Witchcraft (Magnus Pelander - vocals, electric guitar; John Hoyles - electric and acoustic guitars; Ola Henriksson - bass; and Fredrik Jansson - drums and percussion), who formed in 2000 in tribute to band heroes Roky Erickson and Bobby Liebling (Pentagram), create heavy, blues-based rock augmented with touches of psychedelica and late ‘60’s pop flourishes. The quartet`s first class songs reference the darker side of hard rock while remaining surprisingly accessible. Flying largely under the radar of the popular music landscape previously, Witchcraft is a hallowed name in underground circles and has found itself championed by a diverse cross-section of distinguished music adherents including American actor Elijah Wood, who publicly called the band "amazing," and Down frontman Philip Anselmo, who has proudly proclaimed Witchcraft as his "new favorite band."
Recorded 100% pro-tools and digital free at Stockholm`s UpandRunning studios with Producer Tom Hakava and using only vintage amplification, The Alchemist showcases a group of musicians at ease with their playing and songwriting. Addictive melodies flow simultaneously with catchy, heavy riffs, while maintaining a relaxed and laid back feel throughout. Among its many highlights, the album features the standout songs "Walk Between the Lines" and "Hey Doctor" as well as the record`s plat du jour, the three-part progressive rock odyssey of the title track, “The Alchemist.”
Written in a hotel room in Seattle during the fall of 2006 and evoking the spirit of the many early seventies British bands which have colored the Witchcraft sound; "Walk Between The Lines," according to guitarist John Hoyles, came together simply because he "wanted to write a short up-tempo song in the old classic rock vein." He adds, "I think it has an early Wishbone Ash, Stray, or Incredible Hog vibe to it. Or that’s what I wanted it to sound like." Described by frontman Magnus Pelander as being "essentially about not losing yourself and reminding yourself what you enjoy in life," "Walk Between the Lines" was the first track the band recorded as part of the album`s sessions and its basic tracks were nailed on the second take.
01. "Walk Between the Lines"
02. "If Crimson Was Your Colour"
04. "Hey Doctor"
05. "Samaritan Burden"
07. "The Alchemist (parts 1, 2 & 3)"
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! ENJOY!!!
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