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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 3/5 (60%) (9 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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