York (PA) - Magick & Michief, the debut album from vintage proto-metal purveyors SpellBook , is out now on all major digital platforms via Cruz Del Sur Music .
Stream/Purchase Magick & Mischief
Cruz Del Sur Music will release Magick & Mischief September 25 on CD and vinyl formats. Formerly known as Witch Hazel, SpellBook marries Black Sabbath, Pentagram and progressive rock for seven songs of entrancing classic metal!
"The whole album has a feel of 70s heavy metal, while being a modern Heavy Metal classic." (5/5)
- Breaking Necks Metal Blog
"Fans of classic rock and proto doom will love this album, with each listen ‘Magick…’ becomes more spellbinding and many doom bands could learn a thing or two from this release."
- Metalheads Forever
"Magick & Mischief is like a trip back in time, with the heaviness cranked up a couple of notches. It you're into '70s hard rock and metal like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple—among others—then Magick & Mischief is pretty much guaranteed to be for you." (4.3/5)
- The Metal Crypt
"Lots of Black Sabbath, a bit of Blue Öyster Cult, and even Deep Purple shines through every now and then. Great album!" (8.5/10)
- Rock Hard
"Don’t make the mistake of thinking that SpellBook is merely another band in a long line of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Pentagram worship. SpellBook takes the reigns left by those bands and leads the genre in a new and exciting direction that will instantly make this a classic release in the decade ahead."
- Monsters, Madness and Magic
"Sensationally good hardrock!" (8.5/10)
- Deaf Forever
"Classic hard rock music - well done!" (8/10)
"With each listen it becomes more spellbinding." (8/10)
- Powerplay Magazine
"Those of you who have not had the opportunity to get in touch with the former Witch Hazel do it directly with Spellbook… the magic (Magick) you will feel is above all evil (Mischief)!"
- Rock 'n' Roll Monuments
"Highly explosive hard n' heavy sounds!" (8.5/10)
- FFM Rock
"Groove and good energy!"
- Scream Magazine
"SpellBook is playing with persuasive power!" (9/10)
- Hellfire Magazin
"While influences from Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Pentagram and Deep Purple are deeply ingrained in the music, SpellBook still pulls off a distinctive sound. This is a special album."
- Alternative Control
"The music on Magick & Mischief has a foot planted firmly in the early 1980s. The 2020 take on this style of metal cast refreshing glances toward unlikely corners of music and combines creative ideas that make this music genuinely new even as it creates pristine nostalgic flashes."
- Flying Fiddlesticks
"A stunning blend of 70’s hard rock, Sabbath’s influences, progressive vibes and classic metal. Brilliant album."
"An enjoyable listen filled with everything you could want from classic metal/rock and roll."
"A classic sound with elements of Purple and BOC but mainly it's the Brummie originators [Black Sabbath] of heavy metal that truly weave their magick over this record."
- Musipedia of Metal
"SpellBook marries Black Sabbath, Pentagram and progressive rock for seven songs of entrancing classic metal!"
- Blessed Altar Zine
During the writing process for what would eventually become Magick & Mischief , the members of York, Pennsylvania vintage proto-metal purveyors Witch Hazel realized there was no better time than the present to change their name. The idea had long rested on their mind, but the risks in changing a band’s name are numerous, if not painfully obvious. After all, since their 2007 formation, Witch Hazel independently released three studio albums, Forsaken Remedies (2012), Nocturnity (2015) and Otherwordly (2018), and had already generated buzz in the doom metal underground. But, with the confidence that the material they created for Magick & Mischief was the strongest of their career, Witch Hazel reached back into their past for the song “The Spellbook” from Forsaken Remedies and rebranded themselves SpellBook . Soon, a deal with Cruz Del Sur Music was signed, and the band started a new chapter that begins with the release of Magick & Mischief .
Recorded in May 2019 at Developing Nations with Kevin Bernsten, Magick & Mischief is the embodiment of a band going further than before, honing in on their obvious strengths as songwriters while exploring new territory in the sprawling classic metal and vintage heavy rock landscape. SpellBook , who feature vocalist Nate Tyson, drummer Nicholas Zinn, guitarist Andy Craven and bassist Seibert Lowe, followed a fairly simple approach when writing the album: There is no formula. There are no rules. Write what feels good. The best songs win. As a result, Magick & Mischief is a varied, adventurous body of work, reeling in Iron Maiden and proto-metal vibes on “Wands to the Sky” and “Ominous Skies,” an epic concept piece in the form of “Dead Detectives,” which appropriately recalls Alice Cooper at his theatrical peak, along with regular crowd-pleaser “Amulet,” which the band honed in the live arena before committing it to tape. Elsewhere, doom, acoustic guitars and sterling lead vocal work from Tyson are interwoven with ease, all the while staying true to SpellBook’s impeccable list of influences of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Blue Oyster Cult, Kiss and Pentagram.
The album artwork was created by Chad Keith, who dutifully melded each of Magick & Mischief ’'s songs in visual form to comprise the cover. It’s a fitting representation of an album that puts a fresh twist on a classic style.
Track Listing :
2. Black Shadow
3. Ominous Skies
7. Dead Detectives
2. Black Shadow
3. Ominous Skies
7. Dead Detectives
Nate Tyson - Vocals
Andy Craven - Guitar
Selbert Lowe Jr- Bass
Nicholas Zinn- Drums