The Wizards are a five piece band from Spain whose sophomore release Full Moon in Scorpio is set to be released on Fighter Records. As you make your way through the eight tracks, it's pretty clear that '70s & '80s hard rock and heavy metal are a big influence on the band, as images of Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Pentagram, Blue Oyster Cult, Deep Purple, The Cult, and Danzig pop up all over the place. Kick off track "Avidya" contains some meaty riffs and a wealth of twin harmony guitar solos, and the classic style riffing continues on the upbeat rocker "Calliope (Cosmic Revelations)", vocalist Ian Mason also putting on a fine performance with his powerful pipes. It's vintage Danzig meets Thin Lizzy on the hard driving "Odinist", while the band goes for a crushing doom vibe on the lengthy "Stardust", the riffs menacing and the rhythms pounding. Scorching guitar solos courtesy of ex-Manowar legend Ross the Boss permeate the doom laden "Leaving the Past Behind", and crunchy "Halftones to Eternity" once again provide some satisfying riffing and plenty of headbanging moments. The early bluesy hard rock & doom of Black Sabbath and Pentagram rears its head for "Who Are You, Mr. Gurdjieff", and the lengthy closer "When We Were Gods" once again touches on the sort of gloomy, gothic doom metal and Danzig made famous in the late '80s/early '90s, the riffs enormous and the vocals soaring.
Overall Full Moon in Scorpio is a very strong and fun album of vintage styled sounds from a young band that show plenty of potential. If you love classic hard rock, metal, and doom riffs, The Wizards have just the album for you.
02 Calliope (Cosmic Revelations)
05 Leaving the Past Behind
06 Halftones to Eternity
07 Who Are You, Mr. Gurdjieff_
08 When We Were Gods