Bewitched
At The Gates Of Hell


4.0
excellent

Review

by AA-12 USER (2 Reviews)
December 17th, 2007 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beer soaked satanic retro metal

On September 3rd, 1990, Judas Priest's speed metal epic Painkiller was unleashed on the metal world. A genre defining release in every way possible. The next few years were nothing but beer splattered patch filled jean jackets and tight vinyl pants. Somewhere along the line bands forgot what metal was about and decided to start washing their jackets and drinking coke instead of beer. Bewitched is not one of these bands. In 1995 they formed as a side project from bands such as Bloodbath and Naglfar. A super group of sorts was created. They play what sounds like a mutant child of Iron Maiden and Motorhead. Thrashy riffs and harsh vocals but classic heavy metal styled leads and solos. At the Gates of Hell is by far their best release and an album that should be heard by anyone looking for a pure, classic style of metal.

At the Gates of Hell starts out on a great note with the first half of the album being the very best. Songs such as "Sabbath of Sin" show their more straightforward speed metal side. Fast galloping verses, catchy lead based choruses, and melodic solos. On the opposite end with songs like "Black Mass", you get traditional heavy metal music with black metal tinged vocals. These tracks show the listener that this band is nothing but good old school metal. Nothing technical but the songwriting is top notch. They're not the most dynamic band, but they do change their style enough to stay interesting.

The second half of the album isn't so great. It seems as if they wrote all their catchy riffs and hooks and stuck them in the first 5 or so songs. This half is less about satan and thrash and more about punk influenced heavy metal. Songs like "Enemy of God" will still pull you in but they aren't even nearly as effective as the previous tracks. Further hurting the album, the closer song Infernal Necronomicon is one of the worst songs here. The same band that is full of some of the most memorable riffs in metal wrote a song that sounds like Motorhead if Motorhead didn't write interesting music.

That brings me to my last main point. Bewitched has definitely released a great blackened Motorhead album, but that's all it really is. Not necessarily a bad thing as the mix of styles is great, but it ends up leaving them to repeat themselves after the first half of the album. As long as you're not looking for a band that is reinventing the genre of metal, you can't really go wrong here. Between the over the top satan themed lyrics and the lead guitars stolen from the best bands of the 80s, At the Gates of Hell proves to be much more than just a random retro album from a side project.


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AA-12
December 17th 2007


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Second review. I'm tired as hell so it's probably not too great but i'll be sure to fix it up later.

Apocalyptic Raids
December 17th 2007


810 Comments


i expected you to rate this higher ^_^

AA-12
December 17th 2007


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To be honest I meant to hit 4.5 but ended up with 4. In a completely un-biased way it is a 4 though.

rasputin
December 17th 2007


14545 Comments


I like the way the review is written, it's so short yet you've got everything you need in it. I commend you on that, because I've never been able to write a review that is so complete and so short. Voted.
I've never listened to this band, but I don't think I'd like them.

Confessed2005
December 17th 2007


3314 Comments


I doubt I'd like them either.

i am the robots
December 17th 2007


1027 Comments


Somewhere along the line bands forgot what metal was about and decided to start washing their jackets and drinking coke instead of beer.

AA-12
December 17th 2007


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0



Any more comments about the review itself?

Dethtrasher
December 19th 2007


2211 Comments


Songs such as "Sabbath of Sin" show their more straightforward speed metal side. Fast galloping verses, catchy lead based choruses, and melodic solos.
Sounds like something I would like I have to get some music from this band, I have been trying to get Spiritual Warfare but luck is not on my side at the moment. I think this was a very good 2nd review, keep it up.

AA-12
December 20th 2007


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't suggest Spiritual Warfare. It's their worst album and not really worth listening to. I guess if you get the other albums and like the band you might as well get it though.

manosg
June 9th 2014


6102 Comments


Haven't heard this one yet but Diabolical Desecration kicks major ass. Fun as fuk.

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