Witch-Hunt - _Souls Enshrouded Fire_
(X-Rated, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (8 out of 10)
Though the first impressions created by the relatively lo-fi, badly balanced sound seemed to suggest Witch-Hunt were headed for another anti-climax (see their _Prophecies of a Great Plague_ EP [CoC #25]), _SEF_ as an album is actually pretty damned impressive. Witch-Hunt's breadth of expression and talent for melody-weaving and songwriting is almost as pleasantly free in its choice of expression as Gardenian's impressive _Soulburner_ [CoC #43] effort of last year. It all goes to show that time and effort can really pay off. Three years ago Witch-Hunt were easy to dismiss as a serious concern; now they are getting somewhere. It seems that it is once again necessary to forgive an underground act their rubbish name, some bad grammar and a terrible album cover, and instead concentrate on the music they make. _Souls Enshrouded Fire_ has individual merit and charisma. Lurking within its dark, obscure atmosphere there is considerable potential.

(article published 10/1/2001)

10/16/1997 P Schwarz 7 Witch-Hunt - Prophecies of a Great Plague
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