Witching Hour are a 4 piece Black/Thrash band who hail from a land that is no stranger to great thrash, Germany. Their newest album, Past Midnight... is a blast from the past that will make you think you're listening to an album straight from the 80's. Once the opening title track kicks in, you can immediately here the Venom and Sodom influences. The sound is extremely old-school as are the riffs and melodies to be found here.
The best attribute of this record are definitely the guitar tracks. There's nothing special about the riffs really but they get your headbanging and your fists pumping. The melodies and harmonies found here sound like they could have been on an Iron Maiden track from their self-titled record. The opening instrumental track, "Past Midnight..." is a perfect example of what to expect from the rest of the record. The vocals here also add to the overall sound very well, by further stretching that dirty, old school feel.
There aren't any problems with this record but there certainly isn't anything that makes this record a stand-out or masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it is definitely a great and fun listen that will get your headbanging. So if you're looking for innovation or amazing technicality, you had better just leave this record alone, but if you're in the mood for some old-school Heavy Metal worshipping at it's finest, then you had better take a listen. The best tracks here are "Under Evil Spells" and "Black Countess."
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Final Rating - 4.1/5 or 82%.