HistoryThis São Paulo-based band has been power metalling since 1999. The band issued a demo called Dark Witch in 2001. It was comprised of three tracks. It took three years for Heavy Metal Burns On to appear. Wild Heart featured only two tracks and appeared in 2009.
Brazilian power metal group Dark Witch signed with Arthorium Records in 2015, which would promote The Circle Of Blood album for the act.
DARK WITCH – THE CIRCLE OF BLOOD – ARTHORIUM
This album is quite possibly the story of a lost potential. Listen after listen and there is not much one could criticise or disdain. Sure, one could zoom in and nitpick. The drum sound is too muted and ineffective, there could be more lead guitars and the bass guitars need to have a better presence in rhythm. On a grand level, however, there is not a fallacy or stain to be found on this album. So, what is wrong? The band simply does not live up to its potential. It is content and not trying hard enough.
When Dark Witch wakes up and speeds up the songs and album improve quite a bit. The leads are melodic, classy and original. Why are there so few of them and why are they so short? The singer, and his backing vocals, is a routine affair. One could say it is what it is, but here and there the singer decides he wants to belt out a few high screams or launch into full-throttle mode and guess what? He comes across as a peer to Joey DeMaio and Rob Halford from when they were good. There is so much more that could be that is not. Get these pieces in place, order up a punchier sound engineering and put Dark Witch on the map. One would also cancel the unnecessary cover version and ode to Valhalla. It is on the other side of the world from South America. Fans of Riot, Forte and Manowar are where Dark Witch's fan base would be. - Ali "The Metallian"