'Tis Witching Hour... Reviews
Pest Webzine Review - Jan 2013
3 years after I have reviewed their debut demo, Old Corpse Road are back on my review list with their debut full-length composed of 10 tracks and lasting for almost an hour. Their music is still on the same patterns of their 2009 demo, but the production has improved a lot and I might also say their compositions are now tighter and more compact although still mixing slow Folkish Ambient parts with fast, insane Black Metal parts with sharp as a razorblade vocals.
Their strongest elements are, I think, the lyrics (Celtic and Brittish folklore) and the atmospheres they manage to express them with, you can almost feel immersed in their fairytales, you can almost live them. A very good release that should not miss from any Heathen / Pagan Metal follower's collection; traditional Black Metallers might enjoy it too.
Reviewed by Adrian
Terrorizer Magazine Review - Jan 2013
Issue 231 - January 2013
Taking the feel of the tentative steps of UK black metal circa 1995 and applying a collective interest in the folklore of past history through pagan-facing acoustic passages and textures has served Old Corpse Road well with an impressive output thus far, and their debut album finds the band building on their qualities to produce an album that is impressive in its fusing of the two styles and also in its abilit to look back at the recent past.
Bucking the trend by replicating the feel of the debuts of Cradle Of Filth and Bal Sagoth as a base point, OCR's use of spoken word and folk-derived traditional passages work exceptionally well at creating an atmpspheric-driven blackness that proffers a uniquely varied journey.
4/5 - Guy Strachan
There is an extremely grandiose beginning to opening and title track ‘Tis Witching Hour’ with sweeping keyboards being accompanied by acoustic guitars and menacing spoken vocals. There is a real triumphant feel to this, what only can be described as an ‘intro track’ as musically the keyboards and guitars are the prominent theme throughout. It’s only when ‘The Cauld Lad Of Hylton’ bursts open that the album really begins. And what a beginning it is