DON’T FEAR THE REAPER
A Swedish all-star band of sorts (but then again, aren’t most Swedish metal acts all-star bands?) comprised of members of The Haunted and Arch Enemy, Witchery’s latest endeavor is a 14-track metal tour-de-force. While nearly not as engaging or hair-raising as the member’s main outfits, DON’T FEAR THE REAPER still manages to excite with a blistering barrage of instrumentals that slowly build to mighty slabs of metal like “Disturbing the Peace” and “War Piece”, as well as molten sung numbers like “Styx” and the relentless “Cannon Fodder”. Providing very simple yet very heavy nuggets of metal throughout, Witchery almost goes the Entombed route on this offering, unveiling a savage thrash assault intertwined with slower, groovier crushers guaranteed to hold you over until these guys return to their main projects. Horns up, indeed.