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Review: White Magician - Dealers of Divinity
White Magician
Dealers of Divinity

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2020
Duration: 49:44
Tracks: 7
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 9, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Dealers of Divinity

Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)

There is a growing movement of bands playing hard rock/heavy metal that is inspired by the "acid" and "occult" hard rock of the late '70s, one of the main influences on the NWOBHM, and other metal scenes of the early '80s. White Magician is a band out of Detroit that is at the forefront of this movement. Dealers of Divinity is their debut and on it the band fully embrace the '70s sounds including relatively undistorted guitars (compared with what was to come in the '80s), lots of echo and arcane, mystical lyrics. I hear similarities with one of the premier weird bands of that earlier time, Blue Oyster Cult. The melodies are easy on the ears, the vocals smooth and clear (if a bit thin and uncharismatic) and the lead work top notch. Why, they even put some cowbell front and center on the title track. The rest of the album is very much in the same vein, sort of twisting and turning through a haze of smoke and incense while flashing trippy images. Now, I grew up in the '70s and started my love of heavy music in that decade, but White Magician don't do it for me. The songwriting just isn't there. What I like sounds like other bands (even the cover is a take on B.O.C.'s Agents of Fortune album artwork) and the rest is unexciting and lacking in hooks. Dealers of Divinity is ok when it is on, but I can only vaguely remember it afterward. If you are really digging bands like Spell, Spellbook, etc., you'll probably get a lot more mileage out of White Magician than I did.

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