kinds around the world and time ... I must say that their history, the Malleus Maleficarum in Salem is rich with anecdotes cruel and impenetrable occult ... This time, they are represented by a charming creature shapes enticing, gracing the cover of his first album as surprising effective, in a crossover style very atypical. Not on that in Texas they are the emblem of some form of individual freedom, but on the side of Houston, they are dedicated enough to devote their worship eloquent album art anyway.

Houston, we expect more communication with the shuttle, but we take the lead in exploring space. It is in this perspective that a Dennis Dorsett assembled his project around 2010, after participating in some notable adventures in aggravated ASSAULT, CHAOS, MISCHIEF or Neverdead.  Once found a perfect way (Becky Dorsett keyboard / vocals, Nathan Chance, guitar, Justin Riddler, bass / vocals, and Reece Stanley, battery), the project gets under way and walks the local scenes in wholesale carrier established names (NILE, FINNTROLL, MUSHROOMHEAD) works his repertoire to give birth today to her first effort, logically entitled Witchcraft . 

According to their bio fairly extensive, they claim a music " that would be the soundtrack to the revolution of a concrete individual freedom ." Message received, somewhat abstruse moreover, it is not difficult to assimilate their principles once the music heard.  At this level, locate EPIC DEATH is relatively simple. If their songs change with the moods, they use their power to Black Metal, decorate it with a solid dose of technical Death, and increase the pressure by some directly from the symphonic metal arrangements. It is therefore not surprising to see include SLAYER, DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH or DEATH as influences, since these are relatively obvious from the first listen.

The name of DEATH dropped on the fly is not innocent either, since some rhythm by line well recall the precision so dear to fire Chuck, but once it all assembled, the overall truth emerges, and EPIC DEATH wants more a sum of superimposed references. 

The harshness of Death, Thrash and the power of symphonic bombast of Black do not prevent the quintet to remember its roots Heavy typically, although if those interviews are through the prism of their Crossover, and when s' trying to exercise recovery out of context, the "Poison" by Alice Cooper gets a shock treatment. Although the melody is there, it is sometimes quite difficult to recognize the overall structure of the hit taken from Trash , and we think that time the figures of style ATROCITY, reprocessing or "Temple of Love" of SISTERS oF MERCY by CREMATORY.  But see it as a guilty pleasure, that fits perfectly on a very personal LP who does not mind deviate from its path. 

By signing short, concise songs, EPIC DEATH put everything on his side. It would have been easy to get lost in the maze of Black symphonic trend brilliantly saved by rock compositions always based on strong riffs and a solid theme. Sometimes the emotion tip even the tip of his nose when Dennis recalls his youth and the tragic loss of his father in the song intro "Hide", which however not household energy or power. The gap between the touching sincerity of the text and the violence of the instrumental part is very shocking, but lines like " The years pass, from the cradle to the grave, in a split second, we will disappear as " bring a very human dimension fundamentally violent music, but always musical and harmonic. 

A lot of work has also been done in the arrangements, and "Dragon's Blood" wonderfully evokes a chance meeting between CRADLE and IMMORTAL, with a gothic touch heavy in the background, pulling one of the best sides of the two examples discussed. Sometimes a little Viking in mind, Witchcraft is far from the Black occult we were entitled to expect, and remains true to ethical juxtaposing melody chaos, never deny.  Impressive from start to finish, it is quite hard to believe that Witchcraft is a first album, as his mastery and professionalism impress. We know that the musicians of the trade behind them, but the general harmony between each individuality is relatively bluffing anyway ... 

But as they say aloud themselves, " Things are bigger in Texas " and the first LP is undeniable proof. EPIC DEATH forward, head held high, and loose some psalms / bomb in its path, as "Eye Of The Storm", that the run on a frantic rhythm, providing some typical riffs of the NWOBHM, supported by a torn keyboard to Black 90's.

And when one is able to complete its work by a piece also fundamentally Thrash / Black that "Incantation Of Epic Death" is that knows his classics by heart, and we are able to adapt to his personality . So with an armada of guitars that resonate in every corner, eager to harmonies and sharp riffs, a song that module to adopt the contours, a keyboard that knows assertive without deforming, and a rhythm as voluble as eloquent, the case is almost won. And even if the structures are sometimes quite complex, all exudes an impression of sincerity, and sometimes allows some tasteful fantasies ( "Karma's a Bitch" and his strange harpsichord), while remaining affordable and concise. 

DEATH EPIC does not close any doors, and made his choice remaining free. This first LP is really impressive control while remaining instinctive, and places the quintet to the forefront of a new scene Black Texan who decidedly does nothing like everybody.  But this tasty amalgam of extreme currents swallow a trait, as a strong sweetish alcohol tinted shades.  witches can be proud of their great-great grandchildren, who perpetuate their freedom of worship respectfully and intelligently. 

And needless to wear EPIC DEATH to the stake, their music has long been fireproofed. 

Rivethead Magazine

Epic Death Witchcraft Review

CD Review

Epic Death - Witchcraft

Produced by Stephen Bogle

The Bogle Cave 2015

 

by Andrew C Schlett

Editor, Rivethead Magazine

 

Some albums take longer than others to make. Lucky indeed is the band that, within a

year or less of forming, goes into the studio to put together a professionally produced full

length record, releases it, and gains almost immediate international fame. Much more

common, I think, is the band that works hard and trudges away for years, seeking

exposure, seeking recognition, driven only by the dream and the pure love of the music

itself. This is the case with Epic Death, formed in 2010 and who have spent the last five

years growing, changing, developing into the band they are today, the band which just

dropped their fantastic debut album Witchcraft. Years ago they spoke of recording an

album, and now, fortunately for us all, they finally have.

 

This album has the potential to be a memorable break-out. The list of bands who

have released very influential first albums is long, and comprehensive, and it is likely that

given the right PR and promotion, Epic Death’s Witchcraft could be added to that list. It

is a genre-piece, no doubt, Epic Death works entirely within the arena of Black Metal,

perhaps venturing into Viking Metal at times, but they work it with a ferocious, harddriving

intensity, melodic riffs and rhythms, ethereal keyboards which bring to mind

images of the black mass, all overlaid upon a relentless blitzkrieg of drums. If you don’t

like Black Metal to begin with, then Epic Death is not likely to change your mind. Then

again they might. But if you do love Black Metal, this new Epic Death album will

certainly remind you of why. They have merged all the best aspects and influence of

some of the leading architects of the genre into a final product that absolutely freakin’

slams. On the surface, they sound similar to many other bands working in the Black

genre, but the further you get, the more you only hear Epic Death. This release not only

defines their sound but also chisels their name in runestones into the Annals of Metal.

 

The overall tone of the album is set in the first track, “Hide”, which is also the

first single and video released from the album. The lyrical subject matter deals with the

pain of unhappiness but it is the music which draws the listener in and compels them to

listen to the entire album not only once, but likely over and over again. It opens with a

hard-slamming double kick paving the road for lead vocalist and Guitar Vamp Dennis

Dorsett, whose guttural throaty screams blend naturally with a multi-layered, darkly

heavy sound that demonstrates the level of skillful musicianship to which this band has

raised itself. The second track, “Vendetta” is one of the band’s oldest songs and may be

the very first Epic Death song ever released on Reverbnation, years ago.

 

Another old number resurrected and re-recorded for this album, and the inclusion

of which personally thrills me, is the iconic “Screams From Valhalla”. This is a song I

have loved since the first time I heard it, and in fact it was previously included in

Rivethead Magazine’s ‘Rivethead Radio Podcast #5’, which also featured a telephone

interview with Mistress Demona, aka Becky Dorsett. The enigmatic Becky is Dennis’

wife and plays the haunting keyboard for the band. Truly, my affiliation with Epic Death

has been ongoing for quite a long time now, and it has been my absolute pleasure to

watch this band grow, and form itself, and re-form itself again, until they reached the

point at which they now find themselves: the very cusp of the next plateau. Key to this

success is the genuine honesty of the Dorsetts themselves: Becky and Dennis, wonderful,

considerate people, loving grandparents, dedicated Pagans who walk the true Pagan path

– a path that merges easily with the dark complexity that is Black Metal – and who share

a passionate conviction that the music they make is right and true.

 

This devotion is demonstrated time and time again on this album. From the first

licks to the last there is nothing but heavy continuity. The songs are all different, yes, but

all essentially similar in that if one were to edit out the 2-second delay between the

tracks, Witchcraft might just play like one seriously hella-long song, with a variety of

measures and movements, but one song nevertheless. The third track, “Dragon’s Blood”,

for example, strikes me as somewhat experimental with its constantly-changing rhythms,

choreographed vocal arrangements, and pronounced keyboard line, whereas something

like “Incantation of Epic Death”, while just as great, is also much more in line with the

parameters of accepted Black Metal.

 

“Eye Of The Storm”, the eighth track on the album, is another song that the casual

Epic Death fan may have already heard of. A video was produced for this number a

couple of years ago, and it garnered something like well over 200,000 views on YouTube.

It was also widely shared around on Facebook and did quite a bit to raise the profile of

this band; a major plank in the building of the platform that led to the release of this

album and will lead to whatever comes next for them. And of course we cannot overlook

the band’s appearance in Derek Norman’s masterful 2012 documentary film Heavy In

Houston, which spotlighted a broad spectrum of upcoming local Houston talent besides

just Epic Death, but they were included nevertheless.

 

The band has undergone a couple of line-up changes over the years, but the

current and best incarnation is as follows: Besides Dennis on lead guitar and vocals, and

Becky on keyboards and backup vocals, there is guitar player Nathan Chance, bass player

Justin Riddler, who used to be in Dead Trip, and very powerful skin-slammer Reece

Stanley, who is also the drummer for Dallas-based Phantom-X. This album, very long in

the waiting but very much worth the wait, is an easy one to listen to. It has been in my

truck deck for like two dozen spins by now and it still is, simply because I haven’t gotten

tired of it yet. I rather doubt that I ever will.

 

Witchcraft was recorded in the Bogle Cave, and a masterful job indeed was done

by producer Stephen Bogle. It is slated for a December 11, 2015 release. In the

meantime, you can find Epic Death on Facebook, on Reverbnation, YouTube, Twitter, or

pretty much any other social media you got. Do it now, because before much longer, they

will be really easy to find but way too busy to talk to anyone. I love it when my friends

do good!!

Toon's Tunes

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Epic Death release "Witchcraft" on December 11th. Don't miss it!

Texas band Epic Death's first full-length album, Witchcraft, will be released this week, December 11th, and if you want to hear a brilliant cover of Alice Cooper's "Poison", you'll really want to hear this album. But... you'll also want to hear the rest of the album too, if you like heavy, metal, prog, rock and/or any combination of the heavier, darker side of rock.

I have to admit... I wanted to review it for the Poison cover alone, and ended up listening to the entire album, over and again.

Put it on your Christmas list! You've been good, right? Naughty? So what. That's even better. Go get yourself a copy. Click here to go to the band's store..

Complex metal, with growling vocals that are woven completely and compellingly into the fabric of the music. Intriguing, Zappa-esque time changes, thundering and driving drums, the band lives up to it's name, bringing epic melodies and riffs to and underscoring of death metal and classic rock.

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Epic Death releasing Witchcraft

Tracy Heck - AXS Contributor
By: Tracy Heck  AXS Contributor Dec 9, 2015
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On Friday, Texas-based black metal unit Epic Death will be releasing their first full-length album Witchcraft. Formed in 2010, Epic Death is guitarist/frontman Dennis Dorsett, drummer Reece Stanley, keyboardist Becky Dorsett, guitarist Nathan Chance and bassist Justin Riddler, all of whom have a wealth of experience in the Texas metal circles.

Witchcraft was produced with Stephen Bogle (The Hunger). The album features opening track and first single, "Hide", a emotional song inspired by Dorsett's complicated relationship with his father, who passed away when he was still a teenager. Poignant lyrics like "Years how they pass away, like a life from the crib to the grave. In just a flash we'll be swept far away," are tossed around in a storm of heavy instrumental shifts and deep growls. Throughout the album, epic melodies and riffs are mixed with the dark subject matter the black metal genre is known for.

Epic Death claims to "play the theme music to the revolution of true freedom and individuality" and certainly, after listening to their debut album, that does seem to be the case. Although they draw from the classic black metal arena, they find their own unique sound mixing in a bit of thrash, heavy metal, prog and rock along the way.

The band draws influence from some of their favorite metal bands including SlayerDimmu BorgirCradle of Filth andBehemoth but seem just at home exploring new territory in the extreme arena as is showcased in their heavy cover ofAlice Cooper classic "Poison", which can be streamed here.

The album's title track "Witchcraft" also really stands out as a haunting track that slows thing down for a more prog feel before gaining momentum for a epic finish.

Epic Death have gained quite a bit of acclaim, sharing the stage with metal heavyweights from all points of the globe including NileFinntrollMushroomhead and Gemini Syndrome. They are also prominently featured in Derek Norman's 2012 documentary "Heavy In Houston", as well at the sequel "Heavier in Houston".

Be on the lookout for Epic Death in 2016. The band is set to crush and conquer over the next year with their own brand of colossal, uncompromising metal.