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Frayle - The White Witch EP

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MindOverFour As good as this is, it seems like the forthcoming album "1692" is going to be 100x better. Calling it now, it will be a 2019 album of the year contender. I say this because the drone-doom aspects of the ep seem to have been replaced with crushing ass Crowbar riffs. Favorite track: Things That Make Us Bleed.
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Cheveu Miracle (occult rock / 2018 ep / USA // =+ )
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cranium i love this EP. very unique in it´s style. listen the last track and wait for the chorus... godlike! Favorite track: Things That Make Us Bleed.
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Sekator Just an amazing slab of female-fronted dark haunting doom / shoegaze. All songs are great, but when I heard the Portishead cover of "Wandering Star" my jaw just fell to the ground.

One of the best releases of 2018, hands down. Only wish it was a full-length, not just an EP.
Favorite track: Let the Darkness In.
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Oakenhelm Shoegaze and doom? Of course it works well. Haunting, beautiful and, er, witchy. Favorite track: Let the Darkness In.
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AbsoluteHatred I expect this artist to get big.
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"Whether dropping from the heavens or conjured from the depths of hell, Frayle‘s The White Witch EP, seemed to materialize out of thin air. Minimalistic in form, it pulses and drones, shimmers and beguiles, propelled by tribal rhythms and hypnotic pacing. The White Witch’s magic is potent, deriving its power from the subtle, vulnerable delivery of the vocals. Take heed, Frayle cast a spell that’s not easily broken."
- #12 on the Doom Charts

"There are a lot of thrilling musical achievements here just as there are elements of the mystical and weird decorating the album. I'm curious to see how the band grows - with a full length there sound can really expand and be properly explored. As is, these choruses are invigorating and deliciously well done. It's definitely worth digging in."
- Two Guys Metal Reviews

"It takes a leisurely pace on a desolate path and the outcome is so satisfying."
- Super Dank Metal Jams

"They play a very mesmerising doom, which touches upon stoner rock and also has some shoegaze influences, making their EP The White Witch a highly recommended listen.."
- Echoes and Dust

Self-released digitally just over 1 month ago, beneath the overcast skies of Cleveland, FRAYLE have been turning a lot of heads with their unique approach to DOOM.

Describing themselves as "Heavy, Low, & Witchy" and claiming to "create music for the night sky", FRAYLE are a female-fronted doom / witch-rock band that draw their inspiration from seminal acts such as Sleep, Portishead, Beastwars, Blonde Redhead, Kyuss, Massive Attack, Down, and Chelsea Wolfe.... FRAYLE exists at the intersection of doom and dream pop.

Gwyn's voice is like a gentle ethereal breeze blanketed by the lunar light of a full moon. It blends all too naturally with the heavy droning guitars and thundering layer created by the drums and bass. To be frank, this release almost sits more comfortably alongside 90's alternate ala My Bloody Valentine than the typical over-verbed out 70's lo-fi doom approach. FRAYLE’s “lullabies over chaos” approach to songwriting allows them the freedom to explore what is possible with heavy music. They strive to balance the heaviest of riffs with the approachability of Gwyn’s haunting vocal melodies.
Complex layering and tone stacking have become a hallmark of their music. Each element is thoughtfully composed resulting in a unique combination of midrange-heavy guitars, syncopated rhythms, and unexpected vocal progressions.
Lyrically, Gwyn weaves stories of heart break, anger, hypocrisy and resolution, asking the audience for empathy, and in turn inspiring vulnerability.

It's quite refreshing to hear a band paving it's own way combining influences that may not immediately come to mind, but work amazingly well together. Don't take it from me, experience FRAYLE for yourself.


released June 22, 2018

The White Witch EP was recorded between January - March of 2018. All music and lyrics written and recorded by Frayle except "Wandering Star" written by Portishead, copyright Far Out Music Inc./Chrysalis Music Ltd.


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