CD review WYTCH HAZEL ‘III – Pentecost’

Compared to the retro sound the guys prefer to play, Wytch Hazel is a rather young band. Founded in 2011, it was the ‘Prelude’ album that made Wytch Hazel appear on the scene for the first time in a full-length setup. This was in 2016 and two years later the second record followed with ‘II: Sojourn’. The successor is now also shipped to the stores and is called ‘III: Pentecost’.

As already mentioned, Wytch Hazel play hard rock with a certain metal flavor that breaks through here and there. The whole style is rather retro and reminds of the late 70s and early 80s while being anchored in the present.

Influenced by the sound of bands like Black Sabbath and Blue Öster Cult, the four guys create beautiful soundscapes that combine solid hardness with catchy melodies and songs like ‘Dry Bones’ reflect this very well. What also becomes obvious is the successful combination of mystical vibes and majestic sounds, which together guarantee an irresistible journey into the world of sound in ten chapters.

Another great tune that is worth listening to is called ‘I Am Redeemed”. A galloping rhythm, a great melody and the warm sound of a Hammond show that ‘traditional’ does not automatically mean ‘boring’. In contrary, it’s lively and dynamic. The way the different components are put together makes ‘I Am Redeemed’ a highlight on ‘III – Pentecost’. Also to mention is the beautiful sound of ‘The Crown’, a hymn that spreads a beautiful vibe from a time long ago.

Wytch Hazel’s latest album is a felicitous record that deserves to be listened to. The magic of ‘III – Pentecost’ is that each song goes straight to ear and mind, and yet there are enough details that only become apparent while listening to the album a second, third,… time.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. He is the Flight
  2. Spirit and Fire
  3. I Am Redeemed
  4. Archangel
  5. Dry Bones
  6. Sonata
  7. I Will Not
  8. Reap the Harvest
  9. The Crown
  10. Ancient of Days

Label: Bad Omen Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2020

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