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Review: Wicca - Splended Deed
Splended Deed

Label: Bleeding Chainsaw Records
Year released: 2008
Originally released in: 1989
Duration: 35:15
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 15, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Splended Deed

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (10 Votes)

Another 80s underground Thrash album re-issued, Splended Deed is somewhat entertaining but not particularly remarkable.  This is on the "clean" side of 80s Thrash, with a lyrical content that some call "CNN Metal" - mostly revolving around political and social themes, with a couple of exceptions.  The music is mostly mid-paced, but with a good number of passages that are halfway between mid and fast-paced.  Things flow pretty well, with only the last song sticking out as "out of place"; it is a demo version added as a bonus track on this reissue.  What distinguishes most songs is the vocal work, which ranges from "alright" to "annoying" (see the chorus on "Mirror Never Lies" - I want to beat the living crap out of the vocalist every time I hear it.)  This guy has a voice that is both somewhat annoying but also addictive at the same time - it's a bit unruly, not really following any "standards" (if there really is such a thing.)  It does fit the music, but at the same time it sticks out as one of the most remarkable features of the album.

This is rather standard late 80s Thrash - even back then this didn't really have anything to make it stand out in the crowd.  Don't get me wrong - it is good overall, with a few catchy parts here and there and enough headbangable moments to make it enjoyable and worth checking out - it's just nowhere near essential.  But with that said, this is a sound that many - including me - can't seem to get enough of, and for this warrants at least a quick look by die hards of the genres.

Track Listing:
  1. It's Enough
  2. Psychic Warfare
  3. I.O.U
  4. The End Of The Century
  5. Splended Deed
  6. Mirror Never Lies
  7. Pull Down The Wall
  8. Speed Thrashing Kids
  9. Tormmel Bass
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