Sunday 13 November 2022

Dope Skum - Folk Magic (Single Review)

Date Released: November 11th 2022. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: DD

Folk Magic: Tracklisting

Folk Magic


Folk Magic is the new track from Sludge/Stoner Metallers Dope Skum and is best summed up by the band themselves.

In the Appalachian mountains, a long tradition of folk magic that today is referred to as granny magic was passed down for generations, women of the hills used a combination of religious texts and traditional herbal medicine.This track is homage to those before.

Dope Skum offers over 5 minutes of classic sounding WEEDIAN RIFFAGE powered by the standard Sludge/Stoner sounds with a more DIY approach compared to other bands within the scene. The music is more Punk based with perhaps a more Americana feel which isn’t too surprising when the creative theme is using Appalachian folklore. Though, thankfully no FOLK MUSIC is in sight.

The music does have a slightly muffled sound and lesser production values but the song still offers an excellent introduction to the band with one of the best covers I’ve seen this year as well. The vocals are simple and brief but add a certain charm when they do appear. 

Folk Magic is a great introduction to Dope Skum and is a major step-up in quality to their 2021 debut EP which also offers some great moments of LO-FI Sludge/Stoner Metal.

Hopefully, we’ll see a lot more of Dope Skum in 2023.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe


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