Witches Sabbath - _New World Plague_
(Necromance Records, 2004)
by: Jackie Smit (6.5 out of 10)
Witches Sabbath's debut reminds me a lot of a low budget, independent film -- a director's first unfettered foray into showcasing his craft. Sensing the amount of passion and effort that has been ploughed into the work, you desperately want it to blow you away, but there's just one too many loose end, and one too many rookie blunder left for you to overlook to truly appreciate the end result. So it is with _New World Plague_. It is undoubtedly a truly commendable effort from a band who would most likely have produced this record on the thinnest of shoestring budgets, and still managed to deliver something so technically competent. Certainly, when their Myrkskog / Zyklon-style blackened death metal works, it can cut it with some of the best in the genre. Then come the cringingly ill-fitting clean vocals on "False Truth Falls", the monotonous tedium of "Silent Path to Die" and the hollow droning of "Legions of Death", and one is instantly reminded that this is the band's first effort and that Witches Sabbath still have a long way to go before they have truly tapped their impressive potential. To their credit however, despite its flaws this record is promising enough to convince anyone that when such a time comes, the Spanish underground scene may well be in for a boost of Polish proportions.

Contact: http://www.necromancemag.com

(article published 31/5/2004)


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