Sunday 27 September 2015
Witchwood - Litanies From the Woods (2015)
The debut album from this Italian band.
The band name and cover art suggests USA. It is not. This is Italy. It is indeed the thriving Italian retro rock/prog scene who has spawned a new band.
For some reasons, this album has not been released through Black Widow Records. Which is strange because the music reeks BWR long way.........
Witchwood is a five piece band with a lineup of flutes, mandolin, Hammond organs, Moog, harmonica, guitars, bass, drums and English vocals.
The music is a blend of southern rock, classic rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock and progressive rock. The sound is very much 1970s. The ambience on this 80 minutes long album is also very much retro, the 1970s.
The musicians is doing a great job here and is taking us back to USA. The flutes and harmonica is great here. Parts of this album is like Led Zeppelin meeting Lynyrd Skynyrd. Then you also have more pastoral pieces of music here.
There is no real great pieces of music here and you are hard pressed to find a very good or even good songs here. Nevertheless, there is enough here to really drag the listener in and making the deep dive into the US and Italian retro rock worthwhile. This is a good album indeed. Check it out and you may find a new friend in this album. It is an intriguing album indeed.