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You like Venom? - 65%

UltraBoris, December 16th, 2002

You'll dig the fuck out of this... this is a bit more polished, but just about sounds like old Venom or Bathory, complete with some of the Satanic overtones and whatnot. There are a few little throwaway tracks, but in general this is a very solid album, thanks to the competent songwriting of none other than David DeFeis and Edward Pursino (Virgin Steele)! Yes, it's the Noble Savage lineup! Want more correlation? See "Call for the Exorcist". Now see "The Fire of Ecstasy" from House of Atreus II!

The best tracks are probably "Death by Bewitchment', "Black Mass", or "Burnt Offerings", all quality examples of speed metal... there is a bit of a theme running through the first ten tracks, that of a witch trial and execution by ... you guessed it, burning at the stake. Good stuff. It's not EXACTLY black metal, for all you purists out there, but it's still quite enjoyable.

The last 6 tracks seem to be unrelated, especially the guitar bit "Megawatt Mayhem". But musically they are similar, they are all good rough speed metal in the old Venom sense, though much more tight musically and generally catchier. Overall, this is highly recommended, though it is a bit hard to find. I think it was re-released as a pirate by Old Metal Records or one of those....