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Review: Wizards - The Black Knight
The Black Knight

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 46:50
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 14, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
The Black Knight

Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)

This is the sixth album from Brazilian's Wizards; I know nothing about them despite the fact that this is a veteran band. Other than their singer Christian Passos, I have no idea how they sound so this is my first crack at them. In essence, this contains the same Power Metal sound that the region is known for. The Black Knight has more in common with Angra than, say, Hibria although this band isn't nearly as flashy as those two. So if you are a fan of that style then you'll know what to expect here, songs with strong vocals and guitar playing highlighted by uplifting choruses.

The record starts out in typical and predictable fashion with one of the fastest cuts here in the opener "Shade of a Ghost". The song is actually one of the best here and is a very good preview to what the rest of the disc has to offer. But this isn't a speed fest by any means, yes it has fast moments but I've never felt the double bass abuse. Instead, every song here features a catchy chorus or vocal line that I couldn't get out of my head. That speaks volumes for their songwriting ability, the way you can hear an experienced band at work. Aside from the truly horrible ballads "Last, oh Night" and "P.S. I Miss You" this is a solid collection of tracks.

The musical level of Wizards is good enough; from he melodic guitar to the tight drumming but their singer is the best performer here as he can reach some really high notes. Another thing that I like about them are the production values, for a band that releases its music independently the sound is crisp and clean, many bands should take note on how it is done. There are many aspects that fans will like but the constant here is that it will appeal solely to Power Metal Fans. That is what I perceived to be the only real negative about The Black Knight, if you aren't a Power Metal fan then run away from this as fast as possible. For the rest of you then give this album a chance, you might be surprised.

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