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WITCHFYNDE
Lords Of Sin


Mausoleum (1984)
Rating: 8/10


Despite their black metal image, there’s little here musically to associate Witchfynde with the likes of Venom, Mercyful Fate, Running Wild, Slayer and other demonic bands. But that’s not to say that Lords Of Sin is not a good album, for it contains some really strong material delivered in the true spirit of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.

The epic ‘The Lord Of Sin’ opens the band’s fourth album in fine style, before the superb raging ‘Stab In The Back’ leaps out of the speakers in menacing style. Powerful song this, the album’s best. After the somewhat boring pedestrian ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Scarlet Lady’ ends side one in a good rockin’ fashion .

Side two kicks off with the American sounding hard rock of ‘Blue Devils’. The Satanical ‘Hall Of Mirrors’ follows, before the pace is picked up once again with the Saxon-ish ‘Wall Of Death’. The heavy pounding metal of ‘Conspiracy’ and the instrumental ‘Red Garters’ close, what is probably Witchfynde’s best album to date.

A limited edition 12″ EP, Anthems, comes free with the album and features live recordings of four of the band’s stage favourites – ‘Cloak And Dagger’, ‘I’d Rather Go Wild’, ‘Moon Magic’ and the classic ‘Give ’Em Hell’. So, there is plenty included for all Witchfynde fans, old and new. A good album.

Bernard Doe

Review taken from Metal Forces, Issue 9 (1985)

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