Goddess – The Withering

Goddess - The Withering

Goddess - The Withering

Goddess - The Withering











            Worship This

            • Well-constructed epic stoner doom

            Question This

            • Length may be daunting for some

            In what may be a bit of a challenge for me, this album is actually a near-nineteen-minute single track. However, Norway’s Goddess shows a lot of promise with their song, The Withering.

            The Withering was actually recorded back in 2014, and an edited version was released on a recording school’s private label. Goddess vocalist and guitarist, Alexander Mora, actually runs the Voidcaller Records label. After getting a new mix and mastering, The Withering is getting a fresh release for 2016.

            The Withering consists of several movements. It opens with a slow and delicate classically-inspired guitar line. Around two minutes in, the throwback stoner doom rhythm and vocals begin before transitioning into a near-death metal delivery on the second verse. These trade back and forth a few times before slipping into a trippy, sludgy interlude.

            From there we move into a primarily instrumental set of solos. These stick to familiar stoner territory. A sense of journey and building intensity slowly progress, leading up to the song’s finale.

            The track’s remaining three minutes end with a distorted, yet soaring, female vocal which serves as the apex to the build we’ve been getting throughout the prior fifteen. Finally, we come full-circle and close with the classical guitar sound from the beginning.

            If you’re a fan of both fuzzed-out stoner doom and epic doom, then The Withering is definitely something you need to be checking out. I found it fairly engaging, even though I’m sure the length alone is going to put a few people off. I will say that fans of bands like The Sword or High on Fire need to give this a listen. Goddess are definitely a band to keep an eye on.

            Label: Voidcaller Records
            More Information: Website | Facebook
            Release Date: 20 Mar 2016

            Available at Bandcamp and selected other retailers.

            Special thanks to Against PR for the complementary review copy.

            About C. Hagen Radick 99 Articles
            SonOfOdin is a 40-something Midwesterner who subsists primarily on alcohol, schadenfreude, and a near-unhealthy obsession with actress Kate Beckinsale. He is also one of the co-hosts of The Sons of Metal Podcast.

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