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Bridge Burner Stoke the Flames on “Witches Alone”

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Feed black metal, grindcore, and powerviolence into a man-sized food processor, set the blades to “pulse,” and Auckland-based Bridge Burner are the ungodly outcome. A whirling vortex pulverizes ingredients down into miniscule pieces, but discrete elements are still recognizable even as they smear up against the transparent sides of the plastic bowl. With the release of their upcoming full-length Null Apostle just around the corner, the quartet is ramping up the intensity with a video for the album’s fourth track “Witches Alone,” premiering below.

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Like the rest of Null Apostle, “Witches Alone” spares none in its quest for annihilation on a global scale. Heavily fuzzed guitar chords are nearly indistinguishable from one another, oozing together into one roiling, furious stew. After a pointed and angular first portion, full of crisp stops and starts, the band open up into a scathing black metal tremolo gallop. Vocalist Ben C. Read delves equally into both ends of his range, mixing black metal shrieks and pained yelps with mucous-laden burbles and growls.

Bridge Burner’s visual accompaniment for “Witches Alone” is as stark and jagged as the track it complements. The video’s frequent use of vertical symmetry is often punctured as one side of the image undergoes some sort of change, dispelling the reflection that would otherwise exist. Draped in high-contrast grit and teeming with unsettling content and hyperactive cuts, the video lends a tangible discomfort to an already punishing song.

Null Apostle releases via Art as Catharsis on May 31st. Pre-order the album now on Bandcamp and follow the band on Facebook.

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