Bewitched - _Diabolical Desecration_
(Osmose Prod., 1996)
by: Henry Akeley (
According to their bio, Bewitched's variety of "evil speed-rockin' Hell metal" could just as well have been done in '83. One thing's for sure: if I had discovered this album back then, when I was 14, I definitely would have played it often and loud. See, Bewitched have two basic goals: "to focus on old pioneering metal from the early eighties" and "to maintain genuine feelings of dirty and evil ROCK 'N' ROLL." I guess they do that pretty well, coming off as a pretty rocking cross between vintage Mercyful Fate and old Judas Priest. But these guys are cheesier: check out song titles like "Burnin' Paradise" and "Hard as Steel (Hot as Hell)". Still, the guitars sound great, and this CD showcases some pretty cool old-school metal riffs. The vocals, on the other hand, are annoyingly screechy, and they're not exactly blessed with the greatest lyrics either. In the end, I just can't get into this style. But big fans of early Mercyful Fate and similar-sounding bands might want to search these guys out.
(article published 6/9/1996)
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