Introduction: Due to time constraints as regular individuals running Witching Buzz and focusing primarily on writing reviews, we are limited to publishing only one (occasionally two) review(s) per day. However, we strongly believe in providing greater exposure to deserving bands and musicians who have put in immense effort. As a result, we have launched a new section called “Witching Riffs: Behind the Sound.” In this section, we have crafted a series of intriguing questions that we pose to every band or musician who wishes to share more about their unique projects. While the questions remain the same for each participant, the diversity among bands ensures that the answers will be fascinating and diverse. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this captivating journey as we delve into the minds and stories of these talented artists.
Ego Planet / USA
What drew you to the immersive and hypnotic sounds? How do you aim to captivate your listeners with this genre?
As a big fan of psychedelic and classic metal I loved the idea of bands combining those two realms. We simply wrote music that we dig and hope that authenticity connects with others.
Can you share the story behind your band name? How does it reflect the essence of your music?
The name was somewhat influenced by all of the growing division floating around social media during the 2020 pandemic. We also thought the two words looked cool side by side.
What are some unconventional or unexpected influences that have shaped your unique blend?
As far as vocal influences, I grew up listening to a lot of soul singers like Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway, and Amy Winehouse. I often try to imitate their inflection and vocal runs, which I think comes through a little bit in our music.
How do you approach creating expansive and atmospheric soundscapes? What techniques or methods do you employ to achieve that signature vibe?
Kevin Antreassian, who recorded the album, was instrumental in developing the vocal harmonies and I think it added a lot of size to our sound.
Are there specific themes or emotions you seek to convey through your music? How do alternative music help you express those concepts effectively?
A lot of our songs were written during the intense social unrest of 2020. We tried to capture the feelings of frustration and anger that were so heightened in the world at that time. Alternative music was a perfect platform for that because it allows for an aggressive sound.
Share a remarkable moment or incident from your journey as a band that exemplifies the spirit of your music.
I think our whole writing and recording process. Everything came together very naturally. I think that organic spirit shines through the first record.
In what ways do you envision your music progressing or evolving in the future? Are there any new elements or experimental approaches you’d like to incorporate?
Our music often comes from a place of experimentation and discovery in the moment, so we never really know where an idea is going until we’re already halfway there. Chris is always playing around with different guitar tones and ideas, so I could see us incorporating more psychedelic components in our future music.
Is there a particular song in your discography that perfectly encapsulates the essence of your music? Please elaborate on its creation and significance.
Personally, I would go with “Butcher’s Blade”. Heavy guitar riff, catchy chorus, driving drums, ripping guitar solo, it kind of checks all the boxes… I’m really proud of that one.
Are there any emerging or lesser-known artists within your music genre realm that you find inspiring or deserving of more recognition? Feel free to share their names and what you appreciate about their work.
I’ve been absolutely hooked to the latest release from Howling Giant.
What do you hope listeners experience or feel when they immerse themselves in your compositions? Is there a specific mood or sensation you aim to evoke?
I hope on some level they feel seen and understood when they listen to our music. Everyone has felt the emotions we’re expressing, and for better or worse the themes of these songs will be evergreen.
Fuzz or distortion?
J – Fuzz
– Analog or digital effects?
J – Analog
Sabbath or Zeppelin?
J – The first song I ever played in a band with Chris was Sabbra Cadabra, but Zeppelin III made me fall in love with rock ‘n roll, so I gotta give it to Zep.
Heavy riff or mind-bending solo?
J – Heavy riff
Vintage gear or modern equipment?
J – Vintage