THOMAS HAND CHASTE WITCHFIELD - SLEEPLESS
BLACK WIDOW RECORDS
METAL TO INFINITY
Thomas Hand Chaste his Witchfield is gingerly said a strange release. The album ''Sleepless'' reminds me from the first moments to the early Black Sabbath. The songs are forbearing, indulgent and lenient, but they have a certain 'hidden' power as they attract during listening to the album. Is the name of the band Witchfield, or is it Thomas Hand Chaste Witchfield? It's not clearly on the CD booklet, and perhaps it has a purpose on its own. Thomas Hand Chaste is the moniker of Andrea Vianelli who played drums in The Paul Chain Band.
This Italian release has all ingredients to please those that want their music difficult, not-done and perhaps affectionate. The music is inverse, backwards, and demands a lot of the listener. Perhaps, I'm too Metal minded to hear and see the talent of this perfectionist, but when a saxophone drops in (Void In The Life), my hair curls on my arms and legs...
THC cooperated with Death SS members to become this result, and although some musical aspects please me, I do have the feeling that this musical output is only intended to the real die-hard fans of doomy, stretched music lover. Lyrical themes are inspired by British poets like Blake, Ferguson and Kingsley who wrote about the discomfort of men. 'Totentanz', 'Inquisitor', 'The Black Widow' and 'The Mask Of The Demon' are only reasons to get deeper into the mind of this creator.
Giving a fair rating is perhaps too much asked, because I'm not the authority to judge on this musical escapade. Some might admire this ''Sleepless'' release, and most of the people will reject it. Does it mean that it's a bad release? I don't think so, but it only appeals to people that have a very open mind and musical interest. So, check it out yourself and see what you think about it! My rating: 75/100
Patrick de Sloover on behalf of Metal To Infinity Webzine
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