The Bottom Line
- A rancid, heavy sound.
- Deep, greasy vocals that fit the mood and music.
- Little variation.
- Released January 18, 2011 on Hells Headbangers Records.
- Black Witchery hail from Florida.
- Their first album in over five years.
Guide Review - Black Witchery - 'Inferno Of Sacred Destruction'
Primitive blackened death metal as a direct descendant of bands such as early Sodom and Bathory is the template for Black Witchery’s approach, a sub-genre that has seen a big resurgence of late. New, exciting bands such as Teitanblood, Vasaeleth and, to a lesser extent, Nocturnal Blood have all laid claim to the throne of this genre and, even though Black Witchery are veterans and have been around in one form or another since 1999, Black Witchery, along with just about everyone else, are now playing catch up to those bands.
The music on Inferno Of Sacred Destruction is straightforward. Primitive drum patterns, sloppy, down tuned riffs with murky production, and rasped/growled vocals taking a page from early Angelripper, Tom G. Warrior, and so on, is blasted at you for the duration. All of it goes over pretty well and, given that there’s little variation to be had on Inferno Of Sacred Destruction, the album’s short running time probably works to Black Witchery’s advantage. In short, there are absolutely no surprises on Inferno Of Sacred Destruction, a competent slab of primitive blackened death metal, no more, no less.
If you’re into bands such as Teitanblood, etc. and you’re not familiar with Black Witchery, Inferno Of Sacred Destruction is probably worth your effort, but don’t expect the album to topple the reigning kings of the genre from their throne. Not bad, but not great.