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Review: Wizard - Goochan

Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2007
Duration: 54:25
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 5, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 2.8/5 (56%) (10 Votes)

Fear not, this is much better than Wizard's last disc Magic Circle Jerk (sorry, I couldn't resist that). I don't know what "Goochan" means, but I suppose it could be something like "We got a real producer this time". I sense some kind of concept at work here in the lyrics, but who cares? This is Wizard, and all I wanted to know is: is it as cool as Odin? Well, no, but it's not bad.

Goochan is extremely uneven. You get really good, heads-down crunchers like the excellent "Pale Rider", "Children Of the Night", "Sword Of Vengeance", and "Lonely In Desertland", not-so-good songs like "Witch Of The Enchanted Forest" and "Return Of The Thunderwarriors", and some real suckjobs like both songs with 'dragon' in the title. The production is solid, with a killer guitar sound and a real mix, rather than the abortion that was Magic Circle. Sven sounds about the same as always, and I suppose that's true of the whole band – they sound like they always have. That said, this is one of Wizard's better outings, and fans will like it. Wizard may never produce a real classic, but at least here they prove they can bounce back from a bad album.

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