Release Date: June 28, 2011
Four long years have passed since Seven Witches released Deadly Sins in 2007. Call Upon the Wicked is the eighth and latest release from the metal band from New Jersey. Master shredder Jack Frost founded Seven Witches in 1998. He is the only original member still with the band. He recorded Call Upon the Wicked at Lickman Studios with Mike Lepond (Symphony X) and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning). Vera produced the album.
Vocalist James Rivera (Helstar) returns for his first album with the band since 2004’s Year of the Witch. The talent of all of these musicians is never in question. This album is full of smoking guitars that never seem to slow down, heavy riffage, insane solos, earth shaking drums and a vocalist that loves to stretch the bounds of his vocal cords. He can scream with the best of them.
“Fields of Fire” starts the album off and you get a taste of Rivera’s vocal range immediately. “Lilith” runs along the same lines with high-pitched screaming vocals that blow you away. The title track has a catchy chorus and is one of the better songs on the album.
“End of Days” starts out with an acoustic intro but soon turns into a much heavier tune with harsh vocals, heavy drums and, as in nearly every song on the album, kickass guitars including several excellent solos. Me being such a huge fan of solos, I love to see talented guitarists show it off and Frost does it masterfully. Female vocals bring an added touch to this track and the tempo is increased with a chugging rhythm at times to get you really moving. It’s definitely one of my favorites and it’s also the longest track on the album at just over 9 minutes.
“Mind Games” has booming drums, killer guitars with a decent solo and some of the angriest lyrics you will hear from Rivera.
Stop fucking with
Stop fucking with my head!”
“Harlot of Troy” is another extremely fast, driving tune with plenty of insane guitar work, making this another one of my favorites.
Jack Frost has long been known for doing some amazing cover tracks, and this take on Cream‘s “White Room” is a brutal beast of a tribute.
This album contains nine tracks plus three live bonus tracks “Metal Tyrant,” “Metal Asylum” and “Jacob.” The bonus tracks are all good although the quality could be better. Still, they add a great touch to an already kick ass album. Call Upon the Wicked shows that power metal can still kick ass but that’s not all this album consists of. The heavy thrashing at times will grab you, throw you down and stomp your ass. Looks like Seven Witches are back on the right track and they should enjoy much more success if they continue this direction.
Look for an upcoming Metalholic interview with Jack Frost