|Review: Metal Witch - Tales from the Underground|
|Tales from the Underground|
Label: Iron Shield Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: April 18, 2017
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Tales from the Underground
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
Metal Witch present here some speedy heavy metal with a sound that is firmly rooted in the 80s which is not too surprising considering that they formed back in the mid-80s. This is only their second album, the first one, Risen from the Grave dating back to 2008. I honestly didn't even remember reviewing their 2009 split album with Vindicator. And some of what I said about them back then still holds true today.
Crunchy, fast guitars meet loud drumming and catchy melodies and lyrics heavily infused with cheese. Those bands that sign about rock, metal and everything music? Metal Witch do that without shame. The result is very catchy even though sometimes the lyrics will make you cringe because they're so cheesy. Personally, it's a mood thing – sometimes it's just what the doctor ordered, sometimes I just can't stand it. Your mileage may vary. No matter what, I can see this being very strong material in a live setting. There's no way in hell you can have a pulse and not raise your fist in the air.
The main vocalist has a bit of a harsh, slightly nasal voice that I find both good and annoying, if that makes any sense. Some of the melodies are catchy enough that they make up for the vocals, while at other times they're just downright annoying. With that said, for the most part the vocals fit the music.
Nothing especially new here, but if you're looking for some cheesy, fast, pounding heavy metal then Tales from the Underground may just be what you need.
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