Burning Witches' Dance With The Devil - pure metal at its most euphoric

Swiss speed-metallers Burning Witches up their wicked game on Dance With The Devil

Burning Witches - Dance With The Devil
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Dance With The Devil is an absurdly exciting and wickedly nails-hard heavy metal record, full of dazzling musicianship, giant tunes and an overall sense that Swiss quintet Burning Witches are giving the none-more-classic a significant sonic upgrade. 

New vocalist Laura Guldemond asserts herself from the off, imbuing explosive opener Lucid Nightmare with a presence and punch that their previous records occasionally lacked.

These are easily the best songs the band have written. A glowering undercurrent of classic German thrash drives fiercer moments like Wings Of Steel and Six Feet Underground, while the sheer euphoric wallop of the title track and the Accept-like stately bludgeon of Necronomicon prove that Burning Witches kick large amounts of arse at any tempo. 

Even the obligatory ballad, Black Magic, is an absolute belter, while a suitably thunderous cover of Manowar’s Battle Hymn provides an epic conclusion. Right now, there aren’t many better pure metal bands than Burning Witches.

Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.