Thanks to a very good recommendation from a Reddit user I came across this young Swedish band named Witchers Creed, which has just dropped its debut LP: Awakened From The Tomb… And it’s really surprising to see how these musicians manifest such impressive confidence in manipulating and re-elaborating sounds and influences from many heterogeneous and influential bands, spanning from Candlemass to Fu Manchu, generating a final result that is at the same time beautifully vintage but also fresh and lively.
Witchers Creed was founded a few years ago by three childhood friends who grew up influenced by the music of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. After a number of initial experiments, they eventually consolidated the current line-up which consists of Filip Andersson (guitar, vocals), Emil Bjällerhag (bass, vocals) and Charlie Rangstedt (drums). As said, however, despite their young age, the music played by Witcher Creed is anything but naive and superficial. And this clearly means that the three rockers have a great passion for what they do but also a remarkable talent: it must not be so easy to craft a style of rock that, although being impregnated with the legacy of the masters of doom and rock, still manages to appear fairly original and intriguing.
From a musical point of view, their sound is characterized by a few but effective features: a warm and powerful stoner-like bass, which is one of the element which impressed me the most of this LP, a guitar that churns out endless sequences of catchy and sticky riffs, a simple yet effective rhythmic session and, last but not least, a powerful and fascinating voice.
The album consists of some tracks that are basically pure and simple rock and roll songs, and another set of pieces which manifest a more evident stoner rock feeling. In both cases, there is always in the background an intriguing dark atmosphere which reflects their passion for classica doom.
Awakened From The Tomb… is a really nice and promising debut LP. I give it a convinced rating of 7/10.
My favourite songs are Raven’s Claw, the delicate Larissa, and the instrumental title-track, which closes the LP with a final rush of psychedelic stoner atmospheres.
Awakened From The Tomb… is available for streaming on Spotify.
The LP in now featured also in DUST and SAND, the playlist that I’m curating on Spotify with all the best and latests songs in stoner.