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Witchery
In His Infernal Majesty's Service
Type: CD
Company: Century Media
Release: 2016
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 1/5/2017
A welcome return from these Swedish black thrashers
Sweden black thrashers Witchery have been on a six-year hiatus since last studio effort 'Witchkrieg'. Since then the act has replaced the drummer and vocalist. Christofer Barkensjo (ex-Carnal Forge) takes over behind the kit for Martin Axenrot and singer Emperor Magus Caligula (Magnus Broberg) is replaced by relative unknown Angus Norder (Nekrokraft). The group stay on the Century Media label and employ Dug Out Studio (drums), Eleven Studios (strings) and Dead Sparrow Studio (vocals) to put 'In His Infernal Majesty's Service' together. How much different is this approach? Not much has changed really. This is still solid mid-tier thrash metal from what amounts to a "studio band". Songs like "Netherwold Emperor" and "Gilded Fang" showcase frosty thrash with blast beats, unholy screams of anguish and a frenzied pace that keeps the mopheads...well, mopping up the mosh. The mid-paced groove mash is still what I consider the best of the band’s output. You can hear that in meaty slabs like "Nosferatu" and "Escape from Dunwich Valley". There is some raw punk aggressiveness to some of the songs as well, notably "Empty Tombs". Overall another decent offering from a band that few have been talking about lately.
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: WITCHERY
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Don't Fear The ReaperWitchery
2006
Eric Compton3/31/2006
In His Infernal Majesty's ServiceWitchery
2016
Eric Compton1/5/2017
WitchkriegWitchery
2010
Eric Compton7/14/2010
WitchkriegWitchery
2010
Greg Watson7/14/2010


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