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Review: Witchunter - Crystal Demons
Crystal Demons

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2011
Originally released in: 2010
Duration: 43:22
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: May 8, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Crystal Demons

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)

This is another old-school band getting out their debut, and while nobody is happier than me to see more traditional bands getting attention, I think we need a pinch more quality control, because I am not about to take quantity instead. This album flashes some promise, but overall I don't really find it that enjoyable. Witchunter have some great guitar work on here, with hooky riffs and sharp leads highlighting the songs. The songs themselves are not bad, but they generally are just kind of messy, without much tightness or cohesion to the compositions.

The vocals of Steve DiLeo are a definite problem, as they are completely out of control, with his tone and key wandering all over the place as he switches without taste or any grace from a serviceable midrange gargle to a wailing, off-key high-pitched whoop that overpowers the entire landscape whenever he whips it out, which is a lot. His marble-mouthed and uninteresting delivery makes hash of the vocal lines and lyrics, while his muppet-like squeal ruins everything else. Are you getting the sense I don't like his vocals? Yeah, I really don't

With killer songwriting this could overcome such a bad vocal delivery, but this album is several steps down from brilliant, and adding terrible singing on top just nails the coffin shut. This band has promise, but they need serious work.

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