|Review: Bewitcher - Bewitcher|
Label: Divebomb Records
Year released: 2016
Review online: November 20, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
There are a lot of bands out there today working the Black/Thrash/Speed angle pioneered by Venom, Possessed and others. Portland, Oregon's Bewitcher have zeroed in on the formula as well as any of them on their self-titled debut. The band banged out a couple of demos previously and obviously used that experience to perfect their blend of Motörhead's punky, melodic speed and Venom's ebullient Satanism and NWOBHM looseness. This style is simple on the surface; play fast, loose and sing about evil shit, but when you combine it with vicious hooks and classic riffs like Bewitcher has it rises to another level. Tracks like "Speed 'til You Bleed" and "Harlots of Hell" just demand you break out the air guitar and fucking thrash. If you've ever wondered what Black Metal would have sounded like with a decent production, then grab a copy of Bewitcher. Hell, even if you've never wondered that, grab this album, it kills. Lay down your souls to the gods Rock and Roll!
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