|NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS
Release Date: 08 January 2016
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Witchcraft Nucleus Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set
When Magnus Pelander founded WITCHCRAFT back in the year 2000, he just did so to record a PENTAGRAM tribute album. It took until 2002 when the band finally released a first single. With their follow-up albums "Witchcraft" (2004), "Firewood" (2005) and "The Alchemist" (2007) they manifested their distinctive signature sound that is now known as Swedens finest psychedelic/classic rock band.
Enter 2012, the band and the found a new home with Nuclear Blast records releasing their first album in five years "Legend". Originally being both a guitarist and singer, Pelander chose to focus on his unique vocals with an all new line-up and the fine, authentic production by renowned producer Jens Bogren (PARADISE LOST, OPETH), "Legend" wasn't only a title for a new record, it is a strong statement and a payback for all WITCHCRAFT fans that have been waiting for a new sign of life from the band.
As long as it takes WITCHCRAFT to release another album, the results are astonishing each and every time. After the mind-blowing acclaim for "Legend" mastermind Magnus Pelander outdid himself with 'Nucleus'. Combining what made it's predecessor the modern classic it quickly became as well as elements of the band's earlier days makes 'Nucleus' a melancholic, raging, fragile, melodic and at times noisy masterpiece between classic rock, doom and ambient music. With an all new line-up (Rage Widerberg on drums and Tobias Anger on bass) the band sounds more hungry and powerful than ever again. In combination with the thrilling, yet very down-to-earth production by Philip Gabriel Saxin and Anton Sundell it just throws you into dreamy sonic landscapes that will mesmerize and haunt you alike.
Describing the process and the new guys surrounding him, Pelander, the free spirit he is, finds his very own words: "Producer Philip Gabriel Saxin is a rare breed. He's living off of seaweed and pomegranate seeds and only listens to Doom-metal. He rarely sleeps and if he does he sleeps in a couch made of hemp. Co-mixer and producer Anton Sundell is the most evil person I know about. Drummer Rage Widerberg is a descendant of a Swedish northern bear tribe and how he makes a living is impossible to tell. His speciality is changing flat tyres. Bass beast Tobias Anger doesn't want to be called by his real name so his family has invented a unique blow horn with which they awake him from his nightly dreams of paranoia and world domination."
2. Theory of Consequence
3. The Outcast
5. An Exorcism of Doubts
6. The Obsessed
7. To Transcend Bitterness
10. Chasing Rainbows