Release Date: July 26, 2005
Styles: Hard Rock, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal
Recording Date: March 8, 2005 – March 22, 2005
Recording Location: New Rising Studios
Ask a group of doom metal or stoner rock enthusiasts what band was the blueprint for the doom/stoner field, and the vast majority will — without hesitation — say Black Sabbath. So when a band is as Sabbath-influenced as Witchcraft, it is understandable that some headbangers would describe them as a doom band. But Witchcraft isn’t nearly as forceful or as heavy as Eyehategod, Orange Goblin, or Toadliquor, and Firewood isn’t typical of what has been considered doom metal and stoner rock in the ’90s and 2000 — actually, this 2005 release shows no awareness of post-’80s metal or even post-’70s metal. Rather, Firewood is a total throwback to the heavy metal, hard rock, and psychedelic rock of the late ’60s and very early ’70s. Black Sabbath’s first few albums with Ozzy Osbourne are a strong influence, and the Swedish band’s other inspirations include Jethro Tull, Cream, Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and the great but underexposed Budgie. If one didn’t know for sure that Firewood was a 2005 recording, it would be easy to assume that the disc was recorded around 1969 or 1970 — even the production is totally retro. And while Witchcraft’s melodic offerings aren’t the least bit groundbreaking, they are enjoyable; this derivative outing won’t win any awards for originality, although it leaves no doubt that these Swedes are good at what they do.
Firewood isn’t in a class with the best albums that Sabbath, Tull, and Hendrix had to offer back in the Richard Nixon years, but it’s a decent, worthwhile example of Witchcraft’s desire to re-create the early years of heavy metal and hard rock.
|Chylde of Fire / Magnus Pelander||Witchcraft||2:50|
|If Wishes Were Horses / Magnus Pelander||Witchcraft||3:16|
|Mr. Haze / Magnus Pelander||Witchcraft||3:41|
|Wooden Cross (I Can’t Wake the Dead) / Magnus Pelander||Witchcraft||4:46|
|Queen of Bees / Magnus Pelander||Witchcraft||5:13|
|Merlin’s Daughter / Magnus Pelander||Witchcraft||1:32|
|I See a Man / Magnus Pelander||Witchcraft||3:59|
|Sorrow Evoker / Magnus Pelander||Witchcraft||5:44|
|You Suffer / Magnus Pelander||Witchcraft||2:43|
|Attention! / Magnus Pelander||Witchcraft||11:40|