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Symphony For The Devil SwedenCountry Of Origin: Sweden
Witchery - Symphony For The Devil

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MB Rating: 7.8
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User Rating: 7.8
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1.
The Storm
2.
Unholy Wars
3.
Inquisition
4.
Omens
5.
Bone Mill
6.
None Buried Deeper…
7.
Wicked
8.
Called For By Death
9.
Hearse Of The Pharaohs
10.
Shallow Grave
11.
Enshrined
12.
The One Within

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2001
Label: Necropolis Records
Categories: Thrash, Black, Speed
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7.8 out of 10 / 78 vote(s)


MetalBite Review by Tobias on 1/13/2002
Have you ever been slapped by a horned hand in the pale moonlight? Whether or not you have, Witchery is back to do you the favor. Symphony for the Devil is an old-school bone-yard romp performed with the insight of today’s talent.

The music of Witchery can have a couple of different effects; for some metallers, it will provide a hellfire fueled sense of dark glory and/or nostalgia, while perhaps for the younger of fans it will provide a new perspective how it can be done.

One of the best aspects of this album is the concept behind it, being that the atmosphere will best be set in place with simplicity and attitude. But do not mistake simplicity for a narrow range; the music is very dynamic even tossing in a couple of instrumentals, of which Bone Mill is my favorite.

But do not let my accolades blind the few flaws that do exist. While the music is mostly kickass rock-n-wraith metal, there are times when the tones become too familiar and the inverted luster seems to fade.

The blackened vocals of Toxine fit the bill very well, but I feel that this is the area that could use the most improvement. I wish there were a little more vocal talent exploitation for a more intense performance.

Bottom Line: A graveyard trouncing good time that all seems to be leading to a much larger party.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 8
Atmosphere: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 8
Overall: 7

Rating: 7.8 of 10