Witch-Hunt - _Prophecies of a Great Plague_
(X-Rated, 1996)
by: Paul Schwarz (7 out of 10)
A lot of good things have been said about _Prophecies..._ in the underground, and I'm happy to say, it's not all hype. Let's not kid ourselves, though: _Prophecies..._ is not a breakthrough in sound or songwriting. It has five tracks of well written and well played death metal - no more but also no less. The bulk of the music is similar to In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and other Gothenburg death metal (GDM) bands, but the music has more aggression and contains less melody. One of the best parts of _Prophecies..._ is its keyboard intro/outro; Witch-Hunt have written truly haunting arrangements which really complement the music. The production of the songs may be the thing which lets this release down: the drums are slightly too clacky and the vocals don't always come through well. For me, this is mainly let down by poor vocal and drum production, and I think Witch-Hunt will reach far greater heights on future releases. _Prophecies..._ certainly shows promise of better things to come.

Contact: X-Rated Records, c/o Mathias Kietzmann

(article published 16/10/1997)

1/10/2001 P Schwarz 8 Witch-Hunt - Souls Enshrouded Fire
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