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Wand is pretty cool. Their name is kind of light and confusing until you hear their music and the image of a heavy metal space wizard popped into my head and it all made sense. They remind me a lot of Meatbodies, which is good, but slower and heavier. Psychedelic rock seems like it’s becoming more and more of a stoner-punk subgenre these days, so it’s refreshing to see a band bring a classic heavy metal feel back to it. The best thing about this album is the variety of dynamic sound you get throughout. They have slow acoustic ballads, a heavy ballad, a slow ballad that gets heavy, and fast heavy songs. “Self Hypnosis in 3 Days” is the shining single from this album and is packed full dark matter, psychedelic, space energy. “Cave In” is just as gripping, fast, and heavy. Slower songs like “Melted Rope” kept me interested despite them being well… really, really slow. The psychedelic soundscapes space jammed me no matter the pace of the song. Sometimes the slowness added to the massive, face-melting, heaviness of the riffs like in “Planet Golem”. Slow metal jams usually aren’t my thing but Wand really makes it work. Check this album out fans of music.

 

 

Tour Dates

Wed. May 13 – Brussels, BE @ Nuits Botaniques Festival
Thu. May 14 – London, UK @ Rough Trade East In Store
Fri. May 15 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Fest
Sat. May 16 – Lyon, FR @ Nuits Sonores Festival
Sun. May 17 – Barcelona, SP @ Almo2bar
Mon. May 18 – Madrid, SP @ Costello
Tue. May 19 – San Sebastian, SP @ DabaDaba
Wed. May 20 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey
Thu. May 21 – Angers, FR @ Chabada
Fri. May 22 – St. Brieuc, FR @ Art Rock Festival
Sat. May 23 – Utrecht, NL @ Guess Who Festival
Sun. May 24 – London, UK @ Old Blue Last
Mon. May 25 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
Tue. May 26 – Berlin, DE @ West Germany
Wed. May 27 – Metz, FR @ Trinitaires
Thu. May 28 – Dudingen, CH @ Kilbi Festival
Fri. May 29 – Toulouse, FR @ Week-End Curiosités Festival
Sat. May 30 – Nimes, FR @ This is Not a Love Song Festival
Fri. June 5 – Ravena, IT @ Beaches Brew Festival
Sat. June 6 – Poitiers, FR @ Less Playboy Is More Cowboy Festival
Fri. Sep. 4 – Sun. Sep. 6 – Dorset, UK @ End Of The Road Festival