Wizard - Odin

11 songs
56:06 minutes


Band name: Wizard. Album title: Odin. This should already say enough. But to be fair, I try to overcome my own negative feelings to true metal music and be as fair as I can be. Wizard are a German power metal band, and Odin, a concept album about Northern Gods, is already their fifth album. Considering that they self-released their first two albums, this shows that they have their roots clearly in the metal underground.

You get fast but melodic power metal music, with clear high vocals that are typical for that kind of music. Wizard themselves declare to continue where Manowar stopped after The Sign Of The Hammer. Mmmh, hard to say if I can believe that, because although Wizard have more credibility than recent Manowar, their music never evokes the kind of magic you got when listening to mid-Eighties Manowar.

Anyway, this is a love-it-or-hate-it music, and the fact that these guys have even a fanclub down in South Africa shows that they must be doing something right. Piet Sielck of Iron Savior fame was responsible for the production, so that all you true metalheads out there know that this will just be sounding right for you. I give this album a neutral 5. As a matter of fact, I don't hate it (I listened to too many metal bands in my youth for that), but even if it's not annoying me, I doubt that I will listen that much to Odin.

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