CD review THE WIZAR’D ‘Subterranean Exile’

Cruz Del Sur usually has a good sense for well-crafted Epic Metal. The Wizar’d fits surely to the label portfolio but can’t entirely live up to other bands the label signed.

The Wizar’d hails from Australia and ‘Subterranean Exile’ is already their fourth album. It took seven long years to create the successor for ‘Ancient Tome of Arcane Knowledge’ and here it is, the new album.

A seven songs comprising tracklist features music that is rooted in Doom Metal. In general it’s not bad stuff that reaches us from Down Under. Slowly rolling riffs and a certain vintage vibe is part of the delivery, sometimes equipped with a bit of a psychedelic vibe.

Songs like ‘Master of the Night’ are well-rocking tunes but what’s missing is a real breakthrough track(s). It feels like the guys have the potential to create these songs if the handbrake would have been released.

Genre fans will like what they get offered with ‘Subterranean Exile’ but it feels like a few more spices could have lifted the album from solid to really good.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Subterranean Exile
  2. Wizard’s Revenge
  3. Master of the Night
  4. Ecstatic Visions Held Within the Monastic Tower
  5. Long Live the Dead
  6. Evil in My Heart
  7. Dark Forces

Label: Cruz Del Sur

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: April 24th, 2020

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