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Last Tribe - Witch Dance (8/10) - Sweden - 2002

Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: Frontiers Records
Playing time: 57:21
Band homepage: Last Tribe

Tracklist:

  1. The Gathering
  2. Witch Dance
  3. Messenger
  4. Bring Out The Brave
  5. Wash Your Sins Away
  6. Behind Your Eyes
  7. Wake Up The World
  8. Man Of Peace
  9. The Eternal Curse
  10. Agadir
  11. Dreamer
Last Tribe - Witch Dance
I don't even have to look where these four guys come from, because the sound is unmistakeably Swedish. And the gentlemen Karlsson, Bengtsson, Löwgren and Salazar, of course, are from there as well.

"Witch Dance" is the second album by the band and the debut "The Ritual" already had received great reviews all over. I personally do not know it, but when listening to "Witch Dance", then I think that I understand what they meant.

Melodic Metal of highest quality is delivered here, with a very well balanced mixture of feeling and heaviness, with a good hand for the essential, namely well flowing songs with good arrangements and just as much progressiveness as needed to give the whole thing the necessary spice. That main-songwriter and guitarist Magnus Karlsson at least has heard the name Malmsteen is not to be denied, but in this case this cannot be held against him.

Rather the contrary, because Karlsson uses his skills only for the good of the songs, not even trying to push to the foreground. Very good examples for this are the title-track, the very catchy "Messenger", "Man Of Peace" and the Arabic/oriental instrumental "Agadir", which all feature very good and varied Melodic Metal.

Of course we all have heard a lot coming out of this style, but when it is as balanced and fresh as in the case of LAST TRIBE, then any genre-fan can only lift both thumbs up high!

Alexander Melzer



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