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Review: Witchcraft - Firewood

Label: Rise Above Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 45:24
Tracks: 10
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: March 24, 2006
Reviewed by: Ktb
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)

'Firewood' is the second full-length from the Swedish Doomsters Witchcraft. They play stoner-influenced Doom metal, but for those who are looking for some really heavy and downtuned music, this band isn't for you. The riffs on this album are catchy, entertaining, and probably the most memorable stoner riffs I've ever heard.

Every song doesn't tire itself in the sense that every riffs gets repeated too many times. Without the bonus track, this album is a mere 34 minutes! But that doesn't turn the experience into a bad one, as I have been listening to this album since the day I got it. After over 50 listens, I can say that this is a doom masterpiece that will go into the Doom metal hall of fame alongside Black Sabbath and Candlemass. The production is immaculate: not too shiny or underdone. The sound of the drums give the music a sense of old-school doom/stoner metal. The vocalist sounds like he's been at it for 20 years. His voice sounds fully developed, and it's the type of voice that sticks in your head forever. Highlights on this album are easy to find, it's just the one that's the most memorable. 'Merlin's Daughter' and 'Mr Haze' both fit the requirements perfectly, even though the latter is quite short. 'You Suffer', the last track before the bonus track, is the most stoner-oriented track on this album. Catchy riffs as usual, but I get a different vibe from this track.

If you want an extremely memorable album, but you're also looking for an outstanding vocal performance and the likes, look no further than 'Firewood'. I guarantee it: you'll be humming along every time you spin this CD.

Other related information on the site
Interview with Jonas Arnesén (Drums) on October 19, 2005 (Interviewed by Cluedo)
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