Today we have Obtained Enslavement’s 1997 release Witchcraft, which has long been one of my favorite black metal albums and one of a handful burned CDs that got me into the genre years ago. Symphonic Black Metal at it greatest, this is the classic example with a subtle greatness to it, as if it caught the energy of the scene at that moment.
The use of synthesizers in black metal was once a hotly debated point, the argument being made that they’re not really instruments, etc. The weight of the argument was against the cheesy use of synthesizers, however, this album is the antithesis of that angle. Screached vocals, blast beats, tremolo guitars, and yes, synthesizers. Everything about this album screams classic with exceptional production and musicianship, 98%.