Sex and Magic: Nightbitch 2010 EP
September 7, 2011
The first guitar riff on Nightbitch‘s album entitled “Sex and Magic” takes me back to a time when music was raw, dark, and powerful. The music, evocative of NWOBHM bands, is perfect to tune in and drop out to. Philip Swanson’s (yes, he has yet another project) vocals are reminiscent of Ozzy while maintaining originality. The music has the same old sense of gloom and doom (which is by no means a bad thing). Sometimes a bit sleazy, this band is teetering on the fine line of cheesy and awesome. Though the album in a whole is one that you can play through several times in a row, it almost leaves you wanting something more. The lyrics are typical occult and horror inspired, delivered well, and it goes perfect with the heavy guitar and drums. The album consists of 5 tracks with a total of 17 minutes, short and sweet. It starts off with “L’Inferno,” setting the general pace of the entire album, very nicely transitioning into “Ritual of Self” which I can’t help but be reminded of early Judas Priest. With the slower tempo of “Nightbitch,” it gives you a chance to completely tune out, followed by a slap in the face with the track entitled “Blood Moon.” Ending with a bang, and my personal favorite song, “Sex and Magic,” it gives you the real taste of doom that you wanted the entire album. If the album cover, a woman clad in black in front of an oak tree, the bands odd name, and the album title isn’t enough to make you want to buy this, the first track will definitely confirm any suspicions of the credibility of this band! Although the band is not a landmark, nor is it even very original, you will NOT be disappointed, by any means!