|Review: Bewitchment - Towards Desolation|
Label: Cianate Discos
Year released: 2017
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: March 8, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Guitarist Rhodz of Brazilian thrashers Heritage also has his own one-man Thrash Metal outfit named Bewitchment (as Rodrigo "Infectz" Costa), and he has probably taken this name from the Exorcist's song "Death by Bewitchment," as that song is covered on Rodrigo's own project album.
Musically, nothing new has been brought to the already vast Thrash Metal table, but one just has to respect the fact that Rodrigo handles all the instruments. I think he does a relatively decent job at giving us a hard Thrash-kick straight to the groins. The vocals require some getting used to at first. At best Rodrigo sounds much like Jeff Becerra (Possessed) or even King Fowley (Deceased, October 31, etc.), but then there are some moments when his vocal parts tend to sound a bit too irrational (like the spoken parts in "Inquisition Messiah"). But the interaction between the main instruments - bass, guitar and drums, that's where he has really succeeded at giving the impression that there's a full band behind Bewitchment. What I also like about his work is that Chuck Schuldiner (R.I.P., Death) has undoubtedly been quite a huge influence on him when learning the guitar. Check out "Poisoned Inheritance" to hear his tendency to adopt some Schuldiner-esque type of heavy riffing. The album's title track in an instrumental song and it unfortunately doesn't really go anywhere. What I really like here are two very cool bonus tracks: one cover of defunct Brazilian thrashers Bywar ("Broken Witchcraft") and the other of New York's own Exorcist ("Death by Bewitchment," as mentioned earlier). Both covers get decent treatment in the hands of Rodrigo, reminding me quite closely of the original versions of the songs. Definitely cool cover choices on here.
Bewitchment, like I said earlier already, doesn't cut the Thrash Metal table in half on this record, but Towards Desolation still manages to be a pretty entertaining slab of well-executed Thrash Metal.
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