Magnus Pelander (formerly of Norrsken) formed Witchcraft in 2000 in order to record a tribute to Pentagram's Bobby Liebling and Roky Erickson. Rise Above Records signed them and released the debut album, recorded in a basement studio with vintage equipment, which gave them their very seventies-esque sound. In mid-2004, the band toured Europe with Orange Goblin and Grand Magus, and visited Sojo's amongst other venues. Witchcraft recorded their second album, Firewood, in England, and it was released on Rise Above in 2005. Last year drummer Jens Henriksson once again left Witchcraft and was replaced by Fredrik Jansson (of Abramis Brama). Their third and most recent album, The Alchemist, was released on October 8th, 2007 by Rise Above Records.
"Like most bands on Rise Above, the label founded by Cathedral's Lee Dorrian, these young Leeds scamps have
their head in clouds that dispersed during the 1970's. But thanks to an almost punk-rock mentality and
unnerving levels of energy, the smell of nostalgia is all but absent from this record. Instead, songs like
Out of the Eye and Mistress Mistrust jerk and groove like a speed-fuelled, ultra snotty version of Free
circa Tons of Sobs. Elsewhere, on the goofy melodrama of Heavy Petting, Gentlemans Pistols swagger like
haggard veterans." (Classic Rock review)
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