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Seven Witches
Second War in Heaven
March 2000
Released: 1999, Massacre Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Joe

Yes, I know it’s been a year since this CD was released and that Seven Witches have a brand new disc coming out this month, but it was only recently that I managed to pick this one up. Like most people, I’m on a budget so I have to give all of my intended purchases different levels of priority and this CD (like several others) wound up near the bottom of the list. If I could only figure out a way to swindle that million bucks away from Regis Philbin, hehehe...

Anyway, cash flow (or lack of it) aside, Seven Witches is the new project of former Frostbite guitarist, Jack Frost (who also happens to be Chris Caffery’s substitute in Metalium). Completing the Seven Witches line-up are vocalist Bobby Lucas, drummer Brian Vincent, and bassist Billy Mez. (*ed. note: Frost is now Caffery’s full-time replacement and Brian Vincent has been replaced by John Osbourne of Dr. Butcher/Metalium.) The band’s performance overall is very good, although I really think Frost holds back quite a bit in the guitar department. Logic says that he’s capable of delivering better solos, or else he never would have gotten the gig with Metalium. (Let’s all hope that ol’ Jack decides to "let loose" on the next CD, City of Lost Souls.)

I ordered Second War In Heaven after hearing a MP3 sample of "Dying Embers". It finally arrived in my mail box after a rather lengthy wait of 5 or 6 weeks (Damn back-orders!). Obviously I was anxious to hear it after all that time, so I kept my fingers crossed that Seven Witches’ music was worth the wait.

At first I was somewhat disappointed. Some of the songs were good, like "Camelot" and the already mentioned "Dying Embers", but others such as "Nightmare (The Devil Inside)" and "Bewitchment" failed to have any impact on my musical sensibilities. But despite the initial disappointment, there was something about Seven Witches that made me keep putting their CD back into my stereo on a semi-regular basis, and after a few more listens all of the songs started to grow on me.

Some of the better tracks (in addition to "Dying Embers" and "Camelot") are "Seven Witches", "Scarlet Tears" and the title track. "In a Small Child’s Room" isn’t too bad either, but no matter how many time I hear it, I’m always reminded of "I’m leaving You" by the Scorpions (Go put on your copy of Love At First Sting if you don’t believe me...). Also, the band includes a "metal-ized" version of Fleetwood Mac’s "The Chain" as well as a cover of "Metal Daze" by Manowar. So if you happen to be a fan of "no frills" metal in the vein of Black Sabbath and Manowar, Seven Witches just might be a band of interest.
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