Intro “Feu Sacré” sets the mood for Swallow the Venom, Witchthroat Serpent’s third full-length, from the get-go. The tribal-sounding drums and spoken vocals give way to the crushing stoner doom of “Lucifer’s Fire,” with its crushing riffs and wall of distortion. Throughout the album, guitarist/vocalist Fredrik Bolzann’s vocals lead the listener into a trance, his voice the main melody in a sea of fuzzed-out, mammoth riffs and swirling psychedelia.
Never a band to shy away from the mystic and the grandiose, Witchthroat Serpent tell the lore of subjects from giant octopi to the devil to spiritual forces. Combined with the massive songwriting, Swallow the Venom is a larger-than-life album that you can hear below.
Swallow the Venom is out on November 23 via Svart.