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Review: Witchery - Don't Fear The Reaper
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Don't Fear The Reaper

Label: Century Media
Year released: 2006
Duration: 45:57
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 1, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Don't Fear The Reaper

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (12 Votes)
Review


Five years between albums is a long time, too damn long. I had been wondering for a while what was going on in Witchery's camp, especially after their web site had apparently disappeared. So finally here we have a new Witchery album. The first thing that one notices is that this one is overall slower than their previous offerings, and the production is rather polished for a heavy/thrash album, something that started with "Symphony for the Devil" wayyyy back in 2001. Their early albums especially had a kind of "fun" vibe to them, but "Don't Fear the Reaper" is darker, more gloomy and heavier, all in part due to a much slower pace that helps bring out the added heaviness. A slight change of direction for the band but without sacrificing their signature sound in the process - the guitars for example are unmistakably Witchery. And fear not, there's still a few fast-paced tracks that are more along the lines of their earlier work in here as well.

While I don't find this album to be as good as the previous ones - some of the "charm" is lacking, it has been on repeat play ever since I got it and I don't feel like I'm going to grow tired of it any time soon - call it the Witchery effect. A damn good album that should please most of their existing fanbase, and hopefully they won't make us wait five years for the next one.


Track Listing:
  1. Disturbing The Beast
  2. Stigmatized
  3. Draw Blood
  4. The Ritual
  5. Ashes
  6. Plague Rider
  7. Damned in Hell
  8. Crossfixation
  9. The Wait of the Pyramids
  10. Immortal Death
  11. Styx
  12. War Piece
  13. Cannonfodder
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