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Review: Bewitched - Rise Of The Antichrist
Rise Of The Antichrist

Label: Osmose Productions
Year released: 2002
Duration: 32:54
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: June 1, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Rise Of The Antichrist

Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (7 Votes)

Here's a band that gets what I consider to be a bit too much of bad press. Sweden's Bewitched are not the most innovative band around, but they usually deliver the goods. This latest release is pretty much in the same Black/Thrash vein as bands such as Dekapitator and Desaster (although I consider those two to be quite superior), pretty much a non-stop aural assault with a damn good overall beat (lots of headbanging ;)). There aren't too many memorable pieces however, the one that stands out the most being the title track. I also can't shake the feeling that some of the songs were just thrown in at the last minute and don't really fit in too well with the rest of the album - a minor detail, mind you, but I found it annoying from time to time.

The vocals are pretty good, kind of harsh and solid thrash vocals, without going into growls or screeches either - most people should at least find them tolerable. Musically, nothing "new" or out of the ordinary, but still pretty damn effective thrash, with solid guitars and drums. Grab a beer and headbang. I just wish it were a bit longer, 33 minutes being a little too much on the short side. This is in no way a contenter for a top 10 of the year, but it's a very entertaining release and in the end, that's what counts. Recommended to those into Black/thrash especially, but those into more traditional thrash may find something they like here as well.

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