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The whole landscape of Italian Heavy Rock, presents all sorts of great, actually AWESOME, bands and labels who try to push them, even if the specialized press doesn’t help at all. Between those, I have a special soft spot in my heart for the choices of Black Widow Records. They’re enamoured with old school sounds: prog rock in out own mother tongue, psychedelia, keyboard drenched hard rock, occult stuff. All in the name of passion for music, and with complete indifference for trends.

Desert Wizards fit that description perfectly, while being maybe closer to the taste of more traditional Heavy Psych lovers and less obscure than other releases from the label. This self titled album could easily fit in the Elektrohasch rooster, delivering almost an hour of loose, intense, heavy psychedelia, completely devoted to the concept of jamming, fuzz and acid drenched melody.

The tracks go on in a colourful, evocative flow off electrified riffing, organ, female and slightly trippy male vocals, solos and moments of eerie arpeggios. The vibe is very close to the early works from Deep Purple, Atomic Rooster, the Morrisdon-less moments of The Doors, the most jamming ones from Led Zeppelin, Hawkwind, early pink Floyd. But also modern titans of Psych like Colour Haze. There’s not a single moment of tiredness in this album, its trippy and magical, and incredibly warm. Get it. On Vinyl.

Review Written By Andrea Contanzo

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Posted July 2, 2011 by doommantia in Desert Wizards