Witches Hammer are a band from Vancouver, B.C, Canada that has a history that goes back to the early 80's and on their earlier recordings played more of a mixture of thrash, speed and first wave black metal but evolved into more of a mixture of black, death and thrash metal after their reunion and this is a review of their 2020 album "Damnation Is My Salvation" which will be released in April by Nuclear War Now! Productions.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album while the faster sections of the music also bring in a great amount of blast beats. Vocals are mostly blackened metal screams while the solos and leads are done in a mid 80's to early 90's style while showing an influence of Morbid Angel.
Elements of thrash metal can also be heard in the guitar riffing while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. The riffs also add in a good amount of melody along with the music also adding in influences of death metal, growls are also utilized at times as well as all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them and all of the tracks also stick to a heavier direction and on one song the vocals also go for more of an 80's shouting style.
Witches Hammer plays a musical style that takes the 80's and 890's eras of black, death and thrash metal and mixes it with a more modern brutality to create a sound of their own. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism and Darkness themes.
In my opinion Witches Hammer are a very great sounding mixture of black, death and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Across Azeroth" "Frozen God" and "Nine Pillars". 8 out of 10.