• WITCHCRAFT - Black Metal LP
NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS
Magnus Pelander’s Witchcraft have existed at the forefront of occult tinged classic rock ever since their formation in the year 2000, when Magnus decided to form the band so that he could record a tribute to his idols Roky Erickson and Pentagram’s Bobby Liebling. The track in question ‘No Angel Or Demon’ was released in 2002 and was the spark that ignited Witchcraft’s now illustrious career from their self-titled debut in 2004 through to the wondrous ‘Nucleus’ in 2016.
Now, Magnus takes Witchcraft in a brave new direction, setting forth into entirely new territory. Exhibiting the pure emotion that has always lived at the core of the band’s work, by moving forward alone. The band’s first new album in four years, ‘Black Metal’, is an entirely acoustic release. From opener, and first single, ‘Elegantly Expressed Depression’ it’s clear that this new facet of the band’s sound allows the rawness and fragility to shine in an entirely new light. The minimalism of Bill Callaghan, the tenderness of Elliot Smithand the air of slight discomfort that could only be Witchcraft combine to make this record a truly unique spectacle, not only in the band’s catalogue, but in the world of guitar music as it stands in 2020.