My, oh my I really liked this one. A lot. Magick Touch hails from Bergen, Norway, and their new album, Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire, is due for release in early January. Normally I envision music from Norway as either black or death metal, both of which I indulge in, and although this is neither, it is a welcome and fun surprise. The trio is HK Rein (guitarist/vocalist), Bard Nordvik (drummer) and Christer Ottesen (bassist/vocalist), all three of whom contribute to the songwriting and capture a retro feel in their down-and-dirty metal.

Although each song is an entity unto itself, the overall sound on Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire is at the intersection of classic ’80s metal and hard rock. “The Great Escape” has a Scorpions feel, and I love the vocal work. Listen closely to the “Midnite Sadusa” intro which sounds quite a bit like “Cat Scratch Fever” and hails the almighty Uncle Ted. “Believe in Magick” is definitely radio-friendly, album-oriented rock. My personal favorite, “Polonium Blues,” goes low with a downtuned sound, and the bass work is absolutely bad-ass.

Magick Touch‘s songwriting on Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire is raucous and full of creativity. The back-to-basics vibe is evident through the hooks and pleasing pipes. The production is loud and very clear will all of the instrumentation and vocals coming through. I would love to see a live performance of this pure, good-time, passionate rock.

Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire is out January 5 on Edged Circle Productions. Buy it here!

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