Wizzerd
Wizzerd
(2019)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre:
Stoner Doom
Sounds Like:
Carnaval, Gas Giant, Monster Magnet
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
On our first rotation of Wizzerd we assumed they were from Argentina or South America, these guys have a raw homegrown stoner quality that seems to stem from this region. To our surprise, Wizzerd hail from the great state of Montana, home to the great craft brewery Bozeman Brewing. There is something special to that independent stoner sound that brings us back to the mid-nineties. The vocals of singer/guitarist who goes by Dragon has a Dave Wyndorf tone which pairs perfectly with the band.

Upon first listen the opening track “Great Mother Gaia” kicks things off on a high note with an energetic stoned rhythm which you know right way will sound great for your next road trip. The album keeps on this path of heavy riffage this time with a more bluesy “King of Esbat”. We absolutely love the acoustic breakdown at the 2:15 mark on this song, it conjures up imagery of cheerful medieval festival gatherings. The album continues to impress with tons of smoke filled jamming and trippy vocals throughout. We urge fans of the heavy to dive into this one, it’s impossible not to get  sucked you into their musical wizzardry.

Tracklist:
1.Great Mother Gaia 05:59 
2.King of Esbat 06:02 
3.The Doomed 04:51
4.Dragon 08:21
5.Warrior 05:10
6.Wizard 04:51
7. Phoenix 03:50
8.Wraith 06:34
9.Wizzerd 05:44

Standout Track(s)
The second track ”King of Esbat” shows some exploratory which helps mix things up. “The Doomed” churns along at a moderate doomy pace until the last minute where the pace picks up into an awesome bouncing stoner vibe. The track “Dragon” slays with its classic galloping metal injected into the stoned jamming, great change of pace and a nice homage to classic metal. And the the track “Wizard” has an infectious bluesy aura with tremendous bass.

Adult Beverage Pairing
Grab something local to Wizzerd and go with Taurus Imperial Stout by Montana’s Bozeman Brewing! This 9.5% ABV stout is a bit on the strong side, but is smooth and pairs well the Wizzerd.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
8.6 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
8.9 of 11

Captivation and Variety
8.6 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.7 of 11

Originality
8.3 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
8.7 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.6 of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.7 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.6 of 11

Production Value
8.4 of 11

Final Thoughts
Wizzerd have released a damn impressive debut album which takes us back to the glory days of stoner rock when  Meteorciry and Gemm where the main outlets for this style of music. Get the vinyl through Cursed Tounge Records, it will be a great addition to your heavy collection. 

Wizzerd is:
Dragon - Acoustic and Electric Guitars/Vocals/Violin 
Warrior - Bass Guitar/Cello/Vocals 
Wizard - Acoustic and Electric Guitars/Mandolin/Vocals 
Phoenix - Drumset/Percussion/Vocals 
Wraith - Synthesizer/Organ/Audiomancy/Vocals 

Guests: 
Colton Christensen - Vocals on Dragon 
Heathen - Vocals on Dragon 
David Graham - Vocals on Warrior 
Doug, Grob, Riley, Rachel, Kaitlynn - Army of the Doomed

Follow Wizzerd: Bandcamp / Facebook
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