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The Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week is Wizardry

Wizardry webOne of the perks about being a music journalist is the opportunity to be made aware of artists you ordinarily would never have even heard of if not for the plethora of publicists, labels and ambitious band members flooding my email box , proclaiming what they have to offer is going to “shock the very foundation that which the musical world stands upon.” Now, of course 99.9% of it is either an out and out lie or completely subjective (based on the opinions of parents – mine consider me to be a “catch”), but that just means that .01% manage to rock my world. And that’s also .01% that I never would have had the pleasure of knowing existed.

Brooklyn’s Wizardry falls into that very exceptional category. Brooklyn, already being home to some killer metal acts over the years (Biohazard, Type-0 Negative, Genghis Tron), has always been a hotbed for hardcore, so inspiration is in abundance.

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CD Review: Band of Skulls – Baby Darling Doll Face Honey (Shangri-la/Phi)

bandofskullscoverWhether you’ve heard about it or not, there’s a serious buzz radiating throughout the rock ‘n world hemisphere for a small band out of Southampton, England called Band Of Skulls. Perhaps it’s due to their inclusion on the upcoming soundtrack for the heavily anticipated (by some) sequel to Twilight. Perhaps it’s the overbearing curiosity by so many inquiring into whose music they were enjoying during one of the patented sex-heavy scenes on the HBO phenomenon True Blood. Maybe the buzz came abound when iTunes introduced “I know what I am” as their free single of the week causing soon-to-be fans to flock to the digital Mecca. Or the plethora of comparisons with the immensely popular White Stripes.

Truthfully, there are a combination of reasons that could explain the meteoric buildup for Band of Skulls, however, most of the possibilities mentioned above are a direct result of one key ingredient – these cats can rock! It only makes sense that the contributions and talents of all three members meshed together could create something like Baby Darling Doll Face Honey – one of those rare cases of an album exceeding the lofty expectations that preceded with the buzz.