Finally, the time had come for Singapore heavy metal heroes Witchseeker to launch their debut album. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a local gig, and this time the launch was held at Anaki Records, a small empty space located in an industrial building at Geylang Lorong 23.
By the time we reached the venue, we had already missed the opening bands (sorry, BC and Terminal Cry!), but in time to catch Metalgunz and their brand of groovy, heavy/thrash metal. Great way to start the night. Before long it was Dispiteous‘ turn to take the stage and tear the house down with their brutal brand of death metal, playing a mix of originals and covers. Their cover of Zombie Ritual really got the crowd moving, and raring to go for the main act of the night – Witchseeker.
To say that the band has grown is quite an understatement, as Witchseeker shows how to have a good time, both for the crowd, and for themselves.The band played a mix of songs from their new album When the Clock Strikes and older material, like their love song Wishing You Were Mine. Frontman Sheikh interacts with the crowd in between every song with his banter, and the influence from Enforcer‘s Olof is obvious not only in his performance style, but also in the way he manages to charm the crowd. Guitarist Brandon is a wiz on his instrument, as he hits every note with speed and precision, never missing a single beat. The band even had a surprise announcement – session drummer Aip from Thy Fallen Kingdom was officially made a full fledged member of the band.
Overall, it has been a fun show to attend and watch, and goes to show that heavy metal is well and alive in the 21st century. You can still read our interview with Witchseeker right here.