The reality that any band immersed in a “retro”
rock sound faces is that their inability to transcend novelty will result in
them becoming a footnote in music history. After two releases of Black Sabbath/Pentagram worshiping doom, Sweden’s Witchcraft was close to a point of
stagnancy that could have stifled their career. However, what Witchcraft has
accomplished with The Alchemist ensures that neither today’s music listener nor
history will be able to ignore them.
Witchcraft may be part of a 70s rock revolution that will ultimately fade, but they have secured their own longevity. They not only pay homage to their predecessors, they contribute to those traditions and expand musical expectations.
This review originally appeared in the North Coast Journal November 8, 2007 email me at firstname.lastname@example.org