NUCLEAR BLAST Swiss trad metallers stoke the spirit of the 80s “Judas Priestess!” is an oftcited reaction to the savvy trad metal cranked out by these Swiss Misses, whose second album revolves around the evergreen topic of medieval witchhunts. These Witches are happy to cite Priest as their strongest motivating force, but Hexenhammer confirms their attention to the finest details of all the best mid-80s names: catchy, punchy riffing; enigmatic twin-guitar harmonies; leatherlunged snarls and banshee shrieks; thunder, rain and tolling bells; plus an enthusiastic cover of Holy
Diver. The power ballad,
Don’t Cry My Tears, should be playlisted by every rock radio station for eternity, but BW’s heavy-hitters all score direct hits on the sweet spot, too.