Comments the band, "We are super stoked and humbled that we got asked to do an arena tour with Volbeat and Killswitch Engage. We have never done anything this big can't wait to play these massive crowds every damn night! We have no idea what to expect but we're sounding tighter than ever right now so bring it on!"
BLACK WIZARD continues to tour in support of their New Waste full-length, released via Listenable Records this past February and currently streaming at THIS LOCATION. Boasting nine tracks of red-eyed, road-raging, retro-riff worship, the record continues to earn approval from media outlets globally. BeatRoute Magazine champions BLACK WIZARD for being, "the only band in town that will add inches to your dick." The Obelisk offers, "While basking in the hazy light of an increasingly prevalent (particularly in the Pacific Northwest) post-Red Fang neo-dude party vibe, the four-piece... also pay due homage to Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden's gallop and Judas Priest's fist-pump-ready groove. Their tones and upbeat style find breadth in the inclusion of organ on the slower 'Laughing And Lost' and the Spanish guitar ending of 'Vivian Girls,' the plus-sized riffing of 'Unnecessary Evil,' but they never go too far from that metallic underpinning, tying the album together as a unified whole even as individual songs stand out across its span." In a 4/5 review, Sputnik Music relays, "Whether or not they ever gain the attention they deserve, metalheads can at least rest assured that bands like BLACK WIZARD will always exist who understand what it's about, riffs and all." In a 4.5/5 score, New Noise Magazine concurs, "New Waste is the sound of a band just as comfortable as it is able, and it makes the record very successful as a result. BLACK WIZARD may be one of the best retro acts going, and the band are certainly more interested in having fun and doing what comes naturally than recycling old riffs. It doesn't hurt that you don't have to be stoned to enjoy it, too." Unholy Music lauds the band's, "slow, adventurous and twistedly dark psychedelic sound," while Hellbound.ca notes, "For a new label debut, Listenable couldn't have asked for a better album of catchy, crunchy and exciting songs." Elsewhere RVA Magazine gushes, "New Waste hits on a number of things I like to hear in metal: groovy bass, rocking licks and gloomy drums. You'll hear some epic harmonized sections in between screeching solos and that's all you can really hope for these days." Adds Heavy Blog Is Heavy in a 4/5 review, "From the very beginning, New Waste wraps you in a thick blanket of distorted grooviness, all galloping bass lines and guitar that seems to switch from shred to riff and back on the drop of hat, warm and fuzzy from the get-go and never quite letting up."
New Waste is out on Listenable Records. Secure your copy today at THIS LOCATION.
BLACK WIZARD w/ Volbeat, Killswitch Engage:
8/08/2016 Coney Island Amphitheater - Brooklyn, NY
8/11/2016 Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA
8/12/2016 Mason Temple Theater - Detroit, MI #
8/13/2016 Express Live - Columbus, OH
8/15/2016 Brady Theater - Tulsa, OK
8/16/2016 Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX
8/18/2016 Illinois State Fair - Springfield, IL
8/19/2016 Westfair Amphitheater - Omaha, NE
8/21/2016 Expo Hall - Madison, WI
8/23/2016 7 Flags Event Center - Des Moines, IA
8/24/2016 Swiftel Center - Brookings, SD
8/25/2016 Scheels Arena - Fargo, ND
8/27/2016 Rexall - Edmonton, AB
8/28/2016 Evraz Place - Regina, SK
8/30/2016 Grey Eagle Event Center - Calgary, AB
9/05/2016 WaMu Theater - Seattle, WA
9/06/2016 Star Theater at Spokane Arena - Spokane, WA
9/07/2016 Taco Bell Arena - Boise, ID
9/09/2016 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
# no Killswitch Engage
BLACK WIZARD was forged in 2009 by four high school friends. Founding members Adam Grant and Eugene Parkomenko were both working underwhelming construction jobs at the time, passing the days to the sounds of Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Witch, and Electric Wizard. Heavily motivated by the thick, weighty sounds of bands like Bison and 3 Inches Of Blood monopolizing the scene at the time, "The Wiz" was born. Having followed a true DIY aesthetic, the band has released two full length LPs along with a 7" single independently and sold over five thousand copies worldwide.