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Wizards of Kaos - "Wizards of Kaos" (CD)

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"Wizards of Kaos" track listing:

1. Zeros and Ones
2. Bombs and Gasoline
3. Coyote Eyes
4. Digging up Our Dead
5. Down from the skies
6. Ear Hole
7. New World Mistress
8. Pain & Misery
9. Running Red
10. Sixteen
11. The Great Shadow
12. The River
13. White Face

Reviewed by on June 21, 2012

"It's mostly a good blend that will have fans of the likes of Kyuss buzzing with joy."

Wizards of Kaos splits the difference between sludge and speed on the band's self-titled full-length debut, with a sound that blends Motorhead speed with stoner rock riffs and solos. It's mostly a good blend that will have fans of the likes of Kyuss buzzing with joy.

A lot of the credit for that has to go to the twin-ax attack of Dan Moore and Ritche Perez. Check out how the lead guitar line and Moore's vocals play off each other on tracks like "Running Red" and the opener, "Zeroes And Ones." The solo on "New World Mistress" is worth the price of admission, as is the one that closes "White Face."

Not that the riffs are given short shrift. "New World Mistress" offers a Sabbath-style death march a la "Children Of The Grave," while "Bombs And Gasoline" and "Coyote Eyes" and "Sixteen" both flirt with punk rock.

Moore's vocals aren't anything special, but he's proves adequate to the task at hand, with a particularly good performance on "New World Mistress."

There are a couple of filler tracks that could've been left off for a more cohesive, tighter experience. The instrumental "Ear Hole," in particular, feels extraneous, as does "Digging Up Our Dead."

Also, the production feels a little lightweight. The bass guitar is nearly nonexistent and Jim Barter's drums often lack heft.

Still, the riffs are solid and the solos are smokin' much of the time. That makes it much easier to recommend Wizards of Kaos to those looking for a sped-up stoner metal experience.

Highs: "Zeroes And Ones," "New World Mistress" and "Bombs And Gasoline."

Lows: A couple of filler tracks — especially the instrumental "Ear Hole."

Bottom line: A sped-up stoner metal album marred by slightly tinny production and a couple lesser tracks.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)