By Dr. Abner Mality

Been quite some time since I've heard the name of Witchery and in fact, I thought the band had folded. But here they are again, now on Century Media, and with former singer Toxine replaced by no less than the devilish Legion, formerly of Marduk.

If there's such a thing as cuddly and commercial demonic thrash, this is it. There's nothing taxing about listening to demands about as much concentration as listening to Pablo Cruise. It's a hammering combination of thrash and groove that will satisfy in the short run but leave no lasting marks upon the body. The production is excellent and Legion does in fact bring a rougher edge to the band, but this is the extreme metal equivalent of comfort food. That can be good or bad, depending on what you're looking for. If you seek true underground christ-raping black metal, better walk on by. But if you're looking for some simple headbanging on a warm summers day, amply aided by cold beer and strong weed, you could do a lot worse than "Witchkrieg".

Top tracks: "Witchkrieg" (with a Kerry King solo, no less), the Exodus-like "The Reaver"(featuring Gary Holt, natch) and the blazing "Witch Hunter".