"Let There Be Witchery" (Metal Blade; 2022)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

A few years ago, I saw Midnight perform at a metal festival here in Ventura, CA. Their performance was one of the top highlights of the night. The band's incredible high energy, their raging rock'n'roll, the theatricality, the musicianship ... it was a great concert experience and turned me into an instant fan.

As I listen to the band's new album, "Let There Be Witchery," I am reminded of that festival and the band's amazing performance. "Let There Be Witchery" features the same high energy level, the same driving thrash drive, that I witnessed at the show that night. It's literally impossible not to get sucked into the band's world of driving guitars, aggressive, tortured vocals and relentless rhythms.

There are ten tracks on "Let There Be Witchery" and I'd love to tell you which ones are my favorites but, I swear, every track just kicks serious ass. For the most part, the songs are high-paced thrashers but the band slows things down on "More Torment," which still crushes, and features a brief but fiery guitar solo. And I love the guitar tone of "Devil Virgin," another slower-paced track. (Please be aware I'm saying "slower" and not "slow"). If you're looking for tracks that'll take your ears off, just give a listen to "Let There Be Sodomy" or  the opener, "Telepathic Nightmare." The higher the volume, the better.

I started this review with "Let There Be Witchery" getting a solid three-and-a-half guitarsaw rating. But the album just stopped playing again (the last track is "Szex Witchery") and I realized this album deserves even better. That's a full four-star rating for a band I can't wait to hear more from ... and can't wait to see live on stage again!

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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