Review by Adam M on October 20, 2012.
This record is very reminiscent of the classics of the downtrodden Doom such as Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus. The same plodding riffs and Ozzy or Wino style vocals are present and the song-writing of this band is quite solid as well. The traditional nature of the album makes it great for an accessible listen that will appeal to many different fans of the older style of metal.
'Mr. Haze' shows an interesting nature for Witchcraft with some added acoustic guitars. The mood of the album is laid back, but also doomy creating a feeling of darkness, but at the same time restrained warmth. It’s not as stellar in quality as the early Black Sabbath or Candlemass records, for example, but there are still many quality moments to be found throughout the length of this material. Fans of this style will be satisfied with the riffs and atmosphere of the album, but there isn’t anything particularly original to be found here either. Overall, the pacing and song-writing is about as tight as necessary for this type of a work. The songs flow well together and groove nicely as individual pieces as well. The pitch of the singer is very interesting and fits the doomy nature of the songs well throughout the entire work. There is enough variation, but it’s pretty standard in sound through and through.
Fans of the Doom style will definitely be interested in checking out "Firewood" as it is one that will fill their need for the classic interpretation of the style in particular.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8 out of 10