Psychedelic Witchcraft - Sound Of The Wind

Psychedelic Witchcraft - Sound Of The Wind

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(CD, Listenable Records, 2017)

Over the years, I have learned to trust some countries for specific Metal genres and I think the “easy” mentions are Germany for Thrash and Sweden for melodic Death Metal. One more country that deserves to be an immediate pick is Italy but not only for the Symphonic Power Metal; yeah, Italy has a tradition in Stoner and Psychedelic bands which are extremely good in creating '70s-infused Metal with a pinch of horror aesthetics. And for the latter reason, the new PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT album, titled “Sound Of The Wind”, immediately piqued my interest. I mean, who can say 'no' to a good-looking witch standing outside a house in her best '70s outfit?

Ok, the latter comment may sound a bit discriminatory on nowadays’ (and sometimes crazy) standards, but still, in some cases, it is fine to judge a book by its cover. Sure, the clean guitar-based instrumental reveals absolutely nothing aside from the subtle hints of the down-tuning and the almost “Planet Caravan” percussion which proves that PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT have done their homework. And then comes “Lord Of The War” with all Doom / Stoner guns blazing. The almost clean guitar riff preps the way for the Doom groove that soon gets flesh and bones through the distortion and Virginia Monti’s fantastic vocals. Her timbre is perfect for this sound with a nice grit that may reveal some Soul background in her singing studies. In this type of Metal, the sound production plays an important role as it defines the decade where the influences come from. I mean, you cannot but think of the '70s the moment the foot-taping groove of “Wild We Go” hits the speakers. Yeah, the way the bass and drums (love the hi-hat sound) handle the rhythm section is all about that decade, and if you have a hard time to point it out, then wait for the guitar solo. If you want a couple of references to find your bearing style-wise, then I would mention JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES, THE DEVILS BLOOD, LUCIFER over even AVATARIUM, with the latter one coming from the Space-y “Sound Of The Wind”.

The Italians get a bit faster and heavier with the catchy “Rising On The Edge” that I am sure will give you some BLACK SABBATH goosebumps during the guitar solo where the rhythm section stands a tad higher on the mix keeping the focus on the groove - just awesome. Having fast songs is always welcomed, but I think it is the slower ones that put the band’s strong music-writing hand on the spotlight. Take for example the Blues-y “Let Me Be Myself” with the amazing keyboard melodies that will soon let you pick your spot in the darkest corner of a smoke-filled bar with a glass of bourbon in hand. It is worth to note that this song fades into the instrumental and album closer “Horizons” which really sounds like it was part of the previous song. At any rate, the tempo picks up the pace as the piano-sounding keys exchange leading-roles with the guitar while the bass has the perfect volume to keep your foot-taping non-stop (headbanging is not excluded).

If you’re listening to the digital format of the album and have the repeat mode on, you will notice how “Horizons” leads you to the beginning, trapping you in enjoyable loop as you dive deeper in to this fantastic album. However, there is a vinyl edition out and this is what I have in my crosshairs as this music deserves to see the needle falling on the wax and let it spin...

9/10


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Tracklist:

01. Maat
02. Lord Of The War
03. Wild We Go
04. Sound Of The Wind
05. Turn Me On
06. Rising On The Edge
07. The Warrens
08. Sin Of Mine
09. Let Me Be Myself
10. Horizons


Lineup:

Riccardo Giuffrè - Bass
Virginia Monti - Vocals
Mirko Buia - Drums
Jacopo Fallai - Guitar