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Wicked Is My Game

Sweden Country of Origin: Sweden

Wicked Is My Game
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: October 21st, 2002
Genre: Black, Thrash
1. Hellborn
2. Nightwatcher
3. The Haunted House
4. Wicked Is My Game
5. In My Cell
6. Another Side
7. Death Race
8. Devil May Care
9. Destiny Deceiver

Review by Allan on November 27, 2002.

What the world doesn’t needs are more bands that are unique. What the world really need is another band that plays it safe, and traces the footsteps of their forefathers. Raise Hell are one of those bands that the world needs, and their third release “Wicked Is My Game” is just a reintroduction of the past, once again.

I really don’t see how anyone could resist Raise Hell, as seeing how the riffs are just so genuinely generic. Listening to “Wicked Is My Game” just reminds me of a place I’ve been before. In fact, I’ve probably been here one hundred times, but that’s the great thing! Raise Hell has created a masterpiece that holds the true essence of classic thrash metal, only this time it’s got mediocre musicianship to back it up! From the truly haunting album cover to the thought provoking album name, Raise Hell just blows me away!

All right. I’m sure you’re tired of my sarcasm by now. But really, Raise Hell isn’t a band that you should invest your time in, unless you’re a thrash metal fanatic. Even then, they’re only a mediocre act at that. They tend to stick to the general thrash metal staples. One of the other detrimental aspects of Raise Hell is that in their songwriting they tend to play around with two many riffs at times, which results in a cure for insomnia. My last big complaint about Raise Hell is that each individual song doesn’t tend to have a distinct personality and causes them to run together, and usually causes the listener to feel the need to turn off “Wicked Is My Game” after only a few songs.

I guess I should give credit where credit is due. Raise Hell, while being as derivative as a band can be with classic thrash metal, do what they do fairly well. The musicianship may be mediocre, but you can find moments that are pretty catchy, here. That about sums it up…

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for thrash metal head the other way. Raise Hell doesn’t offer anything that you won’t find somewhere else done better.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Originality: 3
Musicianship: 5
Atmosphere: 4
Production: 7
Overall: 4

Rating: 4.6 out of 10