|Review: Wizzard - Devilmusick|
Label: SpineFarm Records
Year released: 1998
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 12, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Wizzard hail from Finland (not to be confused with the power metal band "Wizard" from Germany) and play an interesting mix of thrash with some heavy metal riffs thrown in for good form. The sound is overall pretty raw and is a bit similar to that of some black/thrash bands. The vocals remind me a bit of a mix of Venom and Tyrants of the Netherworld-era Desaster and are very fitting to the music. There are also some cleaner vocal passages on a couple of songs. It's interesting to note that while overall the lyrical content seems to be on the satanic side, there's a song in there named "Iron, Steel, Metal" that sounds more like a metal hymn, not as pompous as what you'd hear from bands such as Hammerfall but nonetheless with some lyrical ressemblance (needless to say, they sound nothing like Hammerfall...) I got the feeling that those guys have quite a sense of humour when I heard the song "Satan's Blues (in A-Minor)"... As the title implies, it has a bluesy feel to it and I couldn't help but smile the first time I heard it - talk about an unexpected sound. In fact, looking back, they strike me a bit as a "modern-day Venom" since the songs have the same tongue-in-cheek feeling that a lot of the Venom material has. Even the raw, straightforward playing reminds me of the metal veterans.
Heavy, fast music, razor-sharp riffs, no useless special effects, just raw power make this an album to headbang to almost from beginning to end. Great stuff.
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