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Review: Wizzard - Black Heavy Metal
Black Heavy Metal

Label: Gutter Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 46:19
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 14, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Black Heavy Metal

Rated 4.23/5 (84.62%) (13 Votes)

Another Thrash attack by those Finnish metallers. This album is a bit more "refined" than their earlier releases but still follows their proven formula of mixing Thrash with "traditional" metal with a little black aura as seasonning. The vocals are pretty raw but usually clear enough to be understandable, not much change here compared to their other albums. I think I can hear a very little hint of a Swedish melodic death influence in a song or two, something that really surprised me and not in a really good way (there are enough bands using that sound already), but thankfully it's very discreet and may just be a coincidence - I don't think Wizzard are headed that way. Why would they need to when their usual style is killer and not being played by every damn band out there (yet...) Once again they deliver catchy and aggressive material that you can play over and over without getting tired of it. A good mix of 80's metal with some 90's influences, this stuff can appeal to a pretty large audience of metal fans assuming they can stomach the raw vocals. A damn fine release by a band which I hope will keep on delivering the goods and staying away from the trends. Highly recommended.

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