Here's another band that's been absent for nearly five years, Witchcraft. However, in those five years, while almost disbanding, the band has regrouped with two new guitarists, Simon Solomon and Tom Jondelius, and a new drummer Oscar Johansson. Founder Magnus Pelander will be using this change to focus on vocals.
Witchcraft began as Pentagram tribute band, so you get where they're coming from, at least at the start: traditional heavy, doom, and stoner metal. However, while those elements remain, early tracks of Legend remind more of groove laden Seventies psychedelic heavy rock, especially It's Not Because of You. Considering the bands roots and some of the later songs, this tune is nearly upbeat melodic rock.
You get closer to the stoner side of things only by the sixth track, White Light Suicide. The full breadth of the classic doomish stoner motif finally comes on Dystopia and closing opus Dead End. Impressive throughout is the guitar work which makes the changes a good thing. Legend seems the tale of two discs. For my part, I found the melodic heavy psychedelic rock much more creative and entertaining then doomish side of things, but that's just my preference. Fans of the band and the representative genres should enjoy the breadth of the album. Recommended.
Witchcraft returns with Legend, a record that offers a nice contrast of melodic and psychedelic heavy rock with more doomish stoner rock.
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