CD review WITCHCRAFT ‘Black Metal’

I think that most people don’t think of an acoustic album when reading ‘Black Metal’. Black metal, that stands for Venom and their cult album and/or for a genre with all its gloom and musical purgatory. At least as far as darkness is concerned, the new Witchcraft album makes a good contribution to the grayer parts of life.

Witchcraft these days, that’s founding member Magnus Pelander. In 20 years Witchcraft has become one of Sweden’s hottest Doom Metal acts, always with a touch of the occult and anchored in Classic Rock.

With ‘Black Metal’, Pelander is now breaking new ground, although the approach isn’t entirely new. ‘Time’, his solo debut, was already a purely acoustic album and ‘Black Metal’ continues this journey.

Instead of hard riffs and nagging vocals, it’s singer/songwriter sounds that you’ll find on ‘Black Metal’. What connects the new work and the early releases is the darkness that runs like a red thread through all Witchcraft albums and ‘Black Metal’ is no exception, even if the sound changes. The songs on ‘Black Metal’ are full of melancholy and sadness, like clouds moving in front of the springlike sun. This record is emotionally heavy and pitiless, sometimes with lengthy moments in which you wish you would see a few rays of sunshine.

This album is different from what fans of Witchcraft are used to and so it is recommended to give the album a short check in advance. But if you can’t stand the spring-like colors anymore then ‘Black Metal’ offers at least an sonic alternative.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Elegantly Expressed Depression
  2. A Boy and a Girl
  3. Sad People
  4. Grow
  5. Free Country
  6. Sad Dog
  7. Take Him Away

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Acoustic

Release Date EU: May 1st, 2020

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