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Wizard's Beard : Four Tired Undertakers

Wizard's Beard sound exactly like Buzzoven if they had formed in the Thatcher years.

After their critically acclaimed first EP in 2011, the four bastards from Leeds are back with a new slab of the filthiest Sludge possible. The difference between 'Pure Filth' and 'Four Tired Undertakers' lies in a more Punk approach of the style, not unlike the late Iron Monkey. However, it is also backed by some nice Stoner riffs that make the record sound like Weedeater overdosing on Crass.

This helps a lot in increasing the natural aggressiveness of the band, and sometimes you'll be left wondering if singer Chris Hardy is not in fact Paul Catten in disguise. A song like 'Seeth Inside' is the perfect representation of what the band has to offer this time. It's crawling, the riffs are nerve-breaking, hatred is spewed out and disease starts to infect your ears. The album feels a lot like it has been recorded live, with each song starting when the previous is ending, and it gives a lot of insight on how Wizard's Beard look like on stage.

Some will claim that Wizard's Beard have become less Doom and more Sludge, what I won't deny. To be more precise, they are exactly what Buzzoven could have been if they had formed in the Thatcher years. Sometimes, a suffocating heaviness creeps around you (like in the mammoth finale of 'Accursed''), giving the music an edge few Sludge bands can boast about nowadays (you know...those bands that still think that Phil Anselmo is the Sludge Messiah). The finale of the album, the crushing semi-instrumental 'Harbinger', is full of urban decay, of hatred born out of unemployment and alcoholic distress. The title is just what the music on that track is all about: the harbinger of hardest things to come indeed. This is the kind of music anti-Tories protesters could have used as soundtrack for their nice little dirty sessions of streetfighting. This is the music of deserted neighbourhoods, of empty factories left in ruins and of Saturday night hooligans’ fights. This is England in the 2010's, and Wizard's Beard are its heralds.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Subirse El Muerto
2. Abandon The Wolf
3. Daemon
4. Seeth Inside
5. Accursed
6. Harbinger

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-02-18 by Laurent Lignon
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