|Review: Hellwitch - Omnipotent Convocation|
Label: Vic Records
Year released: 2022
Originally released in: 2009
Review online: March 3, 2023
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)
Hellwitch is a band that's been around off and on since the mid-80s and, well, when Vic Records bothers to reissue something, I tend to pay attention. The album didn't quite grab me on the first few listens, largely due to the vocals, a clean yet raw high-pitched thrashy scream that takes some getting used to. The band plays death metal that's really tiptoeing on the fence with thrash, something that can be said of a lot of early death metal bands. You get those squealy guitars that are common in the Florida scene, but the vibe is really more than of "goofy" thrash from the old days, meaning that it doesn't leave you with the idea that they're invoking demons or what have you. They tend to get on the technical side of things as well, which makes for a kind of double-personality album. I can't say I love this, but it's varied and there's enough good stuff here to keep you entertained.
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