March 2015 saw the release of one of the finer demo’s this year by French doom metal quartet Hexenjäger. The band take their name for the German meaning for Witch Hunter. Opening track ‘Hexenjäger’ has an unsettling spoken dialogue intro. Bassist Flo explains. “The exchange at the beginning of the demo is an audio sample from the movie ‘Inquisicion’ (the first ever film directed by Spanish actor, Paul Naschy). He is tryin to get an assumed witch to confess to making a pact with the prince of darkness. The woman keeps reiterating that she is not a witch (No lo soy bruja). The pace of the track does not waver throughout, with the main riff is undoubtedly a tip of the hat to the legendary Black Sabbath, on the title track of their self-titled masterpiece of 1970. The vocals of are haunted, elongated and bellowing. Chilling stuff. Second track ‘Murk’ boasts a lurking behemoth of a riff. Unfortunately the vocals are not as strong here. Lead singer Charly seems to struggle to hit the high notes at around five minutes in. However, it is not something that could not be rectified in future releases and on the strength of this demo, there will surely be many more to come.
Charles (Guitars), Ben (Drums), Charly (Vocals), Flo (Bass).