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Review: Witchblade - Evolution

Label: Australis Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 42:18
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 21, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (7 Votes)

An injection of something a bit more refreshing in here. Power Metal à la Chilean Metal troopers called Witchblade.

Evolution is these Chilean Power Metallers' fifth album, and the band has truly found a pretty beautiful, golden vein within the stuff they perform here. Witchblade performs a melodic, riff-orientated and catchy mix of Power and Heavy Metal, strongly relying on the twin guitar attack of guitarists Felibe and Julian, nicely underlining choruses of female vocalist Pia and male vocalist Pedro. Both vocalists also seem to support and offer some crucial backfire for each other when it comes down to creating certain moods vocally in the songs on Evolution. At best, Witchblade definitely hits home in some of their faster paced, Helloween/Hammerfall/Accept-tinged songs like "To Be Free" and "Unbreakable", whereas such tracks with slower tempos and sort of sweet honey-dropping ballad-ish elements as "The Last of Us" and "The End" tend to sound a bit too tedious and just boring, to be honest. Fortunately, Witchblade is still keen on churning out faster-tempo material than pushing to break.

Witchblade is undoubtedly the kind of band that would do pretty well in the European and Japanese Metal markets, where melodic Metal has been doing very well for years.

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