Wim R. : With ‘II : Sojourn’ English band Wytch Hazel have released their second album. Main man of the band is singer, songwriter and guitarist Colin Hendra. His inspiration comes from traditional bands like Thin Lizzy and Wishbone Ash. It is sometimes surprising that bands that are cited as influences by a band cannot be heard back in their actual songs. With Wytch Hazel however this is not the case: the aforementioned influences just oozes from their material . Everything refers to the good old days of rock. The band has adapted a medieval image and as a consequence wear matching clothing clothing, the promotional pictures make that quite clear. The band even releases their albums on vinyl in different variations. And in the biography the band even talks about a side A (‘The Plight’) and a side B (‘The Victory’).
Double guitar passages can be heard on almost all the songs. And if there are keys used, than those are coming from a Hammond organ (for example in the pretty ballad ‘Barrow Hill’). The production job on this album is transparent and gives all the instruments more than enough space to shine. ‘Still We Fight’ is a nice and up tempo song with nice double guitar work and strong soloing. ‘Wait On The Wind’ has a very nice build up, starting modest, but ending adventurous and big. Hendra states this album took him a lot of time to get the right flow. Well, his time was well invested as ‘II: Sojourn’ is a well balanced album. Quite impressive that a bunch of young musicians are able to release such an authentic and honest album from a time period that they were not even born themselves. If you like traditional rock with a slight medieval twist, ‘II: Sojourn’ is a welcome addition to your collection.