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Seven Witches
Year of the Witch (Sanctuary Records)

By: Mike SOS

American power metal troupe Seven Witches is a project known for having many guests in its ranks, and Year of the Witch is no exception, boasting the low-end skills of both Joey Vera and Dave Ellefson. Yet this time around, the same core members return, a first for Jack Frost's clan. And these guys have created a swift metal assault in the process: throughout the entire 14 tracks, the sound of Seven Witches have an old school tone with some heavier elements a la Priest and Megadeth chiming in. This is especially evident on fast tracks like "Fires Below" and the soon-to-be metal anthem "Metal Asylum", a track chronicling the history of metal and its legends with lyrical homage to everyone from Ozzy to David Lee Roth. Providing pure power metal sans any trace of disgrace, Seven Witches is a metal band you can proudly bang your head to and not worry about the band getting sappy or exploring new ground on your ass, and isn't that a good thing to have in metal these days? If you dig Dio, Queensryche, Neverrnore, and Dokken, you'll love the real metal styling of Seven Witches, whose latest CD is definitely its best to date.
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