Dirt Wizard - No Sun of Mine (Own Label)

This'll do for starters...
Release Date: 
13 Dec 2013 - 11:30pm

Peoria, Illinois natives Dirt Wizard know what they like – naming themselves after a Red Fang song should give you an idea just what that is – and, enthusiastic young pups that they are, they want to share that love with the rest of the world – you want in? G’arn, you know you do…

Halfway through opener Amis Tabu their infectious verve and brio will have transferred itself from the speakers into your brain and you won’t be able to resist. Fleas is up next riding in on a neat intro riff before erupting into an Orange Goblinesque storm of low-tuned dirge riff mayhem. Guitarists Zak and Sam swap vocal lines as well as riffs, which keeps things interesting, but really it doesn’t matter who’s croaking – the riff is king on No Son of Mine, and there are plenty to enjoy.

Dirt Wizard’s youthful exuberance carries them a long way here – the songs are never really more than standard issue stoner metal, with a couple of worthy exceptions – transforming what could be slightly mundane exercises in riffage into sparkling tours de force of axe-crazy alehouse nirvana through their sheer commitment alone. Will that be enough to sustain them and take them to the next level with their next release? I’m willing to bet it will, as the slightly more progressive bent of final track Season of the Sun points to a band with enough musical smarts to avoid the creative trench many stoner bands find themselves mired in as their careers progress. But don’t take my word for it – have a listen yourselves and then head over to the band’s bandcamp page and give them a few quid to help them along…