Power of Metal.dk Review

The Witchhunt
Style: Death Metal
Release date: 27 September, 2013
Playing time: 51:47

Paul Speckman needs no introduction and together with Alex Nejezchleba (guitar) and Zdenek Pradlovsky (drums) he has recorded this new (12th) Master album. More old school 'straight ahead' death metal than this is almost impossible to find if you ask me.

The songs sound like Motörhead on speed with a devilish Slayer attitude, early Venom influences and a portion of U.S. death metal. Add the sickening vocals of Paul (Cronos on pills) to it and you have the sound of Master. The riffs are catchy, the drums sound authentic and the songs are fast most of the times. "Waiting to Die" is a more mid-tempo song however and reminds me a bit of Asphyx, but with "The Parable" the tempo speeds up again. The song "God of Thunder" sounds like a death metal version of a Motörhead song and Slayer and Venom aren't far away in "Remove the Clowns". With the tenth song the tempo slows down again in the beginning, but then turns out to be a typical Master song where all the regular ingredients pass by.

With this album the pioneers of death metal show us that they still are far from redundant. The Master is back!

01. The Witchhunt
02. Plans of Hate
03. Another Suicide
04. Waiting to Die
05. The Parable
06. God of Thunder
07. Remove the Clowns
08. Raise Your Sword
09. Wipe Out the Aggressor
10. Manipulated to Exterminate
11. The American Dream
Label: FDA Rekotz
Distribution: Clawhammer PR
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 25 September, 2013
Website: www.master-speckmetal.net