May 31st, 2014
Release length: 8:31
As one might expect, Wicca does have a rougher analog quality to it that captures the sound of early Motorhead and even Toxic Holocaust, though not quite the enthusiasm. The audio is muffled, removing some of the bite the otherwise infectious hooks. By all rites, “Wicca” should immediately have you banging your head along instinctively given the steady two-step drums and hint of technicality on the low volume and tone of the guitar distortion. Instead it has just enough spark to keep things interesting. The roughest part is Envenom’s vocal performance, a low rasp that ends up more like an effeminate whisper that is far less haunting than it is shockingly soothing to the point that, after a few spins, I found myself nodding off from time to time. “Nightly Breath of God” isn’t that much different either, though the tighter guitars and random spurts of quicker drumming do make the music a little more invigorating overall, but it doesn’t make it stand apart from the title track.
While the composition of the songs on Wicca are strong, the somewhat robotic performances and quieted rasps end up making this a very soothing release instead of aggressive, dirty, or even venomous. The pieces are there, but the interesting direction in sound does kind of hold the songs back in a manner that turns kick ass first wave of Black Metal Thrash worship into a lullaby for Metalheads. That said, it’s hard not to at least appreciate what the band was going for musically, even with the interesting, albeit questionable vocal direction. If you haven’t heard of Morbid Slaughter yet, then Wicca is something worth sampling a couple times just to experience it, if not discover a new way to help you fall asleep at night which, in this case, is actually not all that bad a thing.
01. Wicca – 4:05
02. Nightly Breath of God – 4:26
|Initial Pressing Score: 6/10