OCTOBER 5th 2012

Review By: Metal Mom

Band Members:
Magnus Pelander (vocals)
Simon Solomon (guitar)
Tom Jondelius (guitar)
Oscar Johansson (drums)
Ola Henriksson (bass)

When Magnus founded WITCHCRAFT back in 2000, he did it for the soul purpose of doing a Pentagram tribute album. “Legend” is their first album in five years. If you want to hear Sweden’s finest psychedelic/classic rock band, then this is it, pick up “Legend”, its definitely a superb choice. This was worth the wait, to have put a new line up together, and put out such an album, one that is uniquely their own, in fact I am having trouble writing this review, I cant help but listen to the music, forgetting that I should be getting my thoughts together to write. That’s when you know it’s a great CD, in fact the first song had my attention and it didn’t stop, I am pretty sure that I listened 3 times before writing this, and even then, I had to shut off the album so I could write.

The production, which was so well done, was done by renowned producer Jens Bogren (Kreator, Paradise Lost, Opeth, Amon Amarth), excellent choice when you listen to the production on this.

For the fans of WITCHCRAFT, who have been waiting for a new life from the band, you got it, this is such a strong offering given to you. The wait is over, and it was well worth it.

The music you are going to find, I am going to say its classic rock, the sound that most of us grew up with in the 70’ and 80’s, the sound that had us all captivated, and still has a hold on us when we hear it. Well WITCHCRAFT has done an absolutely amazing job of recreating it, with their own sound entwined. Its energetic and its got a driving force with the rock guitar riffs, the melodic tunes, in other words, its got everything that you can possible want here, including the strong vocals. All 9 tracks are solid, no filler here, and in all fairness I don’t really want to jam them into a genre, this kind of sound, fits anywhere at anytime. Its just that good, you are going to be listening and all of a sudden, its got you enthralled and you are tapping your fingers, or bobbing your head along, its inevitable, but you’re going to be loving it. Don’t take my word for it, this album “Legend” is flawless and  an absolute must have, whether you like progressive, doom, psychedelic, heavy metal , hard rock, stoner metal , this is the one for you, so go check it out, you will know what I mean when you hear it for the first time.