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The Vision Bleak
The Witching Hour
October 2013
Released: 2013, Prophecy Productions
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Germany’s pioneers of Horror Metal certainly know how to make metal music sound evil with their fourth album. ‘Witching Hour’ opens with full use of the tritone aka: the ‘devil’s note’, to begin a full barrage of eerie bliss for anyone in love with Vincent Price or fans of gothic metal outfits like Poisonblack and Paradise Lost.



The Vision Bleak have certainly matured in their ability to put creepy storytelling to music by mixing in riffs reminiscent of The Misfits and The Damned on ‘A Witch is Born,’ and even adding in pagan instruments like Pan Pipes on ‘The Blocksberg Rites.’ ‘The Wood Hag’ opens with a harpsichord, showing that the German duo have been consulting the history books to bring us a very deep and spine tingling symphony of all things folklore and speculative. Vocals wise, we have a unique mix of ghostly characteristics and some high pitched screaming which might attract Black Metal lovers.



If you’re a keen fan of Horror Punk and 80s Goth Rock you’ll thoroughly enjoy this album’s fine mix of sublime melodies and fast paced riffs which make it ideal listening if you want something to chill out to or if you’re expecting everyone to dance at your Halloween party. The catchy choruses and ambitious tempo changes will amaze you more times than expected when you slip this album into your hi-fi system.



Review by Demitri Levantis
Track Listing

1. Witching Hour
2. A Witch is Born
3. The Blocksberg Rite
4. Cannibal Witch
5. The Wood Hag
6. Hexenmeister
7. Pesta Approaches
8. The Valkyrie

Lineup

Konstanz – Vocals, Drums, Keyboards
Schwadorf – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards

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