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Burning Witches

     
         
         
         
     
             
Burning Witches are an all female heavy metal band from Switzerland formed in 2015. Their self titled debut album was recorded in 2016 and released in 2017.    
             
If you're looking for a hard hitting and punchy, NWOBHM influenced heavy metal album, then look no further than the debut release from Swiss band Burning Witches. Echoing everything great about the NWOBHM, the album explodes into life with the blistering 'Black Widow'. Blazing a fiery trail of duelling guitars and galloping rhythms, 'Black Widow' is a barn stormer of an album opener and sets the tone for what is to come. Assuming a much heavier rhythm, 'Burning Witches' (the song) is a bombastic blast that has hints of legendary British icons Judas Priest fizzing from every twang and thump. The all female outfit from Switzerland are on to an immediate winner, with NWOBHM fans the world over drooling at what is blaring out of the speakers. The opening double salvo is some of the best traditional heavy metal I've heard this year, with the album continuing apace with the thundering 'Bloody Rose'. A vigorous and very heavy foot stomp, 'Bloody Rose' is a riff heavy romp of aggressiveness. The classic sound of the eighties heavy metal scene is still very much alive and in very capable hands. Eleven songs across a breath taking forty five minutes is cracking value and worth every single minute of your listening time.    
             
An atmospheric and mellow stroll sets 'The Dark Companion' on its way as it builds, crescendo like, to become a chugging hustle and bustle barrage. Head bangingly addictive, Burning Witches are delivering a cracking album of heavy metal, and one that is a must have addition to any NWOBHM fans collection. Catchy choruses accompany the infectious rhythms as song after song, the album just gets better and better. The sub three minute rampage 'Metal Demons' is all out NWOBHM...duelling guitars, galloping rhythms and a sing a long chant style chorus. Enter mellowness once again as soulful vocals breath life into the power ballad 'Save Me'. A time to sway from side to side and hold your lighters high as 'Save Me' swaggers on, becoming heavier and heavier as it progresses. 'Save Me' allows the listener a short breather, as 'Creatures Of The Night' explodes ferociously into life and takes on the mantle of speed metal as it thunders on at a blistering pace. A very catchy sing a long style chorus adds weight to the infectious rhythm and 'Creatures Of The Night' becomes a stand out highlight on the album.    
             
The rather demonic and unsettling title 'We Eat Your Children' is an anthemic and punchy mid tempo song, featuring the most powerful and menacing vocal performance heard on the album. Hard head nodding and violent foot stomping accompany 'We Eat Your Children' as it strolls on to an end. The return of pace and power sets 'Creator Of Hell' on a heavy path of savage riffs and thunderous drums, all the while retaining a certain melodic edge, keeping it catchy and appealing to fans of both the metal and rock genres. Hurtling towards the albums conclusion, speed metal takes centre stage with the scorching pace of 'The Deathlist'. The quickest song on the album, 'The Deathlist' borders on the thrash metal genre, with the chorus break stepping into the melodic heavy metal genre. 'The Deathlist' is a cracking song and a second stand out highlight. Bringing the album to a close is a superb cover of the Judas Priest classic 'Jawbreaker' (from their 1984 album 'Defenders Of The Faith'). Burning Witches have kept to the pace and power of the original and demonstrate their love for the NWOBHM scene by covering a song by one of the genres most influential pioneers. A great choice and an even greater end to a great album.    
             
Overall, heavily influenced by the eighties NWOBHM evolution, this album is packed to the rafters with blistering heavy metal, that is both catchy and infectious.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
Reviewed For Metal Gods TV    
             
             
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