If you're new to a band but want to know a little more about them, then you do the research and maybe see what the critics say. At least this is what I did before actually hearing 'Black Magic'. I'll give you a brief history lesson before I continue. This four piece hailing from Wheeling in Virginia US were formed back in 2012. Yes, only 4 short years ago. Coming from a mountain state steeped in folklore, they turned their attentions to writing material that dealt with similar subjects. I won't procrastinate by relating everything I've learned, so on to the crux of why you are actually here reading this - Is it good or not?
I was immediately struck by the original and honest sound that these guys have. I was expecting something raw and unpolished, as is the stigma that many new bands have. Raw it is, but unpolished could not be further from the truth. The old 60s/70s sound is totally intentional....and it REALLY works. I am taken back to my early days of discovering rock and metal with bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple then shot across decades to remember my first Danzig experience. Glaringly different here though is the three part vocal harmonies that lovingly grace the material and add that extra depth to something already deep and atmospherically brooding. I'm taken to places only seen in Lovecraft novels, and black masses abound.
No matter your taste in this genre, 'Black Magic' has an undeniable dark and eerie charm that draws you in. With tracks like 'Beyond The Astral', 'Upon The Mountain', 'The Plague', and 'The Eldest Tree' I predict that Brimstone Coven will come to dominate the scene in good time.
A very eye opening and evilly addictive experience.
Words by Paul Clarke.