|Review: Wicca - Splended Deed|
Label: Bleeding Chainsaw Records
Year released: 2008
Originally released in: 1989
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: February 15, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (12 Votes)
Another 80s underground Thrash album re-issued, Splended Deed is somewhat entertaining but not particularly remarkable. This is on the "clean" side of 80s Thrash, with a lyrical content that some call "CNN Metal" - mostly revolving around political and social themes, with a couple of exceptions. The music is mostly mid-paced, but with a good number of passages that are halfway between mid and fast-paced. Things flow pretty well, with only the last song sticking out as "out of place"; it is a demo version added as a bonus track on this reissue. What distinguishes most songs is the vocal work, which ranges from "alright" to "annoying" (see the chorus on "Mirror Never Lies" - I want to beat the living crap out of the vocalist every time I hear it.) This guy has a voice that is both somewhat annoying but also addictive at the same time - it's a bit unruly, not really following any "standards" (if there really is such a thing.) It does fit the music, but at the same time it sticks out as one of the most remarkable features of the album.
This is rather standard late 80s Thrash - even back then this didn't really have anything to make it stand out in the crowd. Don't get me wrong - it is good overall, with a few catchy parts here and there and enough headbangable moments to make it enjoyable and worth checking out - it's just nowhere near essential. But with that said, this is a sound that many - including me - can't seem to get enough of, and for this warrants at least a quick look by die hards of the genres.
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