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Seven Witches
Years Of The Witch (DVD)
May 2015
Released: 2006, Screaming Ferret
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Seven Witches is one of the harder working bands in the Metal underground. Formed in the late 90’s in the massive global resurgence in Power Metal, the band were grinding it out in the trenches for seven years before putting out this DVD.

YEARS OF THE WITCH is primarily a convert but there is a generous amount of bonus footage. The DVD doesn’t come with a booklet but it does have a really cool album cover. The concert runs for about an hour and 15 minutes. It is a crowded club gig with about four camera angles. The footage is slightly better than bootleg quality and there are some good edits. However there is a distinct lack of information about the concert. When was it shot? Where was it shot? Who was in the band? I can tell from experience and recognition that it is James Rivera on vocals and Joey Vera on bass but more thought should have been put into the presentation of the concert.

The bonus content is really cool. There is a short overview of the history of the band narrated by Jack Frost with some archival footage where he answers common questions about the origin of the band, ex-members and so on. There is well over half-an-hour of archival live footage. It is fan shot, bootleg quality but watchable. It’s cool to see the band with Joey Vera and Wade Black covering Grim Reaper! Another highlight is a long interview with Mark Gromen of BW&BK with some intelligent and insightful questions. There is also a 10-minute interview with their producer and friend, Don who takes about the technical side of the recording process.

My feeling is that this is a bit of a low budget DVD but it is a labour of love and a very personal statement from Jack Frost. His enthusiasm and energy are infectious and it all works. I’d love to see a bigger label spring for a higher quality, multi-camera HD shoot to capture the band now, almost 10 years later. Until then, YEARS OF THE WITCH is a great overview of this excellent band. It was released by Screaming Ferret which is now defunct so it may be increasingly hard to find this little out-of-print gem.
Track Listing

1. Open
2. Dance with the Dead
3. Apocalyptic Dreams
4. Metal Tyrant
5. The Answer
6. Johnny
7. Jam Session
8. Can't Find My Way
9. Incubus
10. Metal Asylum
11. Warmth of Winter
12. Camelot
13. Natures Wrath
14. Cries of the Living
15. Passage to the Other Side
16. Mental Messiah

Bonus Features

Story of the Witch
Interview with Jack Frost and Mark Gromen
The Man Behind The Music
Journey Through Camelot
Archived Concert Footage





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