Thursday, 22 March 2012

WIZARD'S BEARD - ALBUM REVIEW

 

Wizard’s Beard is a Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal from Leeds, UK

The members are:

Chris Hardy - Vocals
Craig Jackson - Guitar
Neil Travers - Bass & Backing Vocals
Dan Clarke - Drums 

Wizard’s Beard play a brutal blend of Sludge mixed in with elements of Doom and Stoner Metal. They released their superb debut release in 2011 "Pure Filth" which received a lot of acclaim from the underground press and fans alike. It even made me a fan of their work.

Well the guys are back with their amazing new album “Four Tired Undertakers”. A 6 song epic that runs for an earth shattering 53 mins or so. Nothing will prepare you for this album. It’s the heaviest Sludge/Stoner Metal I have heard of 2012.

Wizard’s Beard have raised the bar of Sludge/Stoner Metal that will be very hard to beat. I thought Conan’s latest masterpiece “Monnos” was heavy but nothing will prepare you for this.

The guys have turned their amps upto maximum level. The riffs are heavy with a capital H. Plus the vocals are the harshest I have heard this year. These guys are the natural successors to legendary UK Sludge Metallers – Iron Monkey. High Praise I know but its rightly justified.

The brilliant first epic track “Subrise El Meurto” is a low-tuned down-tempo Sludge/Stoner masterpiece which sets the scene for this amazing album that will leave you breathless at times.

All of the tracks on this album are brilliant. All I can say. There is not one bad song at all. If you’re into WeedEater, EHG, Iron Monkey and Sleep then you’re going to have a new favourite band. As Wizard’s Beard harness the vision and energy of those great bands but do it in their own hard-hitting style.

Some people might complain it’s a case of seen it and done it all before. But believe me when you hear this album for the first time your mind is blown wide open. Wizard’s Beard are the real deal. A band that can deliver on all levels.

Check out tracks like “Abandon The Wolf”, “Seeth Inside” and the 11:20 minute epic “Harbinger” which is probably the bands best song to date.

“Harbinger” is a true force of nature which combines heavy-pounding Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs with amazing hardcore based Sludge/Doom old-school vocals.

This is a band that takes it time in delivering their own brand of Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs. Every note is played to brutal perfection that will have you begging for more. So if your into epic sprawling Sludge/Stoner Metal that the old masters used to play well get checking these guys now. As this album has some of the finest and heaviest riffs you will hear all year.

The album is superbly produced and performed by all involved. Wizard’s Beard deserve credit for releasing an album of pure primal rock fury that will be very hard to beat this year.

This is a brilliant album that can rightly be called like CONAN’s – MONNOS – as a masterpiece of Sludge/Stoner Metal. I can’t rate this album highly enough. I recommend you all get this album now. You wont regret it. Buy it here.

2012 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for amazing Sludge/Stoner Metal releases from bands such as CONAN, PELICAN, TORCHE, BEHOLD THE MONOLITH, and CROWN amongst others. Now we can add Wizard’s Beard to this list.

The UK Sludge/Stoner Metal scene can hold its head high thanks to bands like CARETAKER, Undersmile, CONAN and Wizard’s Beard. But it’s the last two bands that I rate as the best Sludge/Stoner Metal bands the UK has to offer and the most heaviest as well.

This will definitely be in my best of 2012 list. Awesome work guys. Enough Said.

Check this great band below:

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