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Witchery - Witchburner - 99%

Autumn_Twilight, August 12th, 2009

Witchery's second album is in fact an EP. Although their "full-length" albums are not much lengthier. Witchburner consists of four cover songs and three new Witchery songs.

The EP kicks off with a very good cover of Accept's "Fast As A Shark" classic and speeded up a little at the frontier of speed/thrash metal. Next comes a cover of W.A.S.P.'s "I Wanna Be Somebody", another 80's classic, and Witchery's version is almost as enjoyable as the original song, the vocals don't exactly fit the song, but you get over it with time. The third cover, Judas Priest's "Riding On The Wind", simply another kick-ass cover. The last cover song is Black Sabbath's "Neon Knights". Here the vocals are again something to get over, but, hell, what can I say, this cover is as good at the others on the album!

Now for the new songs. "The Howling" is the first one, and you can instantly recognize that this is original material from Witchery. Guitars, bass and drums that make them recognizable among hundreds of others. The song is very fast-paced, pretty trashy actually. "The Executioner" is next, another trashy one, actually a bit faster than "The Howling". The title track, "Witchburner" closes the deal, starting on some raw heavy guitar work. The song quickly builds up some speed to become almost as thrashy as the preceding songs.

This EP is really a joy to listen to. The only thing I regret is that they did not include the lyrics for the last three songs.

Outstanding Songs: "Fast As A Shark", "Neon Knights", "The Executioner", "Witchburner".