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Review: Witchking - Hand Of Justice
Hand Of Justice

Label: Insanity Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 47:09
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 15, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Hand Of Justice

Rated 3.56/5 (71.11%) (9 Votes)

If you like your metal straight up, no ice, no fruit, no little umbrella, then Witchking's Hand of Justice is for you. Sticking to the classic instrumentation of two guitars, vocals, bass and drums, Witchking simply play metal. Nothing flashy. The musical style is similar to Wolf: classic 80s riffing and solos with a more modern production.

Singer Tom "the Storm" Twardowski has a great voice for this type of music. He has a gruff mid-range delivery for most of the songs but is able to let loose a Ripper Owens-like wail upon command. The rest of the band are competent musicians. Where Witchking lag behind bands like Wolf is in the songwriting. While most of the songs are fun to listen to, they leave no lasting impression. They just kind of flow from one to another without much to distinguish the individual tracks. There are some standouts like "The Third One" which starts with an evil laugh and has a great chorus, and "M Impact" where Tom The Storm delivers some ear-piercing screams. The rest of the album is fairly generic.

With some better songs, Witchking could really be a force in the metal world. Pick up Hand of Justice and you won't be disappointed, you just won't be blown away either.

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