Ketch are a band from Arvada, Colorado that plays a mixture of doom and sludge metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Anthems Of Dread" which was released by Aesethetic Death and also consists of bonus tracks from their 2014 ep.
Clean guitar playing starts off the album and after awhile elements of stoner metal are added onto the recording while all of the musical instruments also sound very powerful and after awhile the music starts adding in a more heavier doom metal style and the vocals are mostly sludge style screams with a few growls.
Melodies can be heard in some of the riffing and the solos and leads also add in more of a retro and stoner style while also having a touch of the more modern post metal style and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and some songs also add in a touch of death metal and as the album progresses acoustic guitars can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
When the music also speeds up briefly on one of the songs it adds in a few seconds of blast beats and one track also adds in a small amount of pianos and whispers while the main focus is more on a slower musical style and there is also a brief use of clean playing and some of the ep tracks also bring in a small amount of spoken word parts.
Ketch plays a musical style that takes the darkest and heaviest forms of sludge and doom metal and mixes them together to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and philosophical themes.
In my opinion Ketch are a very great sounding mixture of sludge and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fertile Rites By Sacrifice" "The Monsters Of This World" "Detached And Conquered" and "13 Coils". 8 out of 10.