|Review: Spellbook - Magick & Mischief|
|Magick & Mischief|
Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2020
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 23, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Magick & Mischief
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)
Spellbook were known as Witch Hazel for some 13 years before they decided to change their name. It you're into '70s hard rock and metal like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple—among others—then Magick & Mischief is pretty much guaranteed to be for you. The doomy heaviness of Sabbath is in there and so is the more upbeat and accessible hard rock of Deep Purple, all blended together for your ears' delight. The album really sounds like it came out of the '70s except, of course, for the modern production and sound, and even then the authenticity of the period's sound is still preserved. They even throw in some organ piano; that's kind of the weakest part here but it's still pretty cool, it just doesn't hold up as much to the rest of the album. The vocalist has a bit of an Ozzy thing going as well, very reminiscent of his best work with Sabbath back in the day. How's that for nostalgia? Magick & Mischief is like a trip back in time, with the heaviness cranked up a couple of notches.
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