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SpellBook – Deadly Charms


Genre: Heavy Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Cruz Del Sur
Year: 2022

Imagine a giant cauldron. You drop into it, Sabbath – wise huge riffs, 70’s Hard Rock foundations, infectious groove, Ozzy-inspired vocal lines, a strong flirt with occult rock, thetrical approaching, Alice Cooper vibes, twin guitars, lyrics about Pennsylvania witch trials, horror, a witch doctor murder, losing friends over heroin addiction, demonic possession, squealing solos, solid thick bass lines, tremendous drumming, Pentagram (the band) aura, clean production, Judas Priest and Scorpions hints and you blend them for 2 years, just after your debut release in 2020 entitled ‘Magick & Mischief’. Previously you have changed line-up as Les Yarde and Patrick ‘Patty’ Benton join the quintet that now features two new guitarists. Before that and in fact even before the release of their debut they have changed their name into SpellBook from Witch Hazel. You may have chosen the perfect elements and the appropriate ingredients. You must have a really good (sophomore) album in your hands but on the other hand the final result could also be a mess, but here it doesn’t! Actually is rather catchy, with nine memorable compositions that will bring in mind White Magician from Detroit, Michigan. SpellBook (from Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) of course isn’t so Blue Oyster Cult oriented, but they have a same approaching and they filter in the same veins their influences (here Ozzy meets 70’s Rock motif). Highlights: ‘Rehmeyer’s Hollow,’ ‘Pandemonium,’ ‘The Witch of Riley Creek,’ ‘Night Of The Doppelganger’ and ‘Deadly Charms.’

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