Time for another entry in my series of columns about bands that seem to either vanish off the face of the earth or that we haven’t heard from in a long time. Today I’ll be discussing a psychedelic/occult rock quartet that I love which hails from Italy: Psychedelic Witchcraft. Formed in 2015 and fronted by the lovely and charismatic Virginia Monti, Psychedelic Witchcraft first came to my attention in 2018 via their first LP released in 2016, The Vision, on the Soulseller Records label. I instantly gravitated towards their retro, occult rock blend of music and got their two first EPs repurposed into the 2017 compilation Magick Rites and Spells, also from Soulseller Records. They put out another album that year, Sound of The Wind, through French label Listenable Records. That record had the band playing an edgier, more modern sound while wearing their old school roots on their sleeves. And that was the last album we got from Psychedelic Witchcraft.
They disbanded in 2018, but in the meantime, Virginia went on to front another heavy psych/occult band by the name of Dead Witches and sang on their first album, Ouija, in 2017 before exiting the band before the release of their second album in 2019. She also released a solo 3-song EP in November 2018 titled Neyah, but as far as Psychedelic Witchcraft goes, they were scheduled to get back together in 2020 for a Metal/Stoner/Doom music festival when the pandemic hit but nothing came to fruition. The last post the band has on its Facebook page dates back to October 2020, so it would appear that they’ve disbanded once again. Hopefully we’ll hear from Virginia Monti or the band as a whole sometime in 2023. They were only active for a brief period of time but, man, did they ever shine! In the meantime, if you’ve never heard of Psychedelic Witchcraft and are curious, you can sample their music at the links below and check out this cool video for their song “Rising on the Edge” on YouTube.
Psychedelic Witchcraft on Bandcamp: https://psychedelicwitchcraft.bandcamp.com/music
SoulSeller Records’ Psychedelic Witchcraft BC Page: https://soulsellerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-vision-2
Listenable Records’ Psychedelic Witchcraft BC Page: https://listenable-records.bandcamp.com/album/sound-of-the-wind
Psychedelic Witchcraft on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PsychedelicWitchcraft
Psychedelic Witchcraft on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psychedelicwitchcraft/