MetalBite Review by Adam M on 2/20/2014
This is a platter of old school style death metal riffing and a great deal of energy. The amount of energy the band puts into this effort is the paramount aspect of the disc. The Swedish old-school heritage is present, but a thrash aspect similar to Havok
’s recent material is also to be found. This band at least equals Havok
easily, however, with a more exciting approach. The comparisons end there, though, because this is by far a more death-metal oriented release. The grimy style similar to Entombed
is bolstered by enhanced production over those early offerings. Fear not, however, because this is straight up the same old style that made Left Hand Path
such a fun listen. Recent fans of bands like Black Breath
should be nicely enraptured by the riffs on this release as well. There is a groove nature that is what this type of death metal is famous for and is performed in fine fashion here. “Raise Your Sword” is an example of a song that is built upon a main riff and feeds from it. There are many songs that stick in your head with a catchiness and this is among them.
The album is the type that will make you want to hit replay, but there isn't anything overly astonishing on display either. The simplicity is what prevents The Witchhunt
from being some truly phenomenal, but it is more than punishing and addictive enough to stay on your playlist for a while. Good song-writing and strong replay nature are heavily on display throughout this release.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.1 out of 10