Stoner metal is a relatively young sub-genre of heavy metal, and yet it suffers from a musical blight of sound-alike bands. This produces a need for new bands that enter its ranks to employ more trailblazing songwriting, musicianship, and imagery to make it more diverse. Allow me to present to you, the reader, a band that is a stark reminder that one can always produce originality within a realm of “special snowflakes” and bands that are common-place in style: Black Wizard. It’s ironic that a band that shares a name identical to four other “Black Wizards,” of the world can churn out songs that will baffle those who listen to them, with a style that is one-of-a-kind. Their latest conjuring comes in the form of their new album, New Waste, a lengthy and unique collection of songs.
For a doom/stoner metal band, Black Wizard’s musical style in New Waste is fairly intense and driving in its melodies and riffs, unlike the usual neo-doom metal band that prefers to keep their songs below 110 bpm’s. This is okay for a few songs, but after one reaches minute ten of the fourteen minute, snail-packed funeral dirge, they start to become bored indeed. All of the songs on New Waste are pleasant to listen to because of their musical uniqueness. Those that are slow are jam paced with captivating vocals, riffs, and rhythms that show that the band is capable of all sorts of playing styles. The fast-paced burners like “Revival” are even more cool just because they are driving and mow down everything in their path. Adam Grant’s vocals are particularly versatile, and this adds an aspect of layers, that makes a potentially mono-tonal record full of life, vibrant qualities, and varied styles to keep the listener satisfied. He can shout, shriek, and wail. He does it all. If you’re in the business of entertaining people, then why bore them? Black Wizard certainly won’t do that.
Black wizard track listing
3.laughing and lost
9. final ripper