“Suffocation, A Burial: 1 – Awoken (Breathing Teeth),” the first song on Bell Witch’s most recent album, 2015’s four-song Four Phantoms, is as foreboding as its title — 22 minutes of slow-motion bass riffs, odd moaning and narcotic drumming. If David Lynch were to make his version of hell, this would be playing while Dennis Hopper’s contorted face warns everyone in the scene that the end is near.
The Seattle duo of bassist Dylan Desmond and drummer Adrian Guerra formed in 2010, delivering atmospheric, unexpectedly hypnotic doomsday anthems without reservation or lack of devotion ever since. Their 2012 debut full-length, Longing, is six songs, each a trip down a dark, cinematic rabbit hole, including the curiously drumless drone of “Beneath the Mask,” which features audio of Vincent Price from Roger Corman’s Edgar Allen Poe-inspired film Masque of the Red Death. Read more about Bell Witch in this week's Sound Advice.
See Bell Witch with Wrekmeister Harmonies and Flesh Mother Monday at Woodward Theater. More info/tickets: woodwardtheater.com .