Witchcraft (Pendulum song)

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Pendulum Witchcraft.jpg
Single by Pendulum
from the album Immersion
Released 18 July 2010 (digital)
19 July 2010 (CD)
15 November 2010 (vinyl)
Format CD, Digital Download, 12"
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Electronic rock, alternative metal, drum and bass
Length 30:51 (iTunes digital bundle)
27:59 (CD single)
10:40 (12" vinyl single)
Label Warner Music UK, Ear Storm, Breakbeat Kaos
Writer(s) Rob Swire
Producer(s) Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen
Pendulum singles chronology
"The Island"

"Witchcraft" is the second single from Australian drum and bass band Pendulum from their third studio album, Immersion. It was released as a digital single on iTunes on 18 July 2010, with the CD single being released the following day.[1] It debuted at number sixty-two on the UK Singles Chart following high amounts of downloads from the release of the album. The music video was shot on 2 June 2010 and finished on 25 June, as confirmed by Rob Swire's Twitter feed. The single includes a drumstep mix by Rob Swire, remixes by drum and bass DJs and producers John B and Netsky, and a remix by house DJ and producer Chuckie. An exclusive video of Witchcraft was placed on the Pendulum members section "The Other Side". The single artwork shares a similarity with the artwork for Pendulum's debut album, Hold Your Colour. The song is used in many sport montages one of which being the end of season review by the BBC for the 2010/11 Formula One season. An excerpt from the song was used in the video game WRC: FIA World Rally Championship.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the major formats and associated track listings of single releases of "Witchcraft", written and produced by Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen.

Chart performance[edit]

"Witchcraft" debuted on the UK Singles Chart on 30 May 2010 at number 62, following the release of the album, "Immersion", which also reached number-one that week. The single however, fell out of the Top 100 on its second week in the chart. On 11 July 2010, the single began to climb its way back up the UK Singles Chart reaching number 113. The single then climbed back into the Top 100 at number 67 on 18 July. Upon physical release, the single climbed 38 places to a current peak of number 29, marking the band's third most successful single alongside "Granite" and fifth Top 40 single in the UK.

Other media[edit]

To help promote the single, Pendulum created a "Witchcraft Experiment" Facebook application. When used, the viewer is taken into an impression of their profiles, with people on their friends list typing various lyrics out while the song played in the background.[2] Pendulum have also released an animated Witchcraft screensaver, along with an image to use on Facebook as well.[3] Bullet For My Valentine also played an acoustic version of this song on BBC radio.


There has been constant controversy over the meaning of lyrics, primarily due to Pendulum's cryptic style. However, this controversy has recently been put to rest as Rob Swire released the meaning of their songs in a music festival in Perth. He said that the song speaks out against violence towards women, and compares it to witchcraft, a "highly devastating act that people try to avoid, but it still occurs although we rarely see it".


"Witchcraft" is credited to:



  1. ^ 'Witchcraft' pre-order.pendulum.com (1 July 2010). Retrieved on 5 August 2010.
  2. ^ Pendulum - Witchcraft Experiment.facebook.com (12 July 2010). Retrieved on 20 August 2010.
  3. ^ Pendulum - NEWS - WITCHCRAFT PROFILE PICTURE & SCREENSAVER.pendulum.com (20 July 2010). Retrieved on 20 August 2010.

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