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Possibly their best album,
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This review is from: Wytches (Audio CD)
I think this is possibly their best album. At this point the band played mostly what some people refer to as "real" instruments, rather than their later music with its synthesiser and drum-sequencer emphasis. Some people might consider many of the guitar solos a little repetative (i.e. the same solo used in multiple songs) however I personally think that there is enough variation for this not to detract from the music too much.
There is a good balance of light and dark songs on this album, quiet and soft. This album also contains some of their most memorable and catchy tracks which still make it into their live sets even now. The opening title track kicks off with immense energy and builds up to a chanting crescendo at the end, upon which the track ends suddenly leaving you exhausted but eager for more. Then there are the comparatively more relaxed tracks such as "queen of the may" and "Pagan Born", expressing various aspects of the Pagan experience.
Though controversial and inflammatory in its sentiment, "Burning Times" is one of their best tracks ever, and is curiously uplifting and pulse-raising.
I tend to prefer the tracks that focus on Pagan or various Gothic themes, rather than the likes of "Church of Madness" or "Devils", which although popular I tend to skip.
Everyone will like some different aspect of this album as the themes on it are quite varied. If you are into Gothic music, you will probably appreciate this album more if you like work by bands such as the Sisters of Mercy, than if you like bands such as Cradle of Filth (though if you fall into the latter category you may still like the more frenzied dark tracks such as Devils or Church of Madness). If you are Pagan (or like Pagan themes) and like rock music or classic metal, you will probably appreciate something (or everything) on this album.