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Review: Witchery - Symphony For The Devil
Symphony For The Devil

Label: Necropolis Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 46:59
Tracks: 12
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: October 7, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 3.86/5 (77.14%) (21 Votes)

Witchery is a band that in all reality needs no introduction since they have pretty well known in the underground metal scene ever since their inception back in 1998. Since that time this has been a pretty busy bunch of guys with 2 full-length albums and a mini album in the space of 2 years. I will probably get a few people upset at me for the next statement but to be completely honest the band never really impressed me that much. The music wasn't bad but it did fade from my memory rather quickly. However after listening to this album for the first time the first thought that came to mind was "Fuck yeah, this shit kicks some major ass!!!". This of course is a purely professional opinion…:)

I always felt with their previous efforts that the biggest thing that was lacking was the song structure and the general flow of the songs. Although the talent of the musicianship was undeniable it always felt to me that the songs seemed a little disjointed. It seemed like the songs in some cases were just haphazardly thrown together. This has all changed with this release. The songs are all extremely well crafted and the flow of the songs is just excellent. I would even go so far as to say this might be some of the best material principal songwriter Patrik Jensen has ever written and that is saying quite a bit if you consider the man's background..:) Another highlight would be the excellent production on this album. Every instrument can be easily heard and the bottom end provided by Sharlee D'Angelo just makes this sound like it could cave your chest in.

Overall I would say that if you are a fan of Witchery or thrash metal in general you would absolutely love this album. Plain and simple this is the album that Megadeth fans were hoping for, namely kick ass thrash metal played with anger and aggression. In my opinion this is the best thrash album I have heard all year and is in my top five of any album to come out this year. Pass this one by at your own risk. Highly Recommended.

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