Betrayed – Black Magic Whore

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Members:
Carlo Caci
(Vocals/Bass)
John Caci (Lead guitar)
Phil Wright (Rhythm guitar)
Sam Ogden (Drums)

Betrayal are a Heavy Metal band from the UK, and their new album titled Black Metal Whore got both an intriguing name and a sinister tonality to it. Judging by their opening track (which has got the same name as this album) we’re talking the metal type of metal. Clean vocals, chugging and steady rhythms, and soaring, articulate vocals. The vocalist is an absolute champ.

It’s a traditional tone, mind you; For instance, any listeners will find parallels with much of the classic Judas Priest/Iron Maiden styled 80’s metal. That said, it’s a modern incantation of the genre and works. I mean, can we take a moment to appreciate the first proper lead line in said opening track – sweeps for days. The guitarists and the singer have both impressed me at this stage.

As I listen through Black Magic Whore, I wonder if this is the way that this album will continue. The second track, “I Don’t Belong” is an absolutely different beast altogether (in the intro, at least). There’s no distortion or gruff tone – it is made up primarily of a sick bass line and harmonic-laden clean guitar (which still includes a fair amount of shred, especially in the harmonized section before the drums enter). For the first 50 seconds, it’s chilled out, beautiful. And then the rest of the band comes in, there’s a shred solo and it’s back to business.

“And Now You’re A Slave” is the more anthemic of the content that I’ve listened to. It’s very catchy, especially in the bridge and chorus sections. The rhythm riffage in the verse is also pretty solid. It’s a song that really does show off the singers range in stunning ways. There’s harmonized lead melodies in the second half of this track that scintillate the mix. I see this as being the song they wanted as the single. It incorporates more mainstream elements although at 5 minutes 30 it’d be interesting to see if it’d be too long for that. Hopefully not, it’s cool music!

The final song I’ll discuss is “Vatican City Burns”. It’s a lot heavier than the one discussed previously. It’s more of a groover. I didn’t hear a solo (I may have missed it) and the focus is primarily on the angst and the tense atmosphere that this song is trying to portray. It brings to mind an image of a city in flames. Very effective.

All in all, I’m happy with this album. It’s not revolutionary, but it covers its bases well and it’s easy listening for anyone into the more mainstream metal. Lots of memorable hooks and moments of awe lie within. Have a listen, and show some love.