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Witchcraft "Back To The 70ies?"
You want some more information about the great 60ies Heavy Rock influenced band WITCHCRAFT ( which plays f***** Psychedelic Doom Rock? Here we go… ok, let´s go with Ola, Fredrik and Magnus...
Weitere Infos zu Witchcraft:
Witchcraft The Alchemist
Witchcraft Legend
Witchcraft - Back To The 70ies?

Hi Witchcraft. How are you?! Congratulations with regard to your new CD. I like your “old style” very much, it is like back to the past –to the 60ies and 70ies; like a time jump with a time-machine!
Ola: Thanks! We are doing fine here on the road in the US of A. The schedule is a bit hectic but we‘ve had a couple of days off to rest now.

Tell us –in your own words- what the fans could expect from your new material?
Ola: A solid record with a lot of variation. From 60‘s garage and heavy hard rock to folk and psych.

What are the (main) differences between last record "Firewood" and the new one "The Alchemist” in your opinion – and why?
Fredrik:The songwriting, the production and the performance is way better than Firewood. Plain and simple.

What is the message of your record “The Alchemist” – the artwork, the lyrics – which people do you want to listen & to buy your record?
Ola: Every living soul, (and dead if possible) should buy and listen to this album because it will make you feel fucking awesome.

May some of our readers never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography (who is who!) and tell us some info about your last two years since the last record “Firewood”.
Witchcraft was formed in 2000 by Magnus Pelander{Guitar and vox, ex Norrsken). Ola Henriksson(bass, ex Great Mammoth) and John Hoyles(Guitar, ex Roadrunners) played on the first single. Both of them quit the band to concentrate on their own bands before rejoining in ,2004.Mats Arnesen played bass until 2004. Jonas Arnesen(drums, ex Pricks) played in the band from 2002 until 2006 when he quit to become a housewife. He was replaced by Jens Henriksson(Troubled Horse, Great Mammoth. Winchester Widowmakers) who also played on the first 7‘inch. Jens quit in 2007 and moved to Kongo to become a shrine builder. He was replaced by Fredrik Jansson(ex Abramis Brama, Count Raven).The Alchemist was recorded in june 2007, and here we are now.

You´re one of the deepest and truth (real-life) bands witch plays that great 70ies style in this modern world nowadays. We'd like to know something about your background in making music – your influences?! Are you really born too late :-) ?
Ola: I‘m actually born one week too soon, he he. Well are influenced by good music and that does not necessarily mean that it‘s from the 70‘s or the 60‘s. I can mention a lot of bands but if you start with looking at the credits on Cathedrals Forest of Equilibrium you got a lot of them there.

Which “point” in your life was important to play music like yours; may your parents did a good job or maybe you visiting a Cathedral gig or something like that?!
Ola: For me it was the first time I heard Black Sabbath, and then discovering Pentagram.

Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them and the process of song writing.
Magnus: Right now I‘d say Walk Between The Lines, since it has a bit to do with touring. To walk between everything that is scheduled to stray off the path to see what is out there. The songs are written on guitar mainly be me, John and Ola.

Any plans for next activities – tour, video? Witch bands would you like to support on a Tour?
Magnus: There will most definately be one or two videos coming up. Personally I have a feeling that Witchcraft supporting The Mars Volta would be fucking awesome. Or the almighty Tool. We‘re working on supporting The Hellacopters right now.
Hellacopters? It must be a long time ago…

Do you play in some other music-project? May some other style; like Death Metal, Blues or even Hip Hop :-) ?
Magnus: Ola and John plays in Troubled Horse (garage rock), Ola also plays in an alt country band called Winchester Widowmakers & Jansson plays bass in Count Raven.

Now the same question for all bands of Rise Above. Did there exist any expectations on the part of Rise Above Records (of Lee Dorian personal) how the album had to be like? How do you get the contract with Lee and how was the meeting with him?
Magnus: I am quite sure it did! We sent him the 7inch and he offered us a deal right away!

We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best wishes to you all. Thanks a lot…
Magnus: I am sure you will not be disappointed Fredrik is doing a killer job for us behind the kit.
geführt am 12.12.2007   von Arturek
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