Witch-Hunt – Darkened Anthology Album Review – Metalhead Community

Today we are featuring a legendary melodic death band; Witch-Hunt, from Virginia, the USA. We have reviewed their resurrected and remastered full-length “best of” album; Darkened Anthology 1992​-​2002, along with its character, style, story, potential and more.

About a week ago, we have discovered an amazing melodic death metal band from the ’90s who was almost about to make it to the top league in their careers; Witch-Hunt. These Virginia based gentlemen have been through so many ups and downs, and eventually had to stop actively making music for many years. About a year ago, Lost Apparitions Records released a badass Best Of album including greatest pieces from the band’s whole career; Darkened Anthology 1992​-​2002.

First of all, I’d like to say that I have huge respect for every band who were able to record and make a release at that time. We all know how difficult and challenging this process was back in the day. For some reason, this was all I think about while listening to Darkened Anthology 1992-2002. The more I listen to it the better I understood why we all fell in love with this incredible music in the first place. Even this day it makes a huge difference, at least for me. They reminded me of the first times/albums of legendary bands like Megadeth, Slayer, Sepultura, Metallica and more. How badass is that? They all should be given a medal for being an active metal band and making releases at the same time with all these game changer bands I have mentioned above. In my opinion, this is remarkable enough for me to tell your grandchildren about.

Darkened Anthology 1992-2002 album reminded me of so many great things, to be honest. Like I said earlier, it reminded me of why I love this music so much in the first place. And the biggest difference for me was that it has nothing to do with today’s understanding of music. No melodyne, no computer bullshit, all natural, all dynamic and all sincere. Probably this is the thing we are all hungry about even on this day; sincerity. In our relationships, daily lives, music, art, in every single thing you can imagine. This was probably why listening to Darkened Anthology was like listening to Seasons in the Abyss or Master of Puppets album for me. It was simply incredible!


On the other hand, you have to know and have experienced those wonderful times in order to understand and have an emotional connection with this album. I can’t say I was fully aware of everything about metal back then. But in time, I listened to it enough and can say that I can totally feel it and make the difference between good and bad. And this album, my friends, one of the greatest experiences I had lately. It took me back to my childhood just like a time machine. I remember, whenever I feel alone or down, I was putting on my Ride the Lightning disc which I bought an original one from the airport for about $25, and listening to it day and night.

The album is full of those exceptional vibes from the beginning to the end. Time to time I can sense their Slayer, Sepultura and some other thrash metal influences in their music. Overall, it is like progressive thrash metal elements combined with delicious black metal vocals. Honestly, there’s nothing negative I can say about this album. Additionally, I don’t even want to go into details about its technical standards. This music is from ’90s and this is how it sounds like. Some might agree or disagree but it sounds PERFECT to me.

When I take all these into account, I’d like to say that I am blown away with Darkened Anthology album by these Virginian gentlemen; Witch-Hunt. I have enjoyed listening to the full album a few times over and over again and strongly recommending you guys to check them out as well. The album opener track; Fragments has also earned its place in our Top Metal Songs Playlist on Spotify!

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In conclusion, we, as Metalhead Community Team, congratulate Witch-Hunt for their phenomenal album; Darkened Anthology 1992-2002, and wish them the very best in their future. Thanks for reading.

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