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01. Beyond the Permafrost
02. Fire From the Sky MP3 SAMPLE
03. Feast Upon Flesh
04. Forever in the Abyss
Reviewed by: Nick
// Published: 2/9/2007
Worship the Witch is the latest offering by the Ohio metal lovers who answer to the name of Skeletonwitch. This EP provides four solid tracks of thrash metal mixed with significant black metal and Iron Maiden influences that are, for the lack of a better descriptive term, simply entertaining.
Even the beginning seconds of the first big riff in the opening track, "Beyond Permafrost," display what's so great about Skeletonwitch: these guys just love metal, and it shows. Skeletonwitch could easily draw similarities to current thrash metal peers Municipal Waste in style and music mentality, although certain black and death metal influences allow the disc to achieve a different overall sound.Alternating death growls and high-pitched screams push the record vocally, and are an excellent complement to the thrash riffs and hard hitting drumming that provides the basis for the record.
Yet, I was actually relatively unimpressed with this EP the first few times I gave it a spin. The disc, although extremely solid in instrumentation and execution, really isn't anything overly original. Maybe it's just because I was expecting such a kick-ass band name to be accompanied by absolute greatness, but regardless, Worship the Witch has really grown on me and has become a mainstay in my recent listening rotation. And while many might be a little disappointed with the short length of the EP (it doesn't even break the 12 minute mark), I enjoy this disc for exactly what it is: a quick and potent dose of great thrash metal.
The raw sound on this disc is also a definite highlight. The overall production still maintains an appealing rough edge, yet proves to be versatile enough when Skeletonwitch chooses to stray from their standard thrash style, most notably in the dark and melodic intro of "Forever in the Abyss." Nothing on this disc is squeaky clean, but that's perfectly fine by me.
Bottom Line: Skeletonwitch's latest EP combines a lot of thrash with judicious use of black and Iron Maiden inspired metal to provide a short, but potent dose of metal created for metal lovers, by metal lovers. Although it might not be the most original disc, Worship the Witch should be quite appealing to fans of 80's thrash metal as well as those just looking for something new to throw some horns up to.
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