Portland, Oregon's Bewitcher have returned with a new recording which continues their mixture of black, thrash and speed metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Under The Witching Cross" which will be released in May by Shadow Kingdom Records.
A very dark and ritualistic sound starts off the album before going into a very fast musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly black metal screams that mix both the first and second wave style together while the riffs also add in elements of thrash and speed metal.
A lot of the music is very heavily rooted in the 80's and early 90's while also sounding very modern at the same time. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic yet old school style.
At times the music also captures the energy of punk rock along with some melody also being utilized at times. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them while one track also adds in a brief use of spoken word parts as well as some of the riffing and leads also showing an influence of traditional metal in some part of the music, the closing track also introduces acoustic guitars onto the recording which is also an instrumental. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover hedonism, heathenism, witchcraft and satanism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Bewitcher and if you are a fan of black, thrash and speed metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Savage Lands Of Satan" "Heathen Woman" and "Rome Is On Fire". 8 out of 10.