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- The Alchemist by Witchcraft
8/10 Charles Rochouane Customer review, 19th November 2014
I am a fan of Witchcraft since I heard this group at the Hellfest. I like this album for Magnus Pelander's powerful incantations. The sound of the guitar and some riffs remind me the great rock bands of the 70s, as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple... It is timeless rock, calm and powerful. I hope to see Witchcraft again. lml (sorry for my english).
10/10 Nick Smith Customer review, 27th February 2014
Starting out as a Pentagram covers band with a penchant for Roky Erickson they soon paved the way for a new breed of Swedish rock bands (see: Graveyard, Troubled Horse and Horisont) influenced by traditional hard rock of the 60's and 70's. These influences are apparent throughout "The Alchemist", their 3rd album, and in one word it is a masterpiece. Along with the traditional doom rock influence it has moments of psychedelia leaning towards The Doors and Iron Butterfly. The first track on The Alchemist "Walk Between The Lines" is a garage rock affair with vintage warmth and vocals with a Nordic lean. Things ante up with second track "If Crimson Was Your Colour" which sounds so authentic, so great it could fool the eldest of rock enthusiasts in thinking it was released when Bill Bruford was still playing tubs for Yes. The third track "Leva" is sung entirely in the bands native tongue, it has a minimal jam feel for most of the verse until the strings open and take the fuzz to the max for the chorus/bridge. The groove is swinging, it’s simply righteous! "Hey Doctor" follows with a Never Say Die era Sabbath riff that will stay with you every day after you hear it. They nod towards classic British bands, it is the only song Sabbath never wrote...it rips at the mid-point "Fight fire with fire and then you fight back, uhhh!" drum fills, solo's and then that first riff returns - it's a classic. I must skip to the final track though "The Alchemist”. An epic 14+ minute monster, and features a myriad of sounds and styles, it is the epitome of what a closing track should be and features a beautifully organic halfway in – nodding towards all the aforementioned influences. As you can expect though they bring the rock back and end with the mother of all doom rock riffs and a sing-along that will stick with you forever “I’m like a soldier in a battlefield, I pull my horses back and leave yeah”. This record is nostalgic, authentic and absolutely flawless.
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