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Psychedelic Witchcraft - 'Sound Of The Wind' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     February 24, 2018    
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If this is the 'Sound Of The Wind', this band are shouting at the sky... daring hurricanes.

Blimey, talk about say what you see. Name your band Psychedelic Witchcraft and you aren't a boy band are you? You're going to be in a mist-drenched empty graveyard with an opening sarcophagus and ethereal wraiths to spare; seventies Horror is indeed present in this Florence band. So far, so Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, luckily however, there's a love of tough seventies music too.

Things are fuzzy and they hammer away like the team on the 'DIY SOS' programme, but they also float and meander around with little purpose. Virginia Monti's lugubrious vocal and the heavy riffing guitar make 'Lords Of The War' nastier, but when a clip from 'The Devil Rides Out' previews 'Wild We Go' (with its syncopated Prog section) and the Jefferson Airplane 'White Rabbit' reminiscent title track appears, they show a softer, more welcoming side.

Could be a hackneyed pastiche this, couldn't it? They manage to avoid that due to Jacopo Fallai's immediate guitar lines and a mix which never shrouds them in murk; 'Let Me Be Myself' even makes a good fist of slowly opening Blues, while 'Turn Me On' is the sexy, dangerous track your mother warned you about.

Monti (vocals), Fallai (guitar), Riccardo Giuffré (bas) and Mirko Buia (drums) should be proud of this, it sits somewhere between Purson and Blood Ceremony, finding a patch of reclaimed industrial earth; it's brutalist, grimy and dark. If this is the 'Sound Of The Wind', this band are shouting at the sky... daring hurricanes.

Steve Swift

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