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Review: Witching Hour - Rise of the Desecrated
Witching Hour
Rise of the Desecrated

Label: Undercover Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 32:28
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Thrash


Review online: September 7, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
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Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (20 Votes)

With so many Black/Thrash bands already, I was expecting Witching Hour's debut to be just one among many. After listening to the album a couple of times I have to say that this kills in every way possible. Leaning more on the Thrash side of things, Rise of the Desecrated has everything that you want in a band of the genre: evil, aggressiveness, satanic lyrics, maniacal drumming and tons of riffs. Oh Yeah!!! The riffs, this record has them by the spades, all of them are fast and vicious as hell, they're pretty much a guarantee of a sore neck after half an hour of this shit. The vocalist spills out pure hatred in every verse and chorus. He sounds a little bit like K.K. Warslut but that is hardly a reason to complain at all. Another thing that I love about this album is that the bass is audible and an integral part of Witching Hour's sound.

The album contains no filler whatsoever; every song here has that undeniable charm attached to them and I can listen to the whole album without skipping any tracks. You want highlights, read the track list; from the title track to the last song "Cold Embrace" each one is good enough to stand out on its own. The only reason that I cannot give this a maximum score is that Witching Hour doesn't break any new ground at all. I've heard the stuff here before, but few bands have done it better than this one. I can easily recommend this to fans of Deströyer 666 or fans of Black/Thrash in general, and while it is not perfect it is one of the best albums I've heard so far this year. From now on this band is on my watch list and I can't wait to hear what they are going to do next.

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