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Review: Witchtower/Blackslash - A Tribute to Randy
A Tribute to Randy

Label: Iron Shield Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 25:57
Tracks: 6
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: August 20, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Witchtower and Blackslash are a couple of young bands playing old school heavy metal and have teamed up for the A Tribute to Randy split. Randy was a Danish band from back in the early ‘80s that banged out a few demos that, through the lens of time, are now viewed as lost classics. I assume Witchtower and Blackslash view Randy as an influence on their music and each band recorded a cover along with two original tracks for this release.

Witchtower chose "The Beast" along with their own "Drunk as Hell" and "Ride or Die" while Blackslash went with "It’s Got to Be Love" to precede their own "Night City Street Lights" and "Eyes of a Stranger". Both bands have a firm grip on the ‘80s sound, especially Blackslash who tap into that NWOBHM vibe more effectively than Witchtower. I like the energy of the Blackslash material more than Witchtower’s, but both bands crank out some good riffs and simple, straightforward heavy metal to back up the Randy material. Unless you are a Randy fan and recognize the songs, you likely wouldn’t know the covers from the original songs, which is a testament to both bands’ songwriting.

Witchtower and Blackslash have put out multiple albums (Blackslash’s original contributions can be found on their Lightning Strikes Again album, Witchtower’s are from a yet-unnamed release) that should be checked out if this split gets your fist in the air.

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