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Valtozash
(Wizard-Bird)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 7.9 of 11
Genre:
Jazz metal
Sounds Like:
Glueleg, Trioscapes, Combat Astronomy
Call it horny metal or brutal jazz, Australia’s Valtozash puts together an entertaining 52 minutes of brass onslaught with their second release entitled Wizard-Bird. The eight tracks are richly textured with a fair amount of contrast and chaos. The album maintains a steady flow of jazz as McIntyre, Sacrewski and Shannon provide the staple metal accoutrements.

Track Listing:
1. Humans are so Depressingly Stupid (6:33)
2. The Lick of Destiny (8:32)
3. Methylated Demons (4:47)
4. Dancing with Ravenous Dogs (8:40)
5. Mal D’Ous (5:44)
6. Diarrheatonic (5:41)
7. You’re Detestable (7:55)
8. Fighting the Wizard-bird (6:20)

What is the standout track on Wizard-Bird?
Our favorite track is "Diarrheatonic" for its dark melodies and tight start-stop build-up. We hear hints of one of our favorite heavy horn bands Glueleg on this one. The track wraps up in an apocalyptic staccato manner. Perhaps one of the most unique against the grain instrumental tracks to come along this year. "You’re Detestable" is almost on par with its impeccable sax and xylophone work.

How is the production?
Above average production would make this a good one to own on vinyl. Brass always sounds great on a turntable. Track 8 features the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, orchestrated and conducted by Andre Bonetti. The overall production is warm with enough clarity to accentuate the heavy.

What adult beverage should accompany this Wizard-Bird?
We would recommend a classic gin cocktail entitled ‘Strike Up The Band’
1 large strawberry 1/4 oz. simple syrup
1.5 oz. Dry Gin
3/4 oz. Elderflower liquor
3/4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 oz. fresh lime juice Sparkling Water Grapefruit twist, for garnish In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 large strawberry in simple syrup. Add in gin, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice and lime juice. Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Final Thoughts for Wizard-Bird.
We appreciate the inventive journey that is Valtozash and it has opened us up to tolerating meandering jazz melodies. Various moments throughout the album unfortunately put us in the mode of Macy’s dressing room or at other times marching band influences. Overall this one will certainly add some diversity to your collection and we recommend you throw it in rotation. - 10/5/2017

Band Members:

Saxes:
John Stefulj,
Julian Palma,
Andrew Ball,
Adam Connelly,
David Cox

Trumpets:
Jacob Hills,
Simon Ward,
John Grainger

Trombones:
Paul Black,
Rohan Osborne,
Moniqua Lowth,
Seans Mackenzie

Guitar: James McIntyre
Bass: Zac Sakrewski
Drums: Ben Shannon
Vibraphone: Andre Bonetti

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