Jori : Burning Witches is a Swiss female fivesome that knows how to play a decent portion of Judas Priest-like metal. This self-titled debut album gives a good impression of what this band is capable of. The album opens at speed with ‘Black Widow’ on which vocalist Seraina starts by showing off her highest scream, and that is as impressive as her clear clean voice. But that does not describe all of it, for we are also treated on a tasty mayhem of good old-fashioned heavy metal, turned to the likes of Crystal Viper, Doro and perhaps Battle Beast by the female vocals. Guitar duo Romana and Alea take care of the crisping riffs and fiery solos. In ‘the Dark Companion’ the opening is slow, and is demonstrated that the band stands firm without continuous smashing as well. That hope gets a dent with the meagre ballad ‘Save Me’ though. Another dent is that the songs do not pass the level of clichés, as proven using only song titles like ‘Metal Demons’ and ‘Creator Of Hell’. Leaving this out of the picture, this is a very decent piece of work, especially for a demo album, and hopefully there is still room for development. This is a recommendation for everyone who can appreciate some decent female fronted METAL and smashed its head against the wall while listening to this pop album. And let’s not forget to mention the cover of Judas Priest here, in the shape of ‘Jawbreaker’.