If you can manage to peer over the monumental summit of The Alchemist, and overlook Legend’s modern approach and occasional missteps, Witchcraft’s assured song-writing will eventually win you over. This is a record worth spending time with.
2007 was one of the best years for metal in the 2010s. Like other watershed years -- 1983, 1984, and 1991-- it's partially a case of artists peaking at the same time. The year unleashed a wave of superb releases from January straight through November.