Symphony For The Devil
Witchery - Symphony For The Devil.jpg
Studio album by
Released24 September 2001
RecordedBerno Studio, Sweden, February 2001
GenreThrash metal
Length46:49
LabelOriginal release Necropolis
Reissue Music For Nations/Sony BMG
ProducerWitchery and Berno Paulson
Witchery chronology
Dead, Hot And Ready
(1999)
Symphony For The Devil
(2001)
Don't Fear the Reaper
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Symphony For The Devil is Witchery's third full-length studio album after Restless & Dead in 1998 and Dead, Hot And Ready in 1999. It was released in 2001 and has received underground acclaim from metal fanzines and webzines.[2] The album continues in Witchery's previous style, with thrash metal riffing and solos, but with a black and death metal influence. This album has Martin Axe of Opeth on drums, after the departure of Mique. The reissue of the album in 2007 uses slightly different cover art.[citation needed]

Musical influences

Since most of the music and lyrics on the album are written by Jensen, much of the album is similar in sound to his main band, The Haunted.[3] This involves fast paced thrash riffing with melodic solos in most of the songs, though there is very little evidence of the Gothenburg sound in Symphony For The Devil unlike The Haunted. Jensen (guitar), Toxine (vocals) and Axe (drums) all previously played in Satanic Slaughter and Toxine, Jensen and Richard Corpse (guitar) were in Seance. Only Sharlee D'Angelo, bass guitarist with Arch Enemy, had no previous experience with the other band members.[4]

Given each musician's other projects, the tight and attacking sound of Symphony For The Devil is unsurprising. The lyrics include topics such as black magic, death and the occult, similar to the themes in Witchery's first three albums and also those of Satanic Slaughter and Seance.

Track listing

All music and lyrics written by Jensen unless otherwise stated.

  1. "The Storm" - 3:34
  2. "Unholy Wars" - 3:12 (music by Jensen/Corpse)
  3. "Inquisition" - 3:57
  4. "Omens" - 4:30
  5. "Bone Mill" - 2:41
  6. "None Buried Deeper..." - 3:58
  7. "Wicked" - 2:59
  8. "Called For By Death" - 4:58
  9. "Hearse Of The Pharoahs" - 5:07
  10. "Shallow Grave" - 4:24 (music by Jensen/Corpse)
  11. "Enshrined" * - 4:15 (music by Jensen/Corpse, lyrics by D'Angelo/Toxine)
  12. "The One Within" * - 3:14 (music by Jensen/Toxine, lyrics by D'Angelo/Toxine)

Tracks marked with a * do not appear on all versions

The Japanese edition (TFCK-87249) contains the same tracks but "Enshrined" is track 6, "None Buried Deeper..." is track 7, "Wicked" is track 8, "Called For By Death" is track 9, "The One Within" is track 10, "Hearse Of The Pharoahs" is track 11 and "Shallow Grave" is track 12.

Personnel

  • Toxine - vocals
  • Jensen - rhythm guitar (written as "riffguitar" in the album notes)
  • Richard Corpse - lead guitar (written as "sologuitar")
  • Sharlee D'Angelo - bass guitar (written as "Bassguitar")
  • Martin Axe - drums

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Witchery - Symphony For The Devil", The Metal Crypt
  3. ^ Chris Ayers (1 November 2001). "Symphony For The Devil review". Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Witchery (Swe)", Encyclopaedia Metallum