In the world of primitive thrash metal, there is no lingua franca more powerful than German; or, at least heavily accented English as spoken, screamed and rasped by a German. For surely, wherever you come from, if you want to convince when (re)creating the rabid sounds of the underground circa 1986, a hoarse-throated Essen roar is what you need.
Luckily Witchtrap (who hail, somewhat improbably, from Medellin in Colombia, almost as far from the Ruhr valley as its possible to get without passing go and collecting two hundred quid) possess a vocalist, BA Ripper, who fulfills this basic requirement perfectly. Throughout the course of VimN, the band’s first full length in six years, he rants and raves like a Teuton possessed, giving every breakneck slab of thrash metal the band touches a vital stamp of authenticity; Sure we’ve heard it all before, some of it we’ve heard before three or four times, but the likes of the utterly ludicrous Metal are delivered with such fervour and conviction you cannot help but crack a can of export strength lager and join in the fun. Ripper is also no slouch on the old six string either, adding some particularly nasty soloing to the title track which sounds to these ears like a triumphant hybrid of Destruction and Kreator topped off with lashings of Sodom.
Sidekicks Enforcer (Brr) and Witchammer (Drr) are in fine form throughout as well, and you will really have to go a long way (as far as Medellin, obviously – Ed) to hear this kind of stuff done so well this year, even if they do rip off the Scorpions’ Blackout blind on Pay in Blood. Top stuff.