Deathwitch - _Triumphant Devastation_
by: Drew Snow (
In all the promos and talk about this CD that I've seen, they've been described as being very "old-school" in their approach. Well, if this is indeed old school, then I'm sorry I missed the days of early 80s metal! Replete with cheesy lyrics, screamed vocals, great song titles ("Infernal Gates of Evil", anyone?), and surprisingly good music, this release reeks of attitude and metal machismo. How can you listen to lyrics like "Under the flag of black death, we shall rule the world!" without a smile of knowing satisfaction crossing your face? Just about every one of the twelve songs presented here contains some kind of not-so-subtle evil imagery, and although the actual compositions might not be the most complex to ever grace your ears, they still are enjoyable, if only because they will make you laugh. If Deathwitch intended this to be a serious release, then I guess I'll be expecting some of Satan's minions to come devour my soul any day now. However, if it was only intended as an original tribute to early 80s metal, then mission accomplished.
(article published 2/1/1997)
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