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Black Wizard 7″ Release

February 25, 2011 | by  |  Music

The Zoo Zhop – Friday February the 18th, 2011.

Some bands are only worth seeing under the right conditions: a quality sound system, good acoustics, an appreciative crowd. Then, there is punk, and bands that seem to thrive on less. Bands where less is actually more. Bands like Black Wizard.

From the scummiest of basement to the biggest of stadium, The Wiz can rock them all.

Photo Credit: Liam Hanham

Somewhere between the proto-grunge dirges of early Soundgarden and the spacey doom of Electric Wizard, we find Vancouver’s upcoming Black Wizard, a band equally in tune with the stylings of their forefathers and the ear-lust of a new generation of head-nodding metalheads.

On the eve of their new 7″ record release, the band played to a sweaty, half-cocked crowd in the cramped backroom of the Zoo Zhop off Main. “Shirts-off party!” declared lead singer Adam Grant. Most of the band followed suit, and to be fair, it was fucking hot as they plowed through new material and older hits like “Waves”, “Drugs”, and the crowd favourite, “Long Way Home”.

Standout tracks from the new vinyl “Mountain Bitch” and “Jesus”  - 6-minute epics – showcased Black Wizard doing what they do best: melting faces. Bong-rattling bass in a minor key trudges along in “Mountain Bitch” before the vocals kick in – a sound Geezer Butler would surely be proud of. Massive drum fills, twin guitarmonies and soaring distorted vocals breathe in and out of these heavy jams. While sound played back-up to energy at the Zoo Zhop, thumbs up to engineers Paul Boechler and Michael Kraushaar for the thick sound treatments on the new record – an incredible listen.

And with The Wiz’s oldest member a lean 23, here’s to hoping they spend the next 1,000 years crushing skulls from New Westminster to the furthest reaches of outer space.

For shows and tunes check http://www.myspace.com/blackwizardcom. If you want vinyl, send an email to black.wizard.band@gmail.com.

JP Doucet listens to lots of music, makes drone, and plays guitar for Red Cedar.

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