Saturday 14 May 2022

Witchfinder - Endless Garden (EP Review)

Release Date: June 03rd 2022. Record Label: MRS Red Sound. Format: DD

Endless Garden - Tracklisting

1.The Maze

2.Eternal Sunset


Clément Mostefai: vocals, bass

Stanislas Franczak: guitar

Thomas Dupuy: drums

Kevyn Raecke: keyboards


French Doom/Stoner Rockers Witchfinder return with their new EP Endless Garden and sees the band return with a more gloomier aspect and progressive vibe to their music. Teaming up with MRS Red Sound (Mars Red Sky owned record label) once again, this EP is more dedicated to similar sounds from bands such as Electric Wizard and Monolord with Witchfinder’s own WEEDIAN charm intact. This release is more Psychedelic and Spaced Out compared to their previous releases with some excellent Black Sabbath/Uncle Acid inspired vocals leading the way.

Opening song The Maze is a mixture of Space Rock distorted elements with groovy amplifier Sludgy and Stoner grooves. There’s a well meaning aspect to this song despite the “DOOM & GLOOM” subject matter but it’s the grooves where Witchfinder proves their musical worth. Heavy Psychedelic DISTORTED AMPLIFIER sounds with a Psych Doom underscore being quite progressive in places. There are a ton of epic great guitar riffs along the way with Witchfinder being quite adventurous in places. 

Second song Eternal Sunset is a “WOW” type of song when that Psychedelic/Space Rock groove initially appears that has a certain Monolord flavour but the band wisely bring their own style of heavy thunderous Sludge/Stoner based heaviness with the song  being firmly rooted in modern day Doom Metal. The instrumental work is impressive and the song moves through different styles of WEEDIAN based music for a song leaves you wanting more. The clean vocals are an absolute joy and do remind me of MARS RED SKY in many ways but this is still Witchfinder’s show and they excel on this release with the EP’s constantly engaging use of distorted Psychedelic sounds.

Endless Garden is the perfect appetizer for Witchfinder’s upcoming third full length album that will be released later this year and showcases how the band are one of the best bands from the French Psych Doom/Stoner Metal underground scene right now.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Shake Promotion for the promo. Endless Garden will be available to buy digitally via MRS Red Sound from June 03rd 2022.


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