True protagonists in the hard’n’heavy UK scene
Chiara Strazzulla
23:02 13th October 2022

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Witch Fever have been rocking the boat of the live music scene for some years now with their loud, riff-heavy sound and their challenging lyrics, and so this debut album feels like a point of arrival as well as a new start. Congregation makes no compromise, taking Witch Fever’s hardcore-adjacent punk to the studio without softening any edges. It is a record that starts on a loud note and ends on an even more powerful one, channeling anger, defiance, pride, and so much more.

All of the band’s distinctive features, which have made them such a powerful act to witness live, are distilled in this record, from vocalist Amy Walpole’s trademark delivery, ranging from roaring to scratchy, from ragged to defiant – to the haunting, relentless bass lines and the hammering, dirty guitar riffs. Perhaps most importantly, the lyrics take centre stage, telling a tale of refusal to conform and pointing an accusing finger at society’s dirty deeds. One must only look at some sample words from lead single ‘Blessed Be Thy’ to get a feel for this album’s cutting mood: “Blessed be thy shame / It makes us remember truth / A slow decline, the cursed divine / A place to hang your youth”.

Reminiscent in parts of the early HC glories of GBH and the Exploited, but with a contemporary spin which makes it more than clear that non-male voices have a front-line place in hardcore punk, Congregation cements Witch Fever as true protagonists in the hard’n’heavy UK scene.

Congregation is out October 21st.

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