At last, a new release from Arkham Witch! I'm breaking my own no-new-releases rule once again here due to my excitement over this album. Straddling the line between the old-school Lovecraftian doom of Simon Iff's other project Lamp of Thoth and the NWOBHM-informed approach of like-minded bands such as Christian Mistress, On Crom's Mountain isn't deep or particularly dark heavy metal. Instead, it's a fairly upbeat, joyous drunken celebration of crusty rock n' roll, ragged and righteous. Of course, there's the requisite Lovecraft/Howard lyrical leanings, along with some witch and viking-related material, and some more cryptic sentiments. It's still gestating in my ears, as I've only listened to it a scant handful of times, but even now I must go crack another beer and loosen up the old neck muscles - It's tough to headbang and type at the same time.
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