We’re big fans of smoking, psychedelic Swedish post-Pentagram doom crew Witchcraft’s new third album The Alchemist, especially the 15-minute title track. Epic! But really, the whole thing — both breezy and sufficiently heavy — pairs so well with, and can even up, its grainier 2005 predecessor Firewood. Definitely one of 2007′s best. We also love ourselves some Roky Erickson, so imagine our joy when this Japanese-only Alchemist bonus track fell on our laps: Our favorite vintage-rocking Swedes since Dungen doing Erickson’s hauntingly rockin’ Gremlins Have Pictures tune “Sweet Honey Pie”! The only better thing we could’ve asked for on Halloween would be a Witchcraft cover of “Night Of The Vampire.”

They transform Erickson’s shaggy, nervous energy into such a smooth, green-leafed pastoral. Did you catch the final, important toke? Guess that’s how the often Doors-throated vocalist/guitarist Magnus Pelander nails light and airy? The tune also appeared on Scandinavian Friends: A Tribute to Roky Erickson — gotta track it down. In the meantime, neophytes really should head over to WitchSpace to sample some of Witchcraft’s self-penned treats. Hey, made it that far without a “spellcasting” pun.

The Alchemist is out now on Candlelight USA.

Comments (4)
  1. Thanks for posting this! A killer cover for sure.

    This band is way too underrated. I can’t understand how more people haven’t found out about Witchcraft yet.

    I am totally psyched to go see them play in Buffalo NY at the end of November.

  2. Phil Anselmo’s in their corner and now Stereogum too? More people will be finding out about them soon.

    They are vintage without being stale, not an easy thing to pull off.

  3. Geordie  |   Posted on Nov 8th, 2007 0

    Going to see them in VT and NYC this year.I saw them last year and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been at.Witchcraft is like the Sabbath of our times.

  4. Iroppymow  |   Posted on May 19th, 2008 0

    Hello my friends :)

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