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Wizard
Of Wairwulfs And Bluotvarwes

Company: Massacre
Release: 2011
Genre: Power
Reviewer: EC

  • One mean collection of polished Teutonic tunes



  • Germany's Wizard have risen through the ranks to a sold mid-card stance. This is the ninth record in a fifteen year career and it pushes the group to the height of epic power metal. Bands like Wizard, Rebellion and Paragon have become seasoned vets of this tried and true sound and are recognized as the proverbial torch bearer. Nevertheless, I still don't know what a bluotvarwe is.

    This is one mean collection of polished Teutonic tunes further enhanced by famed Achim Kohler (Sinner, Primal Fear). He mixes and masters the band's very own production at Magic Hall. The sound is magnificent with tons of up front double bass and rich harmony that isn't in the mud. Think of Manowar's "Louder Than Hell" made by a bunch of power-mad Germans.

    Wizard shake brains in heads on eleven, blazing rivets of steel. "Undead Reality" exemplifies the German mindset of power through thrash with the mandatory "Restless And Wild" brute force (see also "Taste Of Fear"). "Messenger Of Death" is the winning number with its "Lock Up The Wolves" bass beats to the melo-drama donned up classic and vintage.

    Maybe this isn't sheer fire innovation like old Blind Guardian but it isn't completely brain dead either (they aren't the mad butcher). This is a quality effort that shows in skill and comparison. Perhaps Wizard are the grandsons of the pioneers and staking their claim as metal's forged fire (or some other corny heavy metal slogan). We need more middle aged metal these days as our icons slowly fade away.


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    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    Eric Compton7/14/2011


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