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Wittnezz - 1990 Hellraiser

ARTIST: Wittnezz
ALBUM: Hellraiser
LABEL: Deltaphon
SERIAL: DDM 4 6871
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Marco Federico - vocals * Dattle Weigert - guitars * Hampe Kurt - guitars * Ruedi Hoch - bass * Peter Dobler - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hellraiser * 02 Too Late * 03 Night Of The Broken Hearts * 04 Heavy Metal * 05 Living On The Stage

Wittnezz, silly moniker and equally silly album cover. In my search for 80's and 90's Swiss acts, I came upon this lot. Though signed to a German label (Deltaphon), the band in fact originate from Basel Switzerland. Unlike all things that you would associate with perfection coming out of that fair country, Wittnezz unfortunately is not one of them. They play a very pedestrian style of melodic HM, which by the sounds of things is about ten years too late. It would seem that Wittnezz have pledged allegiance to the altar of late 70's Accept, with some great guitar riffs, thunderous rhythm, but not so good vocals and not too flash guitar solos.

The Songs
Wittnezz grace us with just the five tracks, and we thank the good lord they left it at five. Riffs fly off the handle on the opener, and I am reminded of the debut Accept album, and a track like 'Lady Lou'. You get the gist when you hear it, with its galloping riffs. 'Too Late' is an ok sounding track, sounding less out and out metal. I stumbled through a rather tedious ballad called 'Night Of The Broken Hearts', there are traces of organ and keys, and the solo section is kinda cool, but they aren't enough to save it. The next track 'Heavy Metal'.. Well I guess the title gives it away doesn't it? Like Manilla Road on uppers! Next.. Oops, we're at the last track. 'Living On The Stage', and it's another track that you'll do well to get right to the end of. The vocals are appalling. Enough said.

In Summary
Apparently the band released some demos after this 1990 effort, but I've never seen or heard them - and to be honest I'm not in a hurry either. If 'Hellraiser' was released let's say back in 1983, then the whole thing might've survived the gdazegod death cull. Unfortunately it doesn't. You can find this easy enough out in blogspot land - but to be honest, why would you bother?

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