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In keeping with the spirit of the brilliant folk-horror film The VVitch (now playing in theaters), I decided to dig into some of my favorite occult metal bands. Most of these hard rocking vagabonds are doom metallers; some are brutal purveyors of thrash; all incorporate "witch" in their name somehow. More importantly, they blend dark themes of witchcraft, alchemy and the occult perfectly into their music.
10) WITCHFINDER GENERAL
Witchfinder General are Black Sabbath clones, if Black Sabbath only played on sunny days. They mirror the godfathers of doom in almost every way, then add a quirky, almost upbeat quality to their music. Witchfinder General's complete dedication to their insanely specific schtick (witch trial metal!) is impressive. A lesser New Wave of British Heavy Metal band; their brand of doom is way more fun than it should be.
9) WITCH MOUNTAIN
Witch Mountain weave occult ideas, fuzzy guitars and dramatic performances into one tight metal unit. Too many female fronted occult bands muddy the musical waters these days. What separates Witch Mountain from the rest are their ever-evolving sound; moving from St Vitus inspired metal to spacey psychedelia. Witch Mountain sound like a psychic seance summoning the gods of rock and roll.
8) BELL WITCH
3) ANGEL WITCH
1) BURNING WITCH
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