BURN­ING WITCHES

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Hex­en­ham­mer

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.

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