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torn, October 19th, 2005

Finally the comparisons to Blasphemy are justified. ‘Upheaval Of Satanic Might’, Black Witchery’s second full-length, is more chaotic than their previous releases, and is clearly the product of a band with absolutely no restraint.
Those who have already heard Black Witchery will know roughly what to expect from this album. If you’re new to the group, then imagine the primitive violence of VON mixed with the intensity of Revenge, and, on this release, more than a hint of chaos, a la Blasphemy.
The album starts with a couple of minutes of dark ambience and throaty screams before launching into a violent hyper-blast that only lets up during the intro to the title track, before blasting off again until the end of the album.
The production is raw and nasty, and leaves a lot of the guitar riffs indistinguishable from one another. This will put some people off, but Black Witchery have always given us audio-violence over substance.
The only track that disappointed me was the Blasphemy cover at the end of the album. It sticks out like a sore thumb, and doesn’t come close to matching the original. This minor flaw aside, however, Black Witchery prove once again that they’re up there with the best.