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Psychedelic Witchcraft
Psychedelic Witchcraft
Background information
Origin Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Genres Occult Rock, Doom Rock, Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Years active 2015 - present
Labels Taxi Driver, Twin Earth, Soulseller, Listenable
Associated acts Dead Witches, Le Porte Non Aperte, Magnet, Neyah
Website Psychedelic Witchcraft on Facebook

Psychedelic Witchcraft are an occult rock band based out of Florence, Italy. Forming in 2015 initially as a solo project of one Virginia Monti, Psychedelic Witchcraft would form as a full band by the end of that year, releasing two studio albums that attained international buzz among the stoner and doom scene.

The band's inspirations draw heavily from 70s music, film and the occult. Their biggest inspirations for what concern the imaginary are the Hammer Horror Movies from the ’70s by directors like Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento while in terms of music would draw inspiration from Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Faces, Howlin’ Wolf, Donny Hathaway, Dina Washington, Muddy Waters as well as modern acts like The Black Keys, Blues Pills, Humulus and Sonic Wolves.

History

Psychedelic Witchcraft formed in early 2015 initially as a solo guitar project of one Virginia Monti, recording and performing on the band's debut EP with a friend Lorenzo Bianchi who did not contribute to the band after that project. Shortly afterwards, a chance meeting between Monti and future member Riccardo Giuffrè would take place in a forest north of Milan and would help solidify the band and a long term friendship between the two as they joked how they had gone to several of the same shows but had no clue the other was in attendance. Soon a backing band formed in Giuffrè, guitarist Jacopo Fallai and drummer Daniele Parrella (who would part with the band after recording his drum parts leaving him to be replaced by Mirko Buia) with the band's debut Black Magic Man seeing release on 4 July 2015 via Taxi Driver Records.[1] Preceding this would be the band's earliest live performance on 5 June 2015 supporting Stoner Kebab.[2] With Black Magic Man then circulating among a culminating fanbase, the subsequent Set Me Free EP was released on Twin Earth Records on 2 October 2015, and by then the new band was already in early stages of working on an LP and would open the second edition of Heavy Psych Sounds Fest.[3]

The band would unveil artwork for their first album in October 2015 as work progressed on this first LP with a large amount of the demos being composed by Monti on an acoustic guitar.[4] The Vision, saw a release on 29 April 2016 via Soulseller Records following up their early work with a recognizable style fusing elements of classic rock and blues as well as modern doom and sludge, [5] gaining buzz from doom fans and the likes of Vice[6] and Terrorizer among others.[7]

Not resting on the laurels of their first LP, Psychedelic Witchcraft would immediately begin on a new release for Soulseller Records entitled Magick Rites And Spells featuring re-released songs from the band's earlier EPs and newly recorded ones from 2016-2017 with the band returning to the live stage on 29 April 2017 at Hariel Fest.[8] Monti would additionally relocate to England for a spell and be briefly involved with the English occult doom band Dead Witches. She contributed vocals to the band working alongside ex-drummer of Electric Wizard, Mark Greening. She also performed three well recieved shows with the band and appeared on the Dead Witches eponymous debut. Psychedelic Witchcraft recorded their second LP at Elfo Studio, Piacenza for a new record deal with Listenable Records. Sound of The Wind saw release on 3 November 2017 being produced by Monti with mixing and mastering done by Magic Garden.[9] The positive reception of the album garnered the band further buzz and praise from the likes of Ear Split Compound[10] and Hard Rock Hell and Psychedelic Witchcraft would tour Spain and play Damnation Festival at the University of Leeds in support of their 2017 releases.[11]

In 2018 Psychedelic Witchcraft's amount of touring would become far more limited with the last known shows by the group taking place on 22 September at Stoner Doom Vol. 7 in Poland and 30 September 2018 at HRH Doom Vs. Stoner at O2 Academy Brixton.[12] Monti would remain active with another project in Neyah. Psychedelic Witchcraft were intended to reform in 2020 as part of Muskelrock Festival but due to The CO-VID19 Pandemic the festival would cancel.[13]

Discography

  • Black Magic Man (EP) (2015, Taxi Driver)
  • Set Me Free (EP) (2015, Twin Earth)
  • The Vision (Studio Album) (2016, Soulseller)
  • Magick Rites And Spells (2017, Soulseller)
  • Sound of The Wind (2017, Listenable)

Members

  • Virginia Monti – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar (2015 - present)
  • Jacopo Fallai – Guitars (2015 - present)
  • Riccardo Giuffrè – Guitars, Bass Guitar, Piano, Rhodes Keyboard, Synthesizers (2015 - present)
  • Mirko Buia – Drums (2015 - present)
  • Daniele Parrella – Drums (2015)
  • Lorenzo Bianchi – Guitars (2015)

Tours

  • Sound of The Wind Spanish Tour (2017)[14]

External Links

References

  1. Terrorizer
  2. Psychedelic Witchcraft Facebook
  3. Psychedelic Witchcraft Facebook
  4. Psychedelic Witchcraft Facebook
  5. Psychedelic Witchcraft Facebook
  6. Vice
  7. Terrorizer
  8. Psychedelic Witchcraft Facebook
  9. Psychedelic Witchcraft Facebook
  10. Ear Split Compound
  11. Hard Rock Hell
  12. Psychedelic Witchcraft Facebook
  13. Psychedelic Witchcraft Facebook
  14. Psychedelic Witchcraft Facebook
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