I've said it before & I'll say it again; Seven Witches is an underrated band especially considering the quality Metal they have been delivering for the last decade. While they're not re-inventing the wheel as far as music style goes, the band has the right ingredients to create good quality songs. By calling Seven Witches a band, however, I feel like I'm being very generous since it's mostly founder/guitarist Jack Frost & whoever will play with him; Kind of like Jeff Waters & Annihilator if you will. But I digress...
The band is back with a brand new album; "Call Upon the Wicked". I would say that this album delivers, but not from start to finish since the first track, "Fields of Fire" is not as good (in my own humble opinion) as the other tracks. It's not a bad song, but if you compare it to "Mind Games", "Harlot of Troy" or "Lilith" it is rather a weak song to start an album with or even use as a first single.
Aside from a solid new album, long-time fans of the band will also be pleased to hear James Rivera's voice on a Seven Witches CD. He sang on the albums "Passage to the Other Side" & "Year of the Witch" before leaving for other various projects. How long will he stay? No one knows for sure but at least he is there for "Call Upon the Wicked" & he sounds as powerful as ever.
There's actually not much to say other than it's a great Metal album. The catchy riffs, the powerful shrieks, the thunderous drums & pounding bass, it's all there. As a bonus, there are 3 live songs at the end of the record which unfortunately sounds like cheap bootleg at best. But still, if you're a fan of traditional Metal, then Seven Witches is a band you should definitely check out.