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Witches Mark - A Grim Apparition (6,5/10) - USA - 2009

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Heaven And Hell Records
Playing time: 25:09
Band homepage: Witches Mark


  1. Salem’s Fire
  2. Cauldron-Born
  3. Ethereal
  4. A Grim Apparition

I saw someone comparing this CD to bands like METAL CHURCH and I think that is a rather good description. They play old-school Heavy Metal, but there are influences from Thrash and a dash of more extreme genres, as well. The drumming is very speedy at times, which gives the album a rough edge. Otherwise, the music goes on somewhere between mid-tempo and high tempo. Over this fairly distorted riffing is laid out and on the top we have vocals that are sometimes given a certain echo.


This EP is enjoyable throughout and the band never lacks ideas. The only real problem is that it seldom gives you those “wow-moments”. Overall, this is a solid record. The vocalist isn’t the best I have ever heard, but he certainly doesn’t annoy me and his deeper vocals fit the main sound very well. The placement of the vocal lines is also nicely done. The guitar- and bass-work is also incorporated well into the sound.


I recommend this to all fans of Heavy Metal that appreciate good ideas and don’t care much about the fact that the band has not perfected everything in the production and sound yet. This is a rough diamond and with some time I think that I could really appreciate a full-length debut album.

(Online March 12, 2010)

Adam Westlund

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