Saturday 29 February 2020

Arteaga - Season of the Witch Chapter One (EP Review)

Release date: February 28th 2020. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Season of the Witch Chapter One - Tracklisting

1.Brujo 08:31
2.Chacal 07:24
3.Ríos de Sangre 04:03


Francisco Gonzalez
Sebastián Morales Munita
Domingo Lovera Parmo


South American Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Rockers – Arteaga – return with their new EP – Season Of The Witch – Chapter One. The EP has 3 songs lasting for around 20 mins and it sees Arteaga create a heavy blend of Psychedelic Doom and Stoner Rock with roots in both Classic Doom Rock/Metal and Modern-Day Stoner Rock.

The EP does have a slight “Occult” vibe with Season Of The Witch bringing a spookier element to the band’s overall sound. Traces of Acid Rock allow the band to loosen-up and play a more “Jam-Based” style of music that I didn’t expect from Arteaga and the vocals are quite abstract when played against the music being played on this EP.

Opening song – Brujo – is the standout song with Arteaga bringing their “A” Game to the party with classic sounding grooves that are way out there and that’s down to the the Trippy and Occult atmosphere that lurks beneath the FUZZED OUT HEAVY GUITARS on the song. If you like FUZZ ROCK then Arteaga have that part covered as they play a delicate blend of 70s Proto Doom and modern sounding Fuzz/Stoner Rock that allows their music to grow at a natural pace with a heavy presence to them.

Second song – Chacal – is a more heavier and FUZZED OUT affair whilst retaining Arteaga creepy Occult Sound with a deep love and appreciation for 60s/70s Psychedelic Rock. The song is quite slow to begin with but soon gathers pace towards the end.

Third song - Ríos de Sangre – is a more subdued affair that doesn’t match the excitement of dynamic flair of the other two songs but it’s good to see Arteaga play a different style of music. This song is more of an acoustic style of music that leaves you wanting heavier riffs.

Overall, this is an exciting EP from Arteaga and I can’t wait to hear what Chapter 2 has in store for us…

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe