Bewitcher – Bewitcher (Review)

BewitcherThis is the debut album from US black/speed metal band Bewitcher.

This is some heady old-school stuff. Mixing thrash, speed, heavy, and first-wave black metal influences into its delivery, this album is designed to get you headbanging.

Blackened, thrashing, rocking metal ‘n’ roll might be a bit of a mouthful, but its as good a description as any for what Bewitcher get up to across these 33 minutes. Imagine a mix of Venom, Motörhead, Bathory, Kreator, and Slayer; that’s how exciting and enjoyable this is.

Firmly rooted in the 1980s, Bewitcher operate as if the last few decades of music never happened. As the end result is so damn good, who am I to argue with their worldview?

Flitting between mid-paced and fast, the songs are sharp, blackened speed metal exemplars that really hit the spot. Authentic, honest, and free from pretence, the songs do exactly what they set out to do, and do it very well indeed.

Catchy, memorable, and with no small amount of depth, this is an album that’s way better than a lot of ostensibly similar ones. This is largely due to the songwriting skills of the band, as it sounds like a lot of love and care has gone into the crafting of these tracks.

There are some great solos included too, and I also really like the singer’s charismatic blackened croak.

Highly recommended and very enjoyable for anyone who wants a welcome trip back to the early days of metal.

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