Witchclan are a 1 man band from the United Kingdom that plays a very raw style of black metal he calls 'bestial hell metal' and this is a review of his 2014 album "The Dark Binding" which was released by Elvestor Records.
A very dark and evil sounding intro starts off along with some spoken word ritualistic parts and after the intro a very powerful sounding bass guitar starts to kick in along with some heavier parts and melodic guitar leads which also leads up to more of a fast and raw black metal sound along with some grim and demonic screams.
Blast beats and synths can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music is heavily rooted in the early 90's and at times death metal growls are utilized and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can also hear a decent amount of melody in the guitar riffing at times.
At time s the music is very heavily thrash influenced and all of the tracks ignore any of the modern trends that have been a part of the genre for the last 20 years while the music still can be very atmospheric but done in more of an old school tradition and every track sounds very different from each other while you can still it is the same artist performing all of the tracks.
Witchclan plays a style of black metal that is very dark and raw and all the songs sound like they could of easily been recorded and released in the 90's and the keyboard parts that are utilized also go back to the days when they still sounded evil in black metal but the main focus is on the guitars and grim vocals, the production sounds very raw and old school while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording while the lyrics cover anti religion, misanthropy and occultism themes.
In my opinion Witchclan are a very great sounding raw, old school occult black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Worms Of Hypocrisy" "Dawn Of The Serpent Kings" and "Neverending Funeral". 8 out of 10.