STORMWITCH
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Stormwitch is a heavy metal band from Germany , formed in 1979 under the name "Lemon Sylvan". The name was changed into Stormwitch in 1981. Soon after forming they became known as "The Masters of the Black Romantic", uniquely combining mystery, melodies and dark fantasies into an imaginative form of heavy metal. During the 80's they were one of the better known German cult bands. They released 7 albums before splitting up late in 1994

The band re-united in 2002 and they have released 2 new albums:

Witchcraft was the last album to feature this lineup as all members except for Andy Mück have since left the band again. The only members of Stormwitch at the moment are Andy Mück (Vocals) and Jürgen Wannenwetsch (Bass).
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.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Walpurgis Night
Traditional heavy metal 1984
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Tales Of Terror
Traditional heavy metal 1985
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Stronger Than Heaven
Traditional heavy metal 1986
.. Album Cover 4.98 | 2 ratings
The Beauty And The Beast
Traditional heavy metal 1987
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Eye Of The Storm
Traditional heavy metal 1989
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
War Of The Wizards
Traditional heavy metal 1992
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Shogun
Traditional heavy metal 1994
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Dance With The Witches
Traditional heavy metal 2002
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Witchcraft
Traditional heavy metal 2004

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Live In Budapest
Traditional heavy metal 1989

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STORMWITCH Witchcraft

Album · 2004 · Traditional heavy metal
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"Witchcraft" is the last album of Stormwitch, an hystorical and cult band from 80's German metal scene. True or not true Stormwitch is a pure 80's Heavy Metal band that plays Traditional Heavy Metal, 80's Hard Rock and Proto Power Metal (also full Power Metal) with great magic and feelings, thanks to a great armonies and atmospheres. In definitive vision Stormwitch is a band that today really miss to Metal scene, commercially speaking.

"Witchcraft" is a good album in Traditional Heavy Metal scene (see: "The Sinister Child", "Withchcraft" or the power ballad "Sleeping Beauty" but also "Moonfeet") because written for the result of magic and feeling, with some Power Metal elements (especially in the vocal parts). In Power Metal song the flaw is that he wanted to condense all the elements of power metal in a song, so they look like a parade of obvious with almost Speed ​​Metal rhythms.

But said this "Witchcraft" is a good album with good magic and feelings. And, IMHO, I think that "Witchcraft" does not disappoint in a serious classic Metal discography.

STORMWITCH The Beauty And The Beast

Album · 1987 · Traditional heavy metal
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Tigers of the sea...

Genre: 80s metal

Stormwitch are listed as a power metal band, and I suppose their music does have power metal traits; but then its very early power metal whose nature is much closer to traditional 80s metal than to power metal as we know it today. To me, this is probably more of a classic traditional 80s metal album - and one of the better ones.

This is one of those releases that have a special role in my life, and in this case we are talking about one track actually - namely, the mighty "Tigers of the Sea." The story goes like this: when I was a kid, one of the national radio stations, P3, ran a show for several years aimed at children, called "Børneradio". The nature of the shows differend throughout the years, but one particular favorite type of show was the narrative, or dramatic reading, show in which a narrator (often the actor Carsten Overskov) would tell the readers about important historical events or perhaps recite a work of fiction accompanied by various music; these thematic shows would often run the course of several weeks, and one such show - with Overskov behind the mic - was about pirates, and they would play excerpts from "Tigers of the Sea" throughout the show. Now, I might misremember all the details, and maybe it was not a show about pirates, and maybe it was not narrated by Carsten Overskov - the human mind tends to forget such details, but one thing remained clear in my memory ever since - namely, the chorus from "Tigers of the Sea", and that really shows the power of music, and it also suggests that Stormwitch did something magic with that song. It's not like it is any different from a lot of other good 80s metal songs - it's got galloping guitars, its got a verse and a pre-chorus and a chorus, it's got the big reverb-ladden drums and it's got the oohs, the aahs and the eehs - still, it is one of those songs that just sticks to one's memory forever... and that is the magic of music.

Anyway, Stormwitch deliver high quality 80s metal on this album, ranging from uptempo epic and catchy tracks (like "Call of the Wicked" and "Tigers of the Sea") over midtempo and heavier tracks (like "Russia's On Fire") to melodic and even ballady tracks with a certain pop sensibility to them (like the title track). Stylistically, the music on this album may be compared to 80s metal acts like Accepts and Judas Priest, but there is also a certain uplifting glam metal feel to the music (and, yes, the band's image was definitely glam, but I am talking about the music itself, and there are a couple pf places that remind me of Ratt, Stryper and Kixx at their best on this album) - and then there are inklings of power metal larger-than-life attitude as well. The production is very big and reverb-ladden, like a lot of metal was in the 80s, but this is one of those rare cases where I do not mind this type of production.

I specifically like the vocals. While Andy Aldrian certainly does the screams and the vibratos of 80s metal, his voice often has more of a 80s new wave quality to it, sounding like a more moderate mixture of Adam Ant and Bono, and I really like how this adds a very original dimension to the music on this album.

"The Beauty and the Beast" is a metal classic, and a gem of 80s metal at its best, and belongs in any metal music collection.

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