Rather than counting down the days until we can celebrate Christmas, this year we’re bringing you a series of metal posts will be celebrating the countdown until we don’t have to be inundated with Christmas music and decorations everywhere. To coincide with this countdown we’ll be posting our top 25 metal (and metal-ish) albums of 2012. 25 days of hell, 25 rad metal albums to make up for it.
Playing “old school” heavy metal has been back in style for quite some time now, and many bands have come and gone during this time, only a handful of bands have stayed around and relevant. Witchcraft, with their classic blend of metal styles, are one of these bands. Their latest album, Legend, is potentially their best work to date. Taking cues from bands like Black Sabbath and Diamond Head, Witchcraft play music with thick chords, catchy grooves and monstrous vocal melodies. Intelligently and intricately written songs help reinforce and champion those catchy guitar licks and vocal melodies. Unlike many bands that play the old school heavy/doom metal style, though, Witchcraft’s recordings sound very polished. This allows the listener to pick up on all the little details; the band somehow managing to sound earnest even without the traditional fuzzy metal sound their influences employed. In terms of classic heavy/doom metal of today, it really doesn’t get much better than Witchcraft’s Legend and you’d be remiss as a metal fan for not at least giving them a listen.