Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Old Man Wizard - Blame It All On Sorcery

I've been following Old Man Wizard for years now and they have rapidly made a name for themselves as one of the most exciting and potent bands on the West Coast. Their unique brand of psych rock has grown in leaps and bounds though with this upcoming release owing much more to Ghost than to Kyuss. There has been a fascinating development in what Old Man Wizard has been doing, and though it's been five years in between full lengths - I gotta say, it was well worth the wait for this fascinating offering.

This is a record that is epic and knows it. They play the long game throughout Blame It All On Sorcery with distinct musical twists and turns allowing Old Man Wizard to explore a variety of exciting flavors. As much as they might revel in the psychedelic and classic rock sounds that define this record though, they aren't afraid to go back to their roots and embrace moments of pure doom or black metal. Sure there aren't growls or anything too extreme, but the intro of Innocent Hands definitely caught me off guard. My only real complaint about this album is that it's maybe too ambitious and at times the execution is a little bit off.

Make no mistake, Blame It All On Sorcery is an exciting journey and one that I'm stoked to take time and time again. The fusion of ideas and genres here is stunning and overall very well done. I'm extremely curious to see how these guys keep developing because they have one of the clearest visions and potent sounds in the scene right now. There are a lot of truly thrilling moments giving Old Man Wizard a unique level of dynamism that you don't normally see from bands on their level. If they can conjure up something like this, who knows what the future may hold?

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