"I hear a lot of talk by a lot of honkies, sittin' on a lot of money, telling me they're high society. They're not. We're high society!"
-- The MC5
Wizard Eye plays loudly electrified riff rock.
In a perfect world, the band's biography could be nothing more than the above sentence, because it's the simple truth. Wizard Eye's essence: black-light posters; incense; patch-laden denim jackets; tube amps; boogie vans; Kung Fu; H.P. Lovecraft; D&D; shag carpet; white panthers; Sun Tzu; Ray Harryhausen monsters; fuzz pedals; strobe lights; cowbell; time travel; bass wah; the infinite depths of the cosmos... Are you getting the picture?
Named after a never-ending storm on the surface of Neptune and inspired by a love of rock, metal, psychedelia, doom and riffs, the Philadelphia-based band formed in late 2007. The group proceeded to write songs, play shows and go through changes. The trio presently comprises three like-minded brethren with two decades of music under their collective belts. Erik sings, plays guitar and occasionally works a theremin. Dave sings and plays bass. Mike plays drums. The band's first full-length release, "Orbital Rites," is available for free download exclusively through bandcamp (http://wizardeye.bandcamp.com/). Its second release, "Riff Occult: Live," is available at the same address.
Wizard Eye’s newest self-titled vinyl release on Black Monk Records has taken its brand of mind-bending riffs and kaleidoscopic soundscapes to a new level of titanic glory. A mixture of bottom-heavy grooves, fiery fuzz, churning bass, otherworldly effects and raw vocals, "Wizard Eye" shows the band operating at the pinnacle of its creative and musical abilities. This is an album with its roots deeply set into the lysergic soil of ’70s acts like Hawkwind, Budgie, Blue Cheer, Captain Beyond, Motorhead and Black Sabbath. A long-awaited follow-up to its underground, self-released 2010 debut, "Orbital Rites," "Wizard Eye" shows the natural progression of the band’s dedication to taking dark, heavy music to new and creative areas without abandoning the ever-essential majesty of the riff.
The trio recorded "Wizard Eye" in three days at Haddon Heights, New Jersey’s Gradwell House Studios with the imminently irascible and talented Steve Poponi
The members of Wizard Eye (Mike, Erik and Dave) have put in countless hours honing their musical craft at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and their music been featured and reviewed by respected websites and blogs like The Obelisk, Doommantia, The Sludgelord, No Clean Singing, Gruesome News, Decibel Magazine and Blow the Scene. The band has become a staple of the festival circuit, projecting its strength across stages for events like The Stoner Hands of Doom, Eye of the Stoned Goat, Autumn Screams Doom, Moving the Earth, Feast of Krampus, Sludgement Day and Vultures of Volume. Wizard Eye has shared stages with Wino, Black Tusk, Church of Misery, Sourvein, Sixty Watt Shaman, Karma to Burn, Pale Divine, Unorthodox, The Skull, Devil to Pay, Black Thai, Lo Pan and countless others.
Download at: https://wizardeye.bandcamp.com/
Available in swirled, magenta/blue vinyl from Black Monk Records for $19.99.
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