PRESS

Praise for Ark Of Octofelis

(2016 Undergroove)

“SLAB-HEAVY SCI-FI CONCEPT ALBUM CONFIRMS WELSH DOOMSTERS’ BRILLIANCE. Twenty seven releases in, you think you’d know what to expect from heavyweight Newport quartet Spider Kitten. You’d be wrong, of course, because bands this prolific – see also: Melvins – are constantly on the move. This concept album tells a tale of ambition, betrayal and hubris on the fictional planet Octofelis (stoner-speak for Eight Cats or something), where rocking ’70s psychedelia literally rules the world, and the unhinged experimentalism and crushing grooves on display couldn’t seem more otherworldly had they fallen directly from outer space. Split, vinyl-style, across two sides, and bookended by the succinctly titled Underestimating The Consequences Of Effective Propaganda Parts One and Two, we get a first half dominated by the 22 sprawling minutes of Feline Will, before comparatively short nuggets The Ark and Launch burn like asteroids through the record’s second half. Overwhelming? Perhaps. Ridiculous? Quite, yeah. But this brings whole new meaning to the phrase HIGH-concept.”

(KKKK) Kerrang

“Spider Kitten have always been a wildly ambitious band for their fifteen-year existence, but most of that time has been spent underground and unheralded in South Wales. Now they’re getting a shade more attention, thanks in part to a well received Norse-themed doom album (‘Behold Mountain, Hail Sea…’); this follow up takes another sharp turn, and is probably the best thing thing they’ve ever done. Two side-long tracks, again with a nebulous concept, ‘Ark Of Octofelis’ shifts focus from slo-mo death ballad to buoyant, synth heavy ’70s prog to crystalline instrumental folk to barrel-chested doom to quasi-industrial repetition and back to the death ballad again. It doesn’t sound like it’ll hang together at all, but really does, and is legitimately excellent.”

(8/10) Terrorizer

 

Praise for Behold Mountain, Hail Sea, Venerate Sky, Bow Before Tree

(2014 Undergroove)

“A Norse epic in EP form from the Welsh lunatic fringe that is Spider Kitten…its epic third and closing track sounding like Melvins tackling Stairway To Heaven”

Metal Hammer

“This…is the the sound of sludge flowing in instinctive rivers before it has time to harden and crack. Featuring members of Taint, Iron Monkey and Crippled Black Phoenix , this is a rewarding and brutally heavy offering, but it’s the folk inflections of Gore Swan that really stand out. …This is the sound of a band on inspired form”

Rock-A-Rolla

 

Praise for Cougar Club

(2013 Rugland/Ampulae)

“Their ampstack-torturing attack has blossomed into a thing of diversity and intrigue beyond Sleep/Wizard worship, via sci-fi psych, gravelly blues and a slightly grunge-derived melodic sleight of hand.”

Terrorizer

“Combining elements of doom and sludge metal, stoner rock, prog and more, Spider Kitten are one of Wales’ best kept secrets, their driving percussion and sublime fuzz of their guitars balanced by the hypnotic vocals.”

Metal Hammer

“This, dear friends, is psychedelic doom, and it’s bloody heavy at that. What sets this apart is vocalist Chi Lameo. It’s as if the spirit of Layne Staley possessed Wino and taught him how to sing. Often catchy, sometimes mournful, but always colossal in power…fucking mind-trampler of a record.”

– Power Play

“This sort of thing isn’t normally my jam, but it’s so well done, you can’t help but be lured into their web”

–  Zero Tolerance

“From the bullish automaton stomp of Twin Obscenities’ ultra-doom through to the album’s final, slo-mo descent into a lysergic netherworld, Cougar Club is a beast of an album that’s easy to get into but bloody impossible to forget.”

– Rock-A-Rolla