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By far the most accomplished and haunting music Witchcraft have released to date.

Witchcraft were formed in 2000 by Magnus Pelander and their debut album appeared in 2004 to critical acclaim with three further albums appearing up until 2012. Now in the present day, their latest release 'Nucleus' features a new line-up; joining Magnus on guitar and vocals are Rage Widerberg on drums and Tobias Anger on bass guitar.

Proceedings kick off with 'Maelstrom', a song that digs deep into the bowels of emotion. The guitar guides through nearly four minutes of gut crunching riff work, before the vocals arrive like sunshine through the clouds. Pelander's vocals are a combination of tragedy and sermon where each breathe is captured perfectly.

The influence of Pentagram and Atomic Rooster shines through 'Theory Of Consequences' and 'The Obsessed', both songs have a sonic seventies vibe to them that will rattle your teeth. The subtle use of the flute in 'The Outcast' brought to mind early Jethro Tull as Pelander taps into a Folksier Rock style of vocal which adds depth to the album as whole.

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The epic fourteen minute piece title track takes the more esoteric moments of The Doors and Blue Oyster Cult and melds them into a slow burning melody that twists and turns into a forest of ideas. The hymn like quality of 'Breakdown' is not unlike some of Sabbath Assembly's work, or maybe even a soundtrack to one of David Lynch's movies.

The delicately crafted dynamics on all the songs here are by far the most accomplished and haunting music Witchcraft have released to date.

Ray Paul

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