Sunday, August 14, 2011

Witch Cross - Fit for Fight

Genre: Heavy Metal
Country: Denmark
Year: 1984
Label: Roadrunner Records

Fit for Fight is the incredibly cool full-length release that (unfortunately) stands as the only long-player in the Witch Cross discography. When I say incredibly cool, I mean it: this album just plain rules from start to finish. I actually read a review of Fit for Fight on Metal Archives a while ago that echoed and confirmed the exact same sentiment that I've always felt about Witch Cross: vocalist Alex "Savage" Nyborg Madsen's voice bears a striking resemblance to Tony Moore, the man whose godly pipes graced Riot's Thundersteel album (one of the finest collections of songs the entire metal genre has ever produced). With that comparison jumping so immediately to mind, it should go without saying that Madsen's vocals completely and utterly rule. While he does serve as this album's highlight, the rest of the music is suitably rad as hell - this is one of those albums where, during at least one point in pretty much every song, you smile to yourself and think "damn, this owns so hard." And that's because it does! Witch Cross's one and only full-length was a well-written, expertly played, full-of-heart exercise in good, old-fashioned true heavy metal. It seems like every time I listen to it, I'm surprised by how good it is, no matter how many times I've heard it before. That's the sign of a great album right there. Definitely don't pass this one up.

For fans of Riot, Wolf (UK), Ostrogoth, and Desolation Angels.

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