This Australian techno-rock outfit claim to have chosen their name simply by throwing a pile of CDs into the air and examining the resultant mess. When a Def Jam Records recording was spied on top of a sound-effects compilation, Def FX were born. The group, the first signing to MCA Records Australia after releasing an independent debut set, offer a techno/metal fusion, which is the result of the group’s equal interest in the studio and the live arenas. Witchcraft, their MCA debut released in June 1995, was titled after singer Fiona Horne’s abiding interest in that phenomenon. She was reportedly in the middle of writing a book on the subject, but Def FX were criticised by church bodies for what some saw as their propagation of the black arts. In truth, Horne was more committed to the holistic medicine aspect of witchcraft - she had already completed a degree in nutrition and remedial massage. The album, which was co-produced by Robert Taylor, was recorded in his 48 Volt studios next to the Pacific Ocean.
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