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The Swedish retro-doom-psych-folk band known as Witchcraft was started in 2000 by vocalist/guitarist Magnus Pelander, whose original intent was to record a single in tribute to Pentagram's Bobby Liebling and Roky Erickson -- how often does that happen? Calling on his friend John Hoyles (guitar) and brothers Ola (bass) and Jens Henriksson (drums) to lend a hand, Pelander did indeed record that single (titled "No Angel or Demon") and released it through small independent Primitive Arts Records in 2002. Then, encouraged by the results, he continued to compose material for Witchcraft while his bandmates pursued other interests. A year would pass before they reconvened as Witchcraft, and with new drummer Jonas Arnesen in tow, the quartet began preparing their eponymous debut album for release through Rise Above the following year. Recorded in a basement studio outfitted exclusively with vintage equipment, the album captured a hauntingly authentic '70s sound -- steeped not only in the heavy-handed work of Black Sabbath and Pentagram, but also in the psych and folk-rock elements of obscure acts like Leaf Hound, Captain Beyond, and Comus. Firewood followed in 2005, featuring a cover of Pentagram's "When the Screams Come," and in 2007 the band issued their third studio long-player, The Alchemist. Witchcraft made the move to Nuclear Blast for their fourth outing, Legend, which introduced new members Simon Solomon (guitar), Tom Jondelius (guitar), and Oscar Johansson (drums). Nucleus, their second LP for Nuclear Blast, followed in early 2016. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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  1.   Song
  2.   Dead End
  3.   Attention!
  4.   An Alternative to Freedom
  5.   The Alchemist
  6.   Her Sisters They Were Weak
  7.   We Rest
  8.   By Your Definition
  9.   If Wishes Were Horses
  10.   To Transcend Bitterness
  11.   Witchcraft
  12.   Perverted Temple of Goatsodomy
  13.   Even in His Youth
  14.   Chasing Rainbows
  15.   Helpless
  16.   An Exorcism of Doubts
  17.   The Outcast
  18.   Take Me With You When You Die
  19.   Democracy
  20.   Dystopia
  21.   White Light Suicide
  22.   It's Not Because of You
  23.   Flag of Fate
  24.   Deconstruction
  25.   Samaritan Burden
  26.   Hey Doctor
  27.   Walk Between the Lines
  28.   Schyssta Logner
  29.   You Suffer
  30.   Sorrow Evoker
  31.   I See a Man
  32.   Merlin's Daughter
  33.   Queen of Bees
  34.   Mr. Haze
  35.   Chylde of Fire
  36.   It's So Easy
  37.   I Want You to Know
  38.   No Angel or Demon
  39.   Lady Winter
  40.   If Crimson Was Your Colour
  41.   What I Am
  42.   Malstroem
  43.   Ghosts House
  44.   Remembered
  45.   Leva
  46.   Please Don't Forget Me
  47.   At the Diabolus Hour
  48.   Breakdown
  49.   Theory of Consequence
  50.   Ultraviolet
  51.   Wooden Cross (I Can't Wake the Dead)
  52.   Nucleus
  53.   The Obsessed
  54.   You Bury Your Head
  55.   The Snake
  56.   Grave Immolation

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