As promised here on Moshpits and Movies, we have covered the album of the year (Post Pop Depression), the rock album of the year (Gore by Deftones), and the metal album of the year (Dystopia by Megadeth) from the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. Now we are tasked with covering the last album from the awards show and it’s one of our favorites in the Extreme Metal Album of the Year and it’s from an artist we feel is extremely underrated. Swedish Thrash Metal band Witchery won the award for Extreme Metal Album of the Year for their record In His Infernal Majesty’s Service which is also the band’s sixth album to date. The album is also the first to feature Angus Norder (Vocals) and Chris Barkensjö (Drums) as they replaced Emperor Magus Caligula (Never recorded an album with the band) and Martin Axenrot respectively. The rest of the band is rounded out by Patrik Jensen (R. Guitar), Rille Rimfält (Rhythm and Lead Guitar), and Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass). The album was released on November 25, 2016 and was produced by the band themselves.
1. Lavey-athan– The track is an all out metal assault that gives you the best of both worlds with the fierce thrash metal with a touch of black metal. This is what thrash bands should sound like today. 5/5
2. Zoroast– a thrash track with a little more of a punk attitude in the beginning, but that fierceness is still there with an amazing guitar solo towards the end. The track sort of sounds like what would happen if Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir sang thrash metal. 4.5/5
3. Netherworld Emperor– a kick ass trash track that sounds like a tribute to German thrash and Slayer. This would definitely be Satan’s theme song if he marched with troops. 4/5
4. Nosferatu– A clear tribute to Late 80’s Slayer (it has a flow like Mandatory Suicide) on this one about the famous silent era vampire that does kick ass. 4/5
5. The Burning Of Salem– A face melting thrash track with a little speed/death metal influence on the track that is about the village of Salem. 4.5/5
6. Gilded Fang– Another in your face speed metal track that reminds me of Slayer’s Jesus Saves because it doesn’t waste time and it cuts out the fat. 5/5
7. Empty Tombs– a straight up thrash metal track with a little groove metal in it that reminds me of early Sodom, but I love Norder’s vocals in this track because he gives it that black metal feel to it. 5/5
8. In Warm Blood– A cool trash track that has a little Mercyful Fate mixed into it as far as the metal feel to the track. 4.5/5
9. Escape from Dunwich Valley– I love the intro to this track with the creepy organs before the band hits the red button and explodes into your speakers. 4/5
10. Feed The Gun– A hard charging supercharged thrash track that is guaranteed to start a moshpit and be a live anthem for the band. This may be my favorite track on the album or at least one of them because it makes you want to slam dance and the solos kick ass. 5/5
11. Oath Breaker– The last track on the album that that competes with the best out of Germany as far as modern day thrash is concerned. It has the fast double bass playing of death metal with the thrash guitars and the Slayer esque solos. 5/5
My Final Thoughts– These guys are one of the most kick ass bands on the scene who have definitely done their homework on Thrash metal and German Thrash metal. As I said, this album sounds like what would happen if Dimmu Borgir had a baby with every thrash metal band in the world. I say that because the vocals are black metal esque with the thrash metal sounds. This was definitely a pleasure to listen to, lovers of Thrash should check it out. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.