Vagina Witchcraft, Independent, vaginawitchcraft.bandcamp.com
This foursome cites Black Sabbath as an influence, but Black Mountain seems more apt. This is metal with a certain level of instrumental and structural sophistication, punctuated with political assertions wrapped in the requisite raging vocals: “I am not your fucking sassy Black friend… I am the queer with their fist raised out of Black love… I am fucking power!” Vagina Witchcraft is raw, a vehicle for poet and activist Kayla Fernandes’ examination of a self that is “built on ruin.” The goal: survival against the odds, righteous revenge, survival against the odds and the destruction of oppression through sheer force. Brutality as solidarity. This will leave a ringing in your ears.