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 pioneering band has never made excuses for their inspirations, but went on to craft numerous genre-defining classics themselves. Witchcraft’s illustrious career from their self-titled debut in 2004 through to the 2012’s “Legend” album and the wondrous “Nucleus” in 2016, became cult classics and propelled the band to new levels of reverence within their scene. When it comes to blending doom with classic rock and flourishes of masterful ambience, nobody could touch them.
Now, Magnus takes Witchcraft in a brave new direction, setting forth into entirely new territory and by moving forward alone. Exhibiting the pure emotion that has always lived at the core of the band’s work, Witchcraft‘s first new album in four years, “Black Metal”, is an entirely acoustic release. From the opener and first single, ‘Elegantly Expressed Depression’ ( listen below ), to ‘Sad People’ or the haunting track ‘A Boy And A Girl’, it’s clear that this new facet of the band’s sound allows the rawness and fragility to shine in an entirely new light. “Black Metal” is a striped back exploration of the darkness within, expressed beautifully by Magnus Pelander’s unique, trademark vocals and his acoustic guitar. The minimalism of Bill Callaghan, the tenderness of an Elliot Smith and 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 classic rock as it stands in 2020.
“Black Metal” is out now via Nuclear Blast, a must-have that belongs into every well-sorted Witchcraft and rock record collection. Purchase your album copy, available as CD, Vinyl and in Digital formats at THIS LOCATION!
Haunting and beautiful!”
“Depression dressed in beautiful acoustic tones. The new WITCHCRAFT’s sound delights you
with sadness and emotionally shatters you in the end!”
Spark Rock Magazine, CZ
Ein zauberhaft reduziertes und feingliedriges Werk!
Metal Hammer, DE
“Renunciation, loneliness, introspection, consideration.
The feelings of an one of a kind artist!”
Metal Hammer, GR
“Schwermütig und andächtig. Eine wirklich absolut ungewöhnliche Scheibe!”
Sonic Seducer, DE
“A genuine, heartfelt record!”
The Sleeping Shaman, UK
“Black Metal” Tracklisting:
1. Elegantly Expressed Depression
2. A Boy And A Girl
3. Sad People
5. Free Country
6. Sad Dog
7. Take Him Away