The first full-length album from Seattle’s Greyhawk is a particularly interesting iteration of the NWOTHM scene. A focus on hooky songwriting with an epic tone makes for easy comparisons to such contemporaries as Visigoth and Traveler as the production carries a polished sheen similar to the likes of Haunt or Idle Hands. While these factors would initially suggest that the band is just another notch in a long line of derivatives, they find a lot of ways to set themselves apart on Keepers Of The Flame (Fighter Records).
When heavy metal is good, it’s some of the best sounds ever made by man. And when it’s bad, it is fucking awful. Sadly, Witchfyre Grimorium Verum falls very much into the second bucket.Continue reading