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Witchtrap - Trap the Witch [Hells Headbangers - 0000]

Previously released at the end of 2015 in a small print run in their native Colombia, Trap the Witch is the fourth full length from Witchtrap. A Latin American power trio with a penchant for classic, old school thrash metal of the Teutonic variety. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Dirty Sound Studios in Medellín, Colombia.

Opening track Lemmy, begins almost inevitably with the sound of a distorted bass guitar tuning up, before razor sharp guitar riffs cut in and really give us the impression these guys know how their thrash metal history. The opening line gives further evidence if any were needed of exactly where this band’s influences lie. “You see me wearing denim and leather.” This is raw unadulterated old school thrash metal and it’s great.

Second track Disciple of Death, keeps the pace up, sounding very much like an unused outtake from a Kreator album. The riffing is again really strong and it has a chorus you’ll find yourself singing for the rest of the day.

Track three, Power of the Maul is a little reminiscent of some of Slayer’s slower chuggier numbers. Very reminiscent of their Season’s in the Abyss era material. Whilst not perhaps as strong as the previous two numbers it is still a great track, vocalist Burning Axe Ripper really does have a Mille Petroza vibe to his voice and would not sound out of place on those early Kreator albums.

Brimstone in the Air picks up the pace once again and we’re back in classic German thrash territory. I also can’t help but get a Bonded by Blood vibe from this track. Whether there is a subtle similarity to Paul Baloff, or a similarity in the riffs I’m not entirely sure, but it does remind me of that first and finest Exodus album. This is definitely one of my favourites thus far.

The Subtle Touch of Fire keeps the pace up. Another fast, thrashy number that doesn’t disappoint. There is again a massive early Kreator influence. Don’t Lift the Curse is next and keeps the bar high.  Hard Thrashing Mania, is rather surprisingly one of the slower tracks on the album, more influenced by Iron Maiden than thrash metal. This is also a very fine song, which again wears its influences for all to see.

The final track Trap the Witch, again picks up the pace and we’re back in Kreator territory. All of the expected lyrical trappings are here, and it’s a pleasure to hear them. A very fine way to finish the album.

Whilst not the most original album I’ve ever heard, this album should still find its way into your collection if you like old school 80s thrash metal. Especially so if like me you love those early Kreator, Slayer and Exodus records, to which this album owes a massive debt. The playing is top notch and the songs are very strong. Witchtrap have created a great thrash metal album. One that deserves your time.

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Darren Charles
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