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Review: Hellwitch - Annihilational Intercention
Annihilational Intercention

Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2023
Duration: 41:11
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: June 13, 2023
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Annihilational Intercention

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (4 Votes)

Hellwitch are among the most consistent of the legendary underground bands in the U.S., with masterwitch Patrick Ranieri never once compromising his vision of savage, intricate death/thrash since his start in 1984. Annihilational Intercention is their latest album, released a whopping 14 years after the killer Omnipotent Convocation, and the only real difference to be heard is that Hellwitch just keep getting angrier with age, making this release as brutal and refined as a honed, jagged blade. This collection of morbidities is as complex and aggressive as you'd expect, and Pat's standout demonic vocals haven't aged a day, but really, no one else sounds remotely like Hellwitch, so each release just sees them taking the throne from themselves for themselves yet again. Of particular note is the song "Anthropophagi," which actually starts out calmer than average with a borderline black metal opening that sinks into a moody acoustic section with hellish growls before knocking down hell's gates and sending forth all the frenzied Hellwitch madness we love, but every track on here is a face-ripper the likes of which only Hellwitch can truly make. With the long wait between albums, I never know if the next one we get will end up being a swansong, but if this is it, then it's exactly the one these Floridian masters deserve. Awesome.

Other related information on the site
Review: Omnipotent Convocation (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
Review: Syzygial Miscreancy (reviewed by Larry Griffin)
Interview with guitarist and vocalist Patrick Ranieri on April 2, 2012 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with guitarist and vocalist Patrick Ranieri on April 16, 2023 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Patrick Ranieri on March 9, 2015 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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