After listening to the first 10 seconds of the title track, "Witchkrieg" i knew this album was going to be great. That
opening riff just blew me away (not to mention that Kerry King
does a guest solo in the song "Witchkrieg too), the entire album is unlike any kind of Thrash/Black Metal
sound i've ever heard, most Blackened
Thrash bands don't value musical clarity very much, Witchery
goes for the opposite of that approach, the sound of the album is crystal clear, i love everything about the production of it. Century
Media may not have the most Underground and "Kvlt" stuff out there, but this release is nothing short of incredible, the first time i listened to the entire album i found myself giddy with excitement in parts of it.
is sometimes considered a super group because it has members from a myriad of differnet bands (and different genres too), most of the band was formed out of the ashes of Satanic Slaughter
, while their Bass player used to play in Mercyful Fate
, and their vocalist is Legion
(ex-vocalist for Marduk
, back when the band played brutally fast). Often times the connotation of a super group can be a bad thing for bands, however, in the case of the newest Witchery
album; it's a great thing, every member in the band is extremely talented, and has their own musical background which is folded into Witchery
's sound to create a band that sounds very unique and fresh.
I had heard of Witchery
before, and the tracks i had heard off of "Don't Fear the Reaper
" didn't really impress me too much, and i sort of shrugged the band off as another band that was "just ok" in my book. But upon listening to their newest album, i heard a very different sound, one that is slower, but more... how to put this... "refined" i guess would be the proper term. It's one of those albums for me that doesn't have a single track that i had to skip through, which is rare for me, usually there's at least 2 tracks that i have to skip. There are no boring ambient intro tracks, just pure blackened thrash metal from start to finish.
In short, Witchery
has outdone themselves with this album. If you found yourself not impressed by their other releases, you still ought to give this album a listen to, it's nothing short of thrash metal perfection in my ears. Literally every track from "Witchkrieg" down to "Witch Hunter
" is great. I can't really say that i have a favorite track on the album, but "Witchkrieg", "The God
who fell from Earth
", and "From Dead
to Worse" are pretty damn awesome.