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Rise of the Antichrist
June 2002
Released: 2002, Osmose Productions
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Wisco

If you’re like me and like your metal to display a healthy dose of 80’s influence, then Bewitched (the Swedish version) is a band you just got to check out. These guys effectively incorporate some of the best elements of 80’s classic, thrash and black metal (Venom, etc.) into their black attack. Old school riffs are combined with catchy choruses and killer solos. This is the simple formula that so many have forgotten. For the most part, we metalheads are a traditional lot and resist change (we’re the conservatives of the music world). Bewitched understand this. Ultimately, the somewhat tired cliche, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” perfectly sums up the Bewitched philosophy.

“Worship the Fire,” kicks off the album with a thunder clap, some sinister riffage and guitar solos galore, you gotta love it. Stuff like “Sacrificed in Flames” reminds me of those classic early thrash albums a la Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and the like. “Under the Spell” kicks off with a fast and thrashy lick and, within seconds, culminates in what sounds like a flash pot (i.e. stage explosion) going off. Little things, like the explosion effect, is what really pushes this album forward for me. Every song has something in it that takes me back--and what’s wrong with a little nostalgia here and there?!!

The production is neither super-polished nor too raw, which lends itself to the 80’s vibe. It seriously sounds like it could have come out 20 years ago. Some may scoff at that notion, but I revel in it. I say, keep the old school style alive. So, if you’re an old timer or a newbie who digs the old shit, check out RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST. It’s just the thing to get the ol’ head bangin’ again.
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