From Blackest Darkness WitchHammer-The Lost Tapes (Dazed) 2000

1. "Human Rights" (5:36)
2. "Confrontation" (4:50)
3. "No Name" (4:35)
4. "Deliver Us From Evil" (3:19)
5. "Beware the Child" (5:11)
6. "The Ultimate Constellation" (3:38)
7. "Be All End All" (3:00)
8. "On My Own" (3:04)
9. "Touch of an Angel" (3:33)

Norwegian metal that falls somewhere between power metal and thrash not unlike Reverend, early Flotsam & Jetsam or even fellow Norwegian metalheads, Artch. Vocalist Per Stale has a smooth and masculine, mid to high range voice that fits well the style of the band. A good portion of the music is of the faster speed metal variety, but the band slows it down here and there as well, allowing for a bit of diversity between songs. Don't really know much about these guys. There are no lyrics or information given. Given the sound and style, it almost sounds like this cd could have been recorded in 1990, but the copyright on the back is 2000. As for the album title, this makes me suspicious that this material may have been resurrected from a past year as well. I made a consorted effort to try and understand what the lyrics were all about, but to my dismay, I couldn't make out enough of the lyrics to make heads or tails of them, other than they deal with some kind of mysticism and perhaps some Catholicism.. This disc came as a bonus in a trade I made with a Norwegian trader with two Artch cds.

The internet is such a killer tool. Do a little searching and you'll be surprised what you can find. I found the band's official web page and discovered that I was completely correct in my guess of when this was recorded. According to their web page this disc was recorded at Studio 1 in Sarpsborg, Norway in 1990. Man, was that a good guess or what. I found out that this band has another album out called '1487' that was recorded in 1987 but has yet to see release in CD format. Also got some insight into the lyrics. Apparently the band drew inspiration for their lyrical concepts from the MALLEUS MALEFICARUM, from which the name of the band is also derived. The book, "MALLEUS MALEFICARUM-The Hammer of the Witches," was written in Germany in 1486 by the Dominican inquisitors Kramer and Sprenger. The book apparently gives detailed information on how to recognize, judge and execute the witches and heretics of medieval Europe. MALLEUS MALEFICARUM was approved by the Catholic Church in the year of 1487.

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