More structured record than anything theyve ever laid down before, Cold Rivers newest and most noticeable characteristic can be heard in the addition of Rene Roggmans vocals and darkened lyrics. Lysergic tales spun out over haunting grooves that never stray far from the arcane acid jams that inspired them originally and can be heard here echoing across Ancient Light and the curiously titled Shrubbery The Warlock. Theres also a distinct feeling that while the Mountain Witch of old were content to plug in and rock out, the epic guitar assaults and rhythm and doom sections of Sleepers Chant and The Covey give this latest incarnation a newfound purpose. One that could give the likes of Dead Meadow, Uncle Acid and former label mates Kadavar a serious run for their money. Trading in the cosmos for the kingdom with Cold River, Mountain Witch are out for the crown. and its only a matter of time before they take the empire.