Hard rock from the 1970’s had a very particular strength to it that made the music catchy but never overpowering. Full Moon in Scorpio is able to recapture this power through it’s collection of bluesy riffs and Danzig-esque vocals, all while maintaining a modern kick in the production department. The Wizards have pumped out a release that’s tough but comforting and calming more than it is exciting, and that’s exactly what makes this style of rock so cool.
Full Moon in Scorpio dances along the edge of stoner rock, but without ever fully committing to that sound. I feel that this kept the album interesting by introducing that slow, hazy aspect heard from acts like Black Sabbath, but The Wizards stray far enough to not be considered derivative. As strange as it may sound, I feel that this album is a good representation of healthy human sadness; there’s no defeatist feeling or message to it, even though the negative emotions are ever present. It’s like listening to a very competent and self aware man cope with grief, and the human element is made easily accessible to any listener. The Wizards infuse personality into their music, through downtuned smokey riffs, warm and organic drumming, and vigorous singing. Everything just works in such refreshing harmony.
There is only so much that I can say about an album that’s been handled so well without repeating myself. Full Moon in Scorpio applies occult themes to a modernized seventies rock style, all with clear passion and professionalism carrying the music with fervor until the very end. Any music fans with a taste for rock, traditional metal, and/or doom metal should not hesitate to dive into The Wizards beautifully realized second album.
Full Moon in Scorpio is now available physically and digitally from Fighter Records.