Mountain Wizard Death Cult – as clearly evident by the band name – are an oddity.
Not in the sense that they are strange people, more so the fact that they are a musical enigma, unafraid to swim against the tide and thrust themselves head first into a sea of musical complexity that would threaten to engulf if shown even the slightest contempt.
Their music is both atmospheric and brutal carnage at the same time, a true sum of the parts of each individual member working in unison for a common goal.
In case you couldn’t tell, I hold these fuckers in high regard.
With the release today of their latest single Wretch – which also forms one half of the split 7″ release Wretched Invasion with fellow metal masters Astrodeath – MWDC have thrown yet another musical curveball, albeit ever so subtle yet still blatantly obvious at the same time.
While each of their releases has seen various members given the chance to shine, vocalist JJ Brady – who has an incredible voice – has always been used almost sparingly while the sum of all parts unite to form an eclecticly cohesive body of work.
Not so with Wretch.
Brady dominates from the outset here, the full magnitude of his vocal chops given free reign and the instant shock value is enough to carry you through the song well enough to demand a direct repeat listen.
I don’t often review singles, but this one is worthy of an exception.
Words can’t do this justice, so just listen yourself below: