|Review: Witches Hammer - Damnation Is My Salvation|
|Damnation Is My Salvation|
Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions
Year released: 2020
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: June 7, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Damnation Is My Salvation
Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)
Witches Hammer formed in 1984, disbanded in 1990 and finally reformed in 2018. This is actually their first full-length studio album. A few compilations over the past 20 years or so kind of muddied the waters and gave the impression they had albums out, but really it's demos, EPs and compilations. In the past, these Canadian thrashers weren't about epic-length songs but rather bing-bang-thank-you-mam short and speed thrashfests, and they continue on the same path here since this album contains eight songs clocking in at just under 32 minutes.
After such a long time—30 years or so—since their last recording, the first question that comes to mind is whether they still got it. Well. Fear not. Damnation is My Salvation is just as raw, fast, in-your-face and aggressive as a lot of their past material. The production is raw and somewhat old school, but it nonetheless packs a lot of punch and this stuff comes out loud and heavy. Low, vicious vocals that shred your mind to pieces, wicked-fast, pounding drumming and old-school raw, savage guitar riffage that reminisces of the best fast speed/thrash of the mid-80s, all glued together with a brutal and sometimes evil-sounding atmosphere. Three songs are re-recordings of some of their classics: "Frozen God", "Deadly Mantis" and "Witches Hammer", and the fact that they fit so seamlessly with the five new tracks is further proof that Witches Hammer haven't lost the magic touch that turned them into a cult band.
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