|Review: Shadow Witch - Sun Killer|
Label: Snake Charmer Coalition
Year released: 2016
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 6, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (3 Votes)
When I spun the "Blitzkrieg" and "Blood on the Vine" from Shadow Witch's Sun Killer album I thought I was on to some really cool NWOBHM/Traditional Metal and the topics of war and battle had me briefly thinking of epic stuff like Manilla Road. Even the cover has a cool "sword and sorcery" vibe. Sadly, the rest of the album is little more than stoner/groove music that has more in common with a Danzig-led Alice in Chains than with early 80s Heavy Metal. Sure there are some cool riffs here and there and the grooves are worthy of a foot tap or two but most of the songs end up sounding like all the others, as is common with stoner bands. They focus on the heavy more than on the songwriting a lot of times. On the whole, Shadow Witch just flirts with Heavy Metal and their stoner tendencies win out more often than not. Beware; the band name doesn't necessarily mean the music you think it does.
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