Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Wizzerd - S/T

Wizzerd have been on my radar as a band on the rise for a few years now. They are a very young doom band who have already put in countless miles on the road. It does my wearied heart good to see bands at their age pushing like this. It reminds me that this whole thing isn't pointless. Now digging into their second full length, Wizzerd it's clear the band have reached bold new heights and are finally starting to achieve their promise and hint at great new sonic pastures to come. It's a thrilling time to hop on the bandwagon.

What's interesting here is that the band has a lot of raw talent, but not all of it is fully exploited. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the band sitll hasn't quite found their voice. While there are diverse leements here being brought together nicely, some elements could be tightened down. While there are touches on tropes I'm not super fond of, at others they stray a bit too far from the path. Weighing in at 52 minutes (And over an hour if you include the vinyl only track) it certainly feels like Wizzerd could trim the album down. That being said - this is still a very interesting listen that makes a concerted effort to go above and beyond many of their peers in the scene.

Narrating larger than life stories and reflecting on each band members persona, it's a lot of fun to navigate what they have created here. Touches of Dungeons and Dragons inspired fantasy run up against elements of rock and roll grit. It makes for a deep and juicy listen which rewards the devout listener. Yes, Wizzerd haven't fully come to terms with their own raw skill yet, but they have put together a veritable monster of an album. Watching them trim down and tighten up is going to be exciting, they have the world at their feet.

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