Battlewitch - Untitled
Thanks to the vocalist Mazz (sorry missed a z in the live review!) for
the CD. Eight tracks here, 7 studio and one live.
Like Hospital Of Death's "Beer
Bitches Blood" this CD will not prepare you for just how
good they are live. Mazz sends himself up hysterically and for a three
piece plus vocalist they have a really big sound. Musicianship is good
and they are tight as a band. This CD is worth having as a reference,
but go and see them live and enjoy!
- Doom Or Die. Classic/power metal, very formulaic
but good fun. Chorus gets a bit irritating due to the large amount
of repetition, otherwise a solidly played opener with great vocals.
- Fyredroyde. Laid back intro, drums initially then
bass joins in before the opening riff kicks in. Do I detect a Maiden
influence to the main riff? Lyrics are wildly over the top. Another
- Children Of The Wytch. Well structured song with
a fabulous bass sound. Like the double snare hit throughout the verse.The
pre-chorus riff has almost been lifted from Megadeth's Peace Sells
album - you'll know the riff when you hear it! Insane lyrics, I was
trying to keep a straight face most of the way through this one!
- Thee Last Sabbath. Power metal meets stoner this
track has a great overall groove. Bass and guitar solos towards the
end are quality.
- Dawn Of Ruin. Quicker tempo and rawer sounding
guitar work. Sleaze metal circa Appetite For Destruction G'n'R is
the closest reference point.
- Mountain. Stoner meets Southern boogie. Doesn't
do anything for me I'm afraid, well played as it is.
- Space Dragon Kronos. Maiden influence returns with
opening riff although there is a battle metal flavour sprinkled in
too. Excellent basswork during the complex opening. Riffs fly in from
all angles, some of the power riffs being particularly pleasing on
the ear, but I had the feeling at the end of it all that it hadn't
really developed or gone anywhere. Well played though!
- Tokyo Fever. Strange choice of track to showcase
their live abilities. Reminded me of Motorhead in a bizarre way. Then
of course you have the ubiquitous twiddly Maiden riff. Vocals sounded
like early Saxon. Curious finale to the CD.