WIZARD

Power Metal • Germany
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Wizard is a synonym for "German Heavy Metal". In 2009 the band celebrates their 20th anniversary – 20 years of metal, shows and a whole lot of fun. Band was formed by four friends: Michael Maaß (guitar), Sören Van Heek (drums), V.Leson (bass) and Sven D’Anna (vocals) - this line up lasts until today! A true ring of musicians and much more important, friends.

In 1991 the legendary "Legion Of Doom" demo was done, followed by the self financed "Son of Darkness" (1995) and "Battle Of Metal" (1997). A big underground buzz was created and band got a lot of reviews, shows and fanmail. The work paid off when B.O. Records signed the band, and released their first official album "Bound By Metal". Tracks like "Hammer, Bow, Axe And Sword" or the title track "Bound By Metal" lead the band to an impressive start. After having troubles with B.O.Records, Wizard signed
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WIZARD Son Of Darkness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Son Of Darkness
Power Metal 1995
WIZARD Battle Of Metal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Battle Of Metal
Power Metal 1997
WIZARD Bound By Metal album cover 3.09 | 2 ratings
Bound By Metal
Power Metal 1999
WIZARD Head Of The Deceiver album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Head Of The Deceiver
Power Metal 2001
WIZARD Odin album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Odin
Power Metal 2003
WIZARD Magic Circle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magic Circle
Power Metal 2005
WIZARD Goochan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Goochan
Power Metal 2007
WIZARD Thor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thor
Power Metal 2009
WIZARD ...Of Wariwulfs and Bluotvarwes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
...Of Wariwulfs and Bluotvarwes
Power Metal 2011
WIZARD Trail Of Death album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Trail Of Death
Power Metal 2013
WIZARD Fallen Kings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fallen Kings
Power Metal 2017

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WIZARD Bound By Metal

Album · 1999 · Power Metal
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Brave warriors...

Genre: power metal

I like this album. Not because it's brilliant, original, groundbreaking, artistic, thought provoking, deep or anything like that. It's simply just good fun.

We are dealing with a sort of old-fashioned power metal from mythical times when musclebound metal warriors marched into battle, armed only with guitars, bass and drums (an no keyboards! [well, not a lot of keyboards]) and covered in oil, to defeat the hordes of the Dark Lady-Lord of the Poseurs.

Yes, you know what I'm getting at, right? Manowar! Even though Wizard are a German band, their style, on this album at least, has more in common with Manowar's more straightforward and no-nonsense approach to heavy metal than with the epic type of power metal that a lot of European bands play. Even the production, down to the distortion of the guitars, sounds like Manowar. There are elements from Teutonic power metal - primarily the pounding double bass drums. I guess that "Bound by Metal" could be described as a less sophisticated version of early Blind Guardian meets a steroid-abstinent version of Manowar.

And it's all great fun.

The vocalist Sven D'Anna does not, thankfully try to imitate, Eric Adams, but makes use of much more klichéed vocal techniques, and then he has a really thick German accent. But, hey, is there anything more metal than a thick German accent? No, I didn't think so.

But it's all great fun.

The lyrics are about all things metal such as epic battles, legendary warriors, swords and sorcery, vampires and, of course, powerful wizards, and then you have the obligatory songs that praise the might and glory of metal music.

Like I said - great fun.

Recommended to all fans of power metal. They will like this album, I think, for what it is.

All great fun.

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