|Review: Witchery - Witchburner|
Label: Necropolis Records
Year released: 1999
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 12, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.24/5 (84.76%) (21 Votes)
Witchery's second album is in fact an EP... although their "full-length" albums are not much lengthier. Witchburner consists of four cover songs and three new Witchery songs.
The EP kicks off with a very good cover of Accept's "Fast As A Shark" classic.... speeded up a little, at the frontier of speed/trash metal. Next comes a cover of W.A.S.P.'s "I Wanna Be Somebody", another 80's classic, and Witchery's version is almost as enjoyable as the original song, the vocals don't exactly fit the song, but you get over it with time. The third cover, Judas Priest's "Riding On The Wind", simply another kick-ass cover. The last cover song is Black Sabbath's "Neon Nights". Here the vocals are again something to get over, but, hell, what can I say, this cover is as good at the others on the album!
Now for the new songs. "The Howling" is the first one, and you can instantly recognize that this is original material from Witchery. Guitars, bass and drums that make them recognizable among hundreds of others. The song is very fast-paced, pretty trashy actually. "The Executioner" is next, another trashy one, actually a bit faster than "The Howling". The title track, "Witchburner" closes the deal, starting on some raw, heavy guitar work - just great. The song quickly builds up some speed to become almost as trashy as the preceding songs.
This EP is really a joy to listen to. The only thing I regret is that they did not include the lyrics for the last three songs (they're on the web site), although there is some... hmmm... visual compensation when you take the CD out of the case :).
Two words: Get it.
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