Stonewitch are a band from Italy that plays a mixture of heavy and doom metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "The Cross Of Doom" which was released by Terror From Hell Records.
A very hard and heavy old school metal sound starts off the album and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and once the clean singing kicks in the music goes for more of a doom style along with some dark sounding melodies and there is a lot of 70's and 80's influences in the music.
When solos and leads are utilized they remain true to a melodic and old school style of doom metal and all of the songs sound like they could of been recorded and released 30 years ago and there are also some elements of blues rock also being utilized at times while some songs also add in a touch of NWOBHM.
As the album progresses clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts and there is also a few seconds of fast playing and blast beats while t he main focus remains on a slower style and they also do a cover of Pentagram's "The Sign Of The Wolf".
Stonewitch plays a style of doom metal that is mostly rooted in the 70's and 80's era of the genre while also mixing in some traditional metal elements, the production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Stonewitch are a very great sounding mixture of heavy and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Eerie Valley Of The Crimson Planet" and "The Cross Of Doom". 8 out of 10.