Review: Burning Witches – Burning Witches

folderWritten by Rainer Kerber

Burning Witches was founded in 2015. Half a year ago the five girls from Brugg, a small town in the Swiss canton of Aargau, published a strictly limited demo single. What the musicians delivered was impressive. Naturally, it aroused curiosity about the debut album of the five burning witches. Meanwhile, the album has been released and Burning Witches celebrated the “CD-Baptism” in Zurich, in the hall of the youth culture house “Dynamo.” More shows in Switzerland and also in Germany and Luxembourg have already been announced. It is to be hoped that the band will sometimes go to the far north of Germany.

The first two songs ‘Black Widow‘ and ‘Burning Witches‘ could already be heard as a sample on the 2016 demo of the band, but Burning Witches was just getting started. In ‘Bloody Rose‘ (and also some other songs) you can hear Seraina Telli growl very angrily. And the guitar duo Romana Kalkuhl and Alea Wyss fire off riffs in best NWOBHM tradition, but also shine with brilliant guitar solos in between. Of course, the witches can also be different. Example? ‘Dark Companion‘ starts as a ballad with sensitive vocals by Seraina. She also shows this in the power ballad ‘Save Me.‘ Here she changes between a sensitive and powerful voice. Accompanied by guitars that seem to sing. Magnificent!

But then Lala Frischknecht really sticks to their battery. The ‘Creatures Of The Night‘ were unleashed. The pumping bass by Jay Grob provides the deep counterpart to the high sharp screams of the singer, strongly reminiscent of Rob Halford. ‘The Death List‘ is a true high-speed wrecking ball, in which very melodic vocals and guitar parts are also heard. The bouncer ‘Jawbreaker‘ is melodic hard rock with airplay quality. Both guitar players throw the melodious balls at each other. A real anthem to roar together.

In my review for the demo single I wrote: “Much can be expected of these five girls in the future,” and Burning Witches have fully met my expectations with their album debut. Hard-hitting power and speed metal is presented on the album, enriched with quieter and more emotional song material. The band breathes new life into the metal scene. I might go out on a limb, but for me the Burning Witches are the newcomers of the year 2017. 9/10

BURNING WITCHES – Burning Witches: https://youtu.be/lzVFvpi4PeI

Lineup:

Seraina Telli – Vocals
Romana Kalkuhl – Guitars
Alea Wyss – Guitars
Jay Grob – Bass
Lala Frischknecht – Drums

Label: self distributed

Out: May 27th 2017

Duration: 45:18

Track list:

  • Black Widow
  • Burning Witches
  • Bloody Rose
  • Dark Companion
  • Metal Demons
  • Save Me
  • Creatures Of The Night
  • We Eat Your Children
  • Creator Of Hell
  • The Deathlist
  • Jawbreaker
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