The fifth album of the Scandinavians is the first with new singer Legion (ex-Marduk, Devian). Their last album "Don't Fear the Reaper" was released some 4 years ago and it took some time for this new release. A lot of members are very busy in other bands (Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Opeth) too! They didn't do a promotion tour for that album, so it went out a bit like a candle and probably a lot of you didn't even notice that release. That Witchery is back on track is for certain. String King Kerry King was willing to contribute a brutal guitar solo on the opening track "Witchkrieg". A very brutal thrash-attack that begs for more.
We get more good songs with the rest of the tracks. Legion fits perfectly to the brutal thrash songs and his aggressive vocals sound as if he is in the band since the beginning. Other guests that appear on the album are Hank Sherman (3rd track), Gary Holt and Lee Altus (Exodus) on "The Leaver", Andy LaRocque (solo on "From Dead To Worse") and Jim Durkan (Dark Angel) - solo on "One Foot in the Grave". I'm quite sure the band would have succeeded without these guests too, but it always makes the record more interesting.
Slayer influences, Exodus kind-of riffs all molten into a Witchery style form the basis of this album. Sometimes fast, sometimes groovy, but it is thrash all the way.
If you like thrash with excellent axe-riffs and with good guitar solo’s, you can't neglect this new Witchery album and I suggest you pick up the limited edition, which has the track "Hung, Drawn and Quartered" (Raven) as a bonus, unfortunately enough they didn't put it on the promo I got.