"Under the Spell" (Heavy Artillery Records; 2011)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Spellcaster sounds like Metal Church and early Queensryche. This band has got a great sound because the music is fast-paced and the guitar rips in and out with riffs and solos that will cause your earlobes to wiggle with delight. Even though heavy metal has been buried for a while it's bands like Spellcaster that refuse to let daisies grow atop the mound of dirt heaved on by every sub-genre who owns a shovel. Heavy Metal owns the axe so get back and stay back!

Guitar players will marvel at the sounds coming out of the gitfiddle here. You'll wonder where this sound has been and when you'll be able to hear more of it. Well, this is the first release from Spellcaster and, much like their galloping guitar sound, these guys have no plans to slow up until all have heard their metal opus. I recommend listening to this guitar-laden beast at least three times so you can absorb all the incredible guitar work.

Toward the end of this awesome disc you might think that Jag Panzer switched places with Spellcaster but you'd be fooled. From the first riff to the last, Spellcaster push forth their unmistakable brand of metal.

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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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