Wicca - _Splendid Deed_
(Bleeding Chainsaw, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
This is the re-mastered version of Wicca's one and only album, originally released in 1989. Perhaps in 1985 when they formed, 'Wicca' was a loaded term that conveyed images of pagan rites and devil worship, but today's stereotype of a witch as the ostracised and disaffected goth girl is at odds with this testosterone laden and hate filled missive.

Unwise name choices aside, Wicca deliver eight songs of speed / thrash metal, a rubbish outro and an obligatory bonus song in the form of "Sad Song" that could and should have been omitted. Wicca's output has been low, but surely a demo track, which is presumably just as rare but with better production, could have been used?

Despite their Teutonic origins, Wicca has more in common with the American thrashers than their kinfolk, but never reaching the heights of their contemporaries. With time, they may well have, but they split up shortly after the initial release, and with numerous classic thrash bands on both sides of the pond, it was easy for an album by an ephemeral thrash band to disappear in the metal miasma.

It sounds dated, it's essentially "speed thrashing kids" (to borrow the title of one of their songs) -- what more do you want?

Contact: http://www.wiccaattack.com

(article published 2/7/2008)

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