Witchery: Restless & Dead-1998.

Witchery is a Swedish extreme metal band, formed by former members of Satanic Slaughter in 1997. The current lineup consists of guitarists Patrik Jensen and Rickard “Rille” Rimfält, bassist Sharlee D’Angelo, vocalist Angus Norder, and drummer Chris Barkensjö.

Discography:

Restless & DeadFull-length1998
WitchburnerEP1999
Dead, Hot and ReadyFull-length1999
Symphony for the DevilFull-length2001
Don’t Fear the ReaperFull-length2006
WitchkriegFull-length2010
In His Infernal Majesty’s ServiceFull-length2016
I Am LegionFull-length2017
Sharlee D’Angelo
Bass (1997-present)
See also: Arch EnemyBlack EarthSpiritual BeggarsThe Night Flight Orchestra, ex-Illwill, ex-King Diamond, ex-Mercyful Fate, ex-Dismember (live), ex-Facelift, ex-Sinergy, ex-Firegod
Richard Corpse
Guitars (1997-present)
See also: ex-Seance, ex-Dawn (live), ex-Morgue, ex-Satanic Slaughter
Patrik Jensen
Guitars (1997-present)
See also: The Haunted, ex-Orchriste, ex-Seance, ex-Brujeria (live), ex-In Flames (live), ex-Machine Head (live), ex-Satanic Slaughter
Christofer Barkensjö
Drums (2016-present)
See also: LikMefisto, ex-Construcdead, ex-Face Down, ex-Kaamos, ex-The Resistance, ex-Blackshine, ex-Carnal Forge, ex-General Surgery, ex-The Curse, ex-Grave (live), ex-Nightrage (live), ex-Repugnant, ex-Serpent Obscene, ex-Mass Murder Agenda
Angus Norder
Vocals (2016-present)
See also: Nekrokraft, ex-Siberian (live), ex-Athory Emic

Past Members:

Micke PetterssonDrums (1997-1999)
See also: FreevilSeance, ex-Total Death, ex-Morgue, ex-Satanic Slaughter
Tony KampnerVocals (1997-2010)
See also: FreevilSeance, ex-Total Death, ex-Satanic Slaughter
Martin AxenrotDrums (1999-2016)
See also: BloodbathOpeth, ex-Blasphemous, ex-Morgue, ex-Nephenzy Chaos Order, ex-Decay, ex-Nifelheim, ex-Triumphator, ex-Satanic Slaughter, ex-Funeral Frost
LegionVocals (2010-2011)
See also: ex-Marduk, ex-Devian, ex-Ophthalamia, ex-Blackgoat (Swe), ex-Elizium, ex-RebelAngels
Emperor Magus CaligulaVocals (2011-2016)
See also: ex-Dominion Caligula, ex-God Among Insects, ex-Obscurity, ex-Dark Funeral, ex-Demonoid, ex-Hypocrisy, ex-Votary
Songs
1.The Reaper02:19  Show lyrics
2.Witchery03:06  Show lyrics
3.Midnight at the Graveyard03:32  Show lyrics
4.The Hangman04:00  Show lyrics
5.Awaiting the Exorcist03:18  Show lyrics
6.All Evil03:21  Show lyrics
7.House of Raining Blood03:46  Show lyrics
8.Into Purgatory04:05  Show lyrics
9.Born in the Night05:11  instrumental
10.Restless & Dead03:03  Show lyrics
 35:41 

1 Comment

  1. Sweetie, May 22nd, 2018

    Boy oh boy what an offering we have here! Witchery are a gift from the fiery depths of Hell in the form of a somewhat rare burst of metal. While I have basically no interest in black metal, the golden exception is the stern burning fury known as blackened thrash! Though less common than its twin brother blackened death, it’s well deserving of appraisal, and Restless & Dead could not be a finer example to pull out the intensity that lies within. Witchery were anything but dead back in 1998, collecting a large amount of speed metal riffs and thrashtastic crunch, with a blackened gradient all packaged into thirty five short minutes of gold!

    It may seem rather cut and dry, but there is far more than just thrashy riffs with throatier vocals than the typical thrash. In fact, there’s a large amount of straight up rock ‘n roll melody construction reigning over this entire release. Take tracks like “The Hangman” or “All Evil”, and look beneath the battering drum kicks and harsher distortion. There lies clear ’70s hard rock influence that mixes with the neck-breaking speed like peanut butter and jelly! Very reminiscent of Eddie Van Halen riffing without the ridiculous shredding and tap-happy extras. This also shines through with the surprisingly clear production. With crunchy guitars like this, elements of such tend to get shadowed out, but whoever produced this did a fabulous job with the mix, and every instrument can fully showcase what they were meant to do. All of this assists in giving it a melodic feel, and creating a greater purpose that’s far superior to regular black metal, in my humble opinion. Clean guitars are very seldom, and are used only for the purpose of transitions (and good ones indeed).

    Hold onto your horses, because there’s more to come. Vocally, it’s very shriek-oriented and and steers clear of clean singing. What makes it stand out is the fact that it’s not incomprehensible, and there’s a clear sense of rhythm. Now and again, it will toss in some gutturals, which I’m typically not a fan of, but their subtlety and the already present diversity makes it alright. Slower, doom ridden tracks also make some appearances here and there, but the thrashy forefront doesn’t allow this to sink in very much. Most importantly, none of this needs to be overly complex. When all is said and done, there’s no outstanding time signatures, no super impressive solos, and nothing that stands out regarding technicality. It hardly needs that though. The ability to pull off all of these styles into one blender makes it unique enough, and adding such toppings would overcrowd it and ruin it. The stripped down, punky approach to the song-writing is what keeps it great, and acts as the glue to hold the blackened thrashy doom ‘n roll sturdily in tact. The inclusion of “Born In The Night” is somewhat redundant, as it’s a five minute instrumental that lacks most of these ingredients. With records that aren’t centered around strong technicality, it’s prone to act as filler. A very forgivable trip-up, though.

    Ultimately, this is the shining star that came from the black metal movement. It ripped all of the great aspects of other genres and managed to fit it into a short amount of time, allowing little space for filler. There’s not an overly “scary” horror feel, and it comes off as more fun than eerie, despite what the image and track titles may suggest. Don’t let that turn you away, though. Any scuffs can be easily overlooked. Restless & Dead is fully worthy of a listen, and an essential to any fan of black, thrash, doom, punk, or rock ‘n roll! This is how simple structure is still truly made unique.

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