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Burning Witches + Burning Alive

     
         
         
         
     
             
Burning Witches are an all female heavy metal band from Switzerland formed in 2015, who released their self titled debut album in 2017. The four song live E.P. 'Burning Alive' was released at the beginning of 2018, with the bands second album 'Hexenhammer' released at the end of 2018.    
             
Hot on the heels of 'Hexenhammer' comes a reissue of the bands first two releases, their debut album and live E.P. 'Burning Witches + Burning Alive' could be seen as a money spinner, capitalising on the success of 'Hexenhammer', as there is actually nothing new on offer here. Or it could just be a chance for fans new and old to have two separate releases packaged as one. Either way, for fans of the traditional foot on the monitor style of heavy metal, this album will keep your heads banging for a long time. The album explodes into life with a blistering double salvo of bombastic heavy metal, 'Black Widow' and 'Burning Witches' (the song) blazing a fiery trail of duelling guitars and galloping rhythms. 'Bloody Rose' is a riff heavy romp of aggressiveness, with the album moving into a more mellow vein with 'The Dark Companion'.    
             
The sub three minute rampage 'Metal Demons' is all out NWOBHM...duelling guitars, galloping rhythms and a sing a long chant style chorus. Power balladry graces the album in the form of 'Save Me'. A short breather to catch breath, before the explosiveness of the albums opening double salvo returns to the album with 'Creatures Of The Night', taking on the mantle of speed metal as it thunders on at a blistering pace, a definite stand out highlight on the album. The rather demonic and unsettling titled 'We Eat Your Children' is an anthemic and punchy mid tempo romp. Furious pace and roaring power takes 'Creator Of Hell' on a heavy path of savage riffs and thunderous drums, all the while retaining a melodic edge. Speed metal takes centre stage with the scorching pace of 'The Deathlist', bordering on the thrash metal genre, and is a second stand out highlight. Bringing the album to a close is a superb cover of the Judas Priest classic 'Jawbreaker' (from their 1984 album 'Defenders Of The Faith').    
             
The live songs on offer took place at the Z7 Club, Pratteln, Switzerland on September 30th 2017, displaying the power, passion and "foot on the monitor" style of heavy metal that Burning Witches are forging their career with. 'Metal Demons' lurches forth, with all the bravado expected of the illustrious NWOBHM genre, quickly followed by the explosive and fast paced 'Black Widow'. The combination of speed and traditional heavy metal is superbly delivered, providing the best head banging experience of the four live songs on offer. 'Holy Diver' is a cover of the Dio classic from the 1983 album of the same name. Burning Witches offer their studio version of 'Holy Diver' on their second album 'Hexenhammer'. A cracking cover, right from the opening "yeah, yeah", through all the power riffs and doom laden feel, the pace kept to that of the original, and high in the mix, you can hear the crowd singing along. The heavy, foot stomping and melodic 'Burning Witches' rounds off the four live songs on offer.    
             
Overall, an opportunity to own two releases in one package, the live songs on offer displaying the power and energy of Burning Witches during a live performance.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
Reviewed For Metal Gods TV    
             
             
Other reviews:    
             

           
           
Burning Witches      
           
"heavily influenced by the eighties NWOBHM evolution, this album is packed to the rafters with blistering heavy metal, that is both catchy and infectious" Read Review      
     
     
     
           
             
             

           
           
Hexenhammer      
           
"a sparkling album of full on, galloping heavy metal, with a superb cover song to round off the album in cracking style" Read Review      
     
     
     
           
             
             
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