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Wytch Hazel - III: Pentecost

Wytch Hazel
III: Pentecost
by Dani Bandolier at 01 October 2020, 6:14 AM

Drawing musical inspiration from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands and spiritual inspiration from Christianity and dragon slaying Medieval England, “III Pentecost” is the new release from WYTCH HAZEL (2012) a swell music group from Lancaster in Old Blighty. While checking the pillaging and looting impulse, they do have some rawk’n sword swingin’ tunes … let’s ‘ave us a listen, right? Beware the great deceiver Angel of Light… ‘He is the Fight’ hits a glancing lick upside the THIN LIZZY kisser and blows holy smoke while delivering a rousing call to arms. Oh Satan has taken a hold on me … ‘I Am Redeemed’ bends a knee towards RAINBOW verse and chorus with some juicy Hammond organ lighting up the canon. ‘Archangel’ chumpa wumpas into a hip shaking beat and by now I am losing track of references to The OG Dirty Bastard, Old Nick his-self.

They will raaaawwwt … whew. ‘Dry Bones’ lets Colin breathe deep and hit the brown note, Rob Halford style, for just one note and likewise do a little JUDAS PRIEST dog and pony guitar jig. ‘Sonata’ is a pretty little ditty that gives me a break from the overload devout lyrics then goes snout-down into ‘I Will Not’, an 80’s metal rounder that reminds me of STYX in some way -  Colin does sound a wee bit like Tommy Shaw in the pipes. Death is coming … I will not be afraid … ‘Reap the Harvest’ has lovely keyboard flourishes that like the earlier organ parts are left uncredited on this release – shame that one, mates. ‘The Crown’ is pure medieval lyric drivel with lovely acoustic guitar, a gold star for audio engineer and mixologist James Atkinson. Last song ‘Ancient of Days’ is a snooze-fest for me.

WYTCH HAZEL is Colin Hendra’s musical vision, a vision driven by his faith in Christ and his religion. I find walking the line between secular pop music and flat out praise and worship music to be a tricky and fault-filled endeavor – never hard enough for the pure rockers while never reaching sufficient adoration for the true believers. I think in some places he has succeeded, in others not … have a listen for yourself. I am confident you can hear the love and devotion the lads put into this release and that’s dench. Pucker ¡!
there will always be an England and a Dani Bandolier’s Spotify list…

http://https://open.spotify.com/playlist/272H3UBARsuksY3BqU0CzP?si=dtxZhcYGS1WPZkf6que_eA

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. He is the Fight
2. Spirit and Fire
3. I Am Redeemed
4. Archangel
5. Dry Bones
6. Sonata
7. I Will Not
8. Reap the Harvest
9. The Crown
10. Ancient of Days
Lineup:
Colin Hendra - Guitars/Vocals
Alex Haslam - Guitars
Andy Shackleton - Bass
Jack Spencer - Drums
Record Label: Bad Omen Records
     


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