Give your soul to the Blues with this brilliant soulful work provided by The Black Wizards!
Even being some kind of “common sense”, let’s say this way, the union of Blues Rock and Psychedelic Rock elements follows effusive and delivers effervescent and captivating sounds. It is quite true that we have a ton of bands presenting this junction nowadays, often without charm, passion and a bit of feeling. On the contrary, the Portuguese band The Black Wizards offers an interesting approach to this mix with their work. So be ready for “What The Fuzz”, their great new album released during those first days of September.
How is the sound ?
After the little intro “Side By Side” we have the first complete track, “Freaks and Geeks”. God damn, how hot and magical this track sounds! Joana Brito is extremely able to deliver a hypnotic performance with her delightful and mesmerizing voice, and with her swirling and flaming guitar attack. We have here an awesome midtempo Blues with trippy touches and vibrating running of the drums. The smoke fills the atmosphere while you’re listening to this stunning piece. The smoke fills your brain too, by the way.
“The Story of a Hopeless Dreamer” is where the matcher scratch the fuel and we have a big fire running free completely wild. The guitar scream so loud that it can wake Cthulhu from their endless rest in the deep of the seas. Maybe this song would make Cthulhu himself want to learn to play guitar and start a band playing an incendiary Blues Rock inspired by The Black WIzards. The matter is: we have an undeniable case of unstoppable freaky Blues emerging from the deep and covering the city in flames, damnation, and passion. The Jam-style rules the track step by step and gives us a shock in the brain while the city is burning. The song is not exactly linear, walking through a variation of tempos and styles. Bored? Not with this track!
“Floating Blues” crawls in a more intimist and sad style of blues, crying about lost loves and broken hearts. Even in this way, the band works very well, even if you may agree with me that the 3-minutes explosive tracks are The Black Wizards real business. But the piece is still an interesting movement, no regrets.
“Just Not Today” is a short track connecting “Floating Blues” and “Build Your Home”, a fast piece in a funny Country/Blues style that pleased me. But I think what they could do with 2 or 3 minutes more, exploring this unusual vibe. I guess they could be very successful too, they definitely have the mojo.
“Build Your Home” make the return to the faster step of their work. Not like a rocket at all but flying under the radar with a heavy and captivating groove ready to make some noise. Excellent guitar work plenty of feeling and soul. And of course with powerful vocals as always, don’t forget this.
“Fire” begins the last couple of moments of “What The Fuzz” with groove, swing and soul. This is a real dancing track dressed to kill and set the fire around the place with a flaming groove in the essence. Not so fast, not so dragged, but really killer and catchy and with a stunning end. And the final track “Everything is Good Until Trouble Comes” close the work with high quality and finesse containing an accurate mix between slow steps, fuzzy psychedelia and a high dose of emotional vibe. Joana Brito grab us by the heart with her amazing performance across the whole album and this track keep this happening without lack of skill. The track is an amazing synthesis of all this Psych/Blues mix that The Black Wizards play. Blazing, stunning and outstanding ending with a soulful 16-minutes track.
Everything is really fine in “What The Fuzz”: the mix, the fluence, the harmonies. The Black Wizards delivered us their great masterpiece until this moment. If you really like the Blues and Psychedelic Rock you could find a powerful and solid golden nugget with “What The Fuzz” and all the sweet, sexy and chilling vibration the Portuguese band emanates. “What the Fuzz” : sweat, blood, passion, groove and life. Do you like all this stuff? Go ahead and play “What the Fuzz”!
Why is this album worth listening ?
- It’s a brilliant and fresh blend of Psychedelic and Blues Rock with an interesting variations of tempos
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
- If you are looking for a sonority that blends with accuracy Blues Rock and Psychedelic Rock.
- If you are really interested in listening an amazing voice.
Something particular to note ?
Joana Brito is a real badass lady both in guitar and vocal!
The Story of a Hopeless Dreamer
For Fans Of
Canaan, Blues Pills, Mountain Dust, Maidavale, Pristine
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