The First Listen Record Review Chronicles, Part 1

Witchcraft – Legend

This is a nice hard rock record. It’s a shame that it isn’t more than that. There are some standout tracks — the first single, “It’s Not Because Of You”, is great, for example — but by playing up the riffs and downplaying the singular psych elements that made The Alchemist an instant classic, they’ve been pulled back into the peloton of retro rockers. They still have Magnus Pelander singing, so they’re right at the front edge of the pack, but their days of leading the breakaway group look to be behind them.

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