Angel Witch-As above, so below
NWOBHM pioneers Angel Witch have returned again with another offering. This marks their first studio album since 1998. This line-up consists of founding member Kevin Heybourne (vocals/ lead guitar) plus drummer Andrew Prestidge and Will Palmer on bass. Veteran guitarist Bill Steer will appearing live with the band, but he didn't play on this album. These guys are kind of an odd act. Depending on who you talk to they were either one of the most overrated or one of the most underrated bands of the NWOBHM scene. Either way I think it has to be said they had and still have their own style. If you get past the solid production values and the slightly more focused approach, these guys don't sound different than they did in the early 80's. I mean that in the positive sense. Seriously many veteran bands come out today and just sound old and tired. Like they should have stayed home instead of trying to get back on the stage. However Angel Witch surge back with instant classics like "Witching Hour" and "Brainwashed". These guys have found a way to retain their prime sound but also bring it today's metal scene. The result is a surprisingly impressive release. I am sure I will be playing this one quite a bit over the next few months.