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Review: Witchery - Dead, Hot and Ready
Dead, Hot and Ready

Label: Necropolis Records
Year released: 1999
Duration: 33:29
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: June 4, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (28 Votes)

Here we have another band I have heard a lot of talk about and I have finally broken down and bought one of their albums. Unfortunately I personally don't think this band is quite as good as other people had led me to believe. Don't get me wrong I don't think this band is awful but at the same time I don't think this band has anything to offer that will make this a must have.

Witchery's style is a kind of thrash/speed metal hybrid, which musically is well played, but there are more than a few indifferent tracks on this CD. I will freely admit there are some catchy riffs but there doesn't seem to be enough of them to make this CD stand out enough to recommend it. One of the overriding and biggest weaknesses to me was the vocals. Their vocalist Toxine has a pretty poor voice overall and add to that the fact he has extremely limited range and a one dimensional style and this leads to a rather bland feeling while giving this CD a spin. Thankfully the vocals are rather low in the mix and that kind of makes me wonder if this was done on purpose. Another complaint I have is the cheesy lyrics. I really wish bands would spend a little more time in this area of the songwriting process. I mean when all your lyrics seem to revolve around trying to be evil or ranting about hell and the devil you are really kind of limited in your lyrical content. I would rather listen to an instrumental album rather than be subjected aural drivel. With as much as I disliked the vocals to begin with the addition of very poor lyrics sure as hell didn't help my overall mood.

Overall maybe I am being a little harsh but it seems with all the other albums that I have bought lately this one just doesn't stand out. There are a few good moments here and there but this album kind of left me undecided. I would say if you can't find anything better at the shop go ahead and pick it up but I would suggest giving it more than just a casual listen before throwing down your money.

Track by Track

A Paler Shade of Death-7
The Guillotine-6
Full Moon-7
The devil and the damage done-7
Dead Hot and Ready-5.5
The Devil's Triangle-6
Call Of the Coven-7
On a Black Horse thru Hell-5



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