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  • Audio CD (23 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B000VT6FMW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,181,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walk Between the Lines
2. If Crimson Was Your Colour
3. Leva
4. Hey Doctor
5. Samaritan Burden
6. Remembered
7. The Alchemist

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Salty on 16 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
Swedish band Witchcraft were originally formed as a sort of tribute to 70's Virginia based doom band Pentagram. The band's work ethic is based around reproducing or replecating Pentagram & other 70's band's such as Iron Butterfly to create their own brand of authentic & nostalgic rock/doom. In fact, the band played a gig in 2006 covering two Pentagram songs with guest vocals by Bobby Liebling, the original Pentagram singer/founding member.

While this is the bands third release, on Lee Dorrian's Rise Above records (also home to Electric Wizard & the brillant Welsh band Taint) this is my first dose of Witchcraft & whilst avoiding using any terrible puns, the album is simply magnificent. Similar to the most recent release by Electric Wizard, the album is so authentic & warmly produced, sounding just like a record by any number of the 70's bands Witchcraft cite as their influences. Frontman Magnus Pelander has a superb voice & the producer, as well as the rest of the band, know it. His vocals sit clearly upfront in the mix, while the rest of the band effortlessly create sheer brillance around him. No one tune has a specific chorus or vocal section, whilst all of them are extememly catchy. The melodies twist & turn, keeping you listening & bringing constant reasons to delve into the album time & again. Opener 'Walk Between The Lines', sets the stage in grand fashion acting as a solid example of how every track works. The simple formula of bass-guitar-drums is stretched to maximum effect, producing pretty uptempo rock with a slight hint of prog such as in 'Remembered' (whch contains a very jazzy bit of saxophone from Anders Andersson) & the 13 odd minute closer 'The Alchemist'.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Oct 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you want to be technical, an alchemist transforms base metals into gold -- or at least, that's what they tried to do.

Well, Witchcraft's dark, grimy stoner-rock was hardly "base metal" to begin with -- no pun intended -- but the Swedish band are even more polished in their third full-length album, "The Alchemist." Lots of heavy blazing stoner-rock tinged with metal and blues, but faster and more energetic than in their last album.

I started getting uneasy with the first song, "Walk Between the Lines," a relatively sprightly song full of twisting guitar and nimble drums. For Witchcraft, this is positively poppy, but it has the hard edges to keep you listening, especially when Magnus Pelander is unleashing his dramatic, sinuous vocals.

Then things REALLY get moving with the fiery, driven doom-rocker "If Crimson Was Your Colour." The songs that follow are a bit more in the vein of their past releases -- grimy, retro-flavoured stoner hard-rock, with slowly twisting riffs and intense melodies. But they are a little faster and more energetic than before, and the sound suits them.

Things do pep up a little in the last quarter with the energetic "Remembered." But the album really blossoms with the fifteen-minute finale: a solid stoner-rocker that dissolves into a melodious, airy little guitar tune laced with watery synth. Then it picks up steam again, and grinds back into a rapid-fire hard-rocker... and ends with a lonely little riff.

"The Alchemist" is a bit more friendly to new listeners than Witchcraft's past two albums. But they haven't sacrificed more than a little of their brooding stoner-rock sound -- it's still driving hard-rock with a doom edge, as well as heavy doses of blues-rock and psychedelica.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 16 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
The general view seems to be that witchcraft are doom metal,i dont see that at all here,some stylings perhaps but this isnt doom,no sir,this is kinda groove rock with a trippy nature that isnt intrusive really,folky in parts but never sustained ,just good time rock n roll,yes they were heavier once upon a time but to call this doom is plain lazy.
Witchcraft hail from sweden but this album has an american feel to it,think of the 1970s rock movement and we are half way there,groovy riffs played at a fast enough pace with a vocalist that sounds alot like jim morrison and danzig,yeah that isnt a bad example at all,throw in an assortment of instruments such as organ and saxophone and you are starting to understand the feeling that this album wishes to create.
As decent an album as this is,its fair to say that it opens with perhaps the worst track on here,mind you there are only 7 tracks,'walk between the lines' just grates at me,i dont like it,i have tried,some elements are pleasing but as a whole it is a weak opener,but then we get a cracking wee track in 'if crimson was your colour',this is a great nippy song that gets pulses racing,i am also very fond of 'hey doctor' and 'remembered' and the epic final track which clocks in at 14 minutes or so is a good track,at first it outstays its welcome then it shifts gears and we are left with a very memorable song indeed.
This isnt a perfect album but there is some good stuff to treasure nonetheless,a less established band from england called gentlemens pistols have done this ode to the 70s better in my opinion but this is solid enough,3 stars.
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