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it more or less does what it says on the tin(sleeve)
on 16 April 2008
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.