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Review: Witchery - Restless And Dead
Restless And Dead

Label: Necropolis Records
Year released: 1998
Duration: 34:41
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: April 2, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.3/5 (85.93%) (27 Votes)

Ok so I've reviewed all of Witchery's album in reverse... the only logic behind this being I bought them from the last to the first :).  Restless And Dead is Witchery's debut album, and I'll start right away with my main complaint about it: At 35:41, it is quite short for a supposedly full-length album.  1999's Dead, Hot And Ready is also too short.  Oh well, I guess we can't have everything.  It is short but enjoyable from start to finish, introducing the world to Witchery's signature sound, in that the songs are easily identifiable as being Witchery's, even without the vocals.  Like Dead, Hot And Ready, this album is pretty much fast-paced, at the frontier of heavy and Trash metal, with lyrics that remind me of some of the classic cemetery-inspired horror movies.

Growling vocals, great riffs and drumming, that's Witchery.  A couple of song sort of stand out on this album, "The Hangman" where the vocals are just a bit above whispering, and the (almost) instrumental "Born In The Night", which precedes the title track.

Like the other Witchery releases, Restless And Dead is a great album.  I guess we can adapt the Lay's chips slogan to Witchery: "Bet you can't buy just one" :).

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