We didn’t know we were missing Southern Gothic Witch Rock music in our lives until we listened to “Seventh Hymnal” by 49 Burning Condors. The seven-track album is the band’s debut LP with intricate folk and sombre blues woven elaborately in the witch-rock theme that runs throughout. This follows up the band’s single “Chapel Hill”.
49 Burning Condors are a five-piece gothic rock band consisting of Kimber Dulin, Chris Tremoglie, Andriana Markano, Zach Rinck, and Kat Wilson. As you can imagine, they are big on mythology and love diving into stories about women defeating men – this has launched over to their songwriting, giving them a powerful and unique spotlight in the music industry that certainly proves popular. Proving there’s a huge market to tap into, 49 Burning Condors make an impact with their debut album, “Seventh Hymnal”, which they recently released, and they are set to capitalise on that market as they continue to write, record and release their witch-rock tracks.
This album, “Seventh Hymnal”, has been engineered and produced by Matt Poirier at Miner Street Recordings, whilst Joe Lambert mixed the LP. “Bayou” opens up the album, introducing us to 49 Burning Condors and the album “Seventh Hymnal”, bringing a haunting melody and a bewitching rhythm to entice listeners to hear the rest of the album, whilst ending on a super hypnotic violin segment that is beyond beautiful. It leads into track two, “Little Death”, which is a passionate grief-stricken ode to our own fragility, whilst full of gothic rock vibes that are sending us into the past with noticeable Celtic twists and mythological ambience. Track three, “Willow Tree”, strips it back and builds up their witchy rock around Kimber Dulin’s incredible vocals creating a ceremonious atmospheric sound with the focus on the willow tree of the song.
Tribal blues mixed with a massive percussion production, track four “Red Drum Skin” is a total stand-out track with differing sound waves, emotional lyrics and passionate vocals. The next song on the album, “Noonday”, switches it up adding depth with a progressive desert rock vibe with hints of country flowing through, easily showcasing the lyrics and vocals, telling us a story about the devil slipping into their dream which leads into the devil coming into their house. The sixth track, “Chapel Hill”, delves more into their folk sound, spotlighting the vocals and adding an addictive rhythm within the backing track, reminding us mainly of The Pretty Reckless’ 2016 album “Who You Selling For”. The final track is the title track, “Seventh Hymnal”, which is sombre to say the least, concluding 49 Burning Condors’ album with an orchestral melody that’s gentle and ethereal, leaving the listener with an unforgettable feeling of relaxation before making a rock-impact in the middle of the song to make sure you don’t forget about the album you’ve just listened to.
Talking about the album, 49 Burning Condors said: “‘Seventh Hymnal’ was written during the pandemic; a time of abounding uncertainty, where death loomed around every corner, and chaos lingered in our world, homes, and veins. Our songs are dripping with stories of grief, bodies floating down the river, men drowning to a siren’s song, and of the gods worshipped, who turned calamitous. ‘Seventh Hymnal’ is not only an outpouring of all the things we wanted to say but couldn’t express in regular words to those we loved and even to ourselves, but a benediction and examination of a woman’s role of power in the world of men.”
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