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Album Review

This album, the fifth by long-running Swedish thrash act Witchery, is the first to feature new vocalist Legion, formerly of Marduk. That's in addition to the presence of Haunted guitarist Patrik Jensen, Mercyful Fate/Arch Enemy bassist Sharlee D'Angelo and Opeth's Martin Axenrot on drums. Witchkrieg is even more of an all-star affair than the band's previous output, though, as several tracks include guest guitar solos. The opening title track is augmented by some squeals from Slayer's Kerry King; "The God Who Fell from Earth" features D'Angelo's former Mercyful Fate bandmate, Hank Shermann; "The Reaver" brings in both Gary Holt and Lee Altus of Exodus; "From Dead to Worse" has a solo by King Diamond's guitarist, Andy LaRocque, and Jim Durkin of Dark Angel plays on "One Foot in the Grave." This gives the album a somewhat patchwork feel, as there's no dominant lead guitar style to augment the band's fairly basic thrash/death songs, but Witchkrieg is still a solid disc, and Legion's vocals add a pleasingly creepy/hostile vibe without pulling the band too much in the direction of black metal — he's doing a different thing here than he did with Marduk, and doing it well.


Formed: 1997

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

Sweden's Witchery was born in 1997 after Satanic Slaughter founder Ztephan Dark decided to fire his band, which then consisted of guitarists Patrik Jenson (of Seance and the Haunted) and Richard Corpse, vocalist Toxine, and drummer Mique. The four of them recruited bassist Sharlee D' Angelo of Mercyful Fate and immediately released Witchery's first album Restless and Dead. Witchery's riff-heavy style, hailing back to the melodic metal of the '80s, was well-received by both critics and fans. The combination...
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Witchkrieg, Witchery
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jun 01, 2010

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