Livin’ Oblivion is the forthcoming full-length from Canadian heavy metal/rock unit Black Wizard. Set for release this February via Listenable Records, the record was produced and engineered by Michael Kraushaar in Vancouver, British Columbia and comes sheathed in the cover art of renowned Berlin, German-based illustrator Eliran Kantor (Testament, Crowbar, Satan).
In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine is offering up the band’s visual accompaniment to the track “Feast Or Famine.” The smoldering performance video was filmed and edited by Rob Zawistowski [robzie.ca] at The Wise Hall in Vancouver.
“This is the first video we have ever done,” issues the band. “It took us way too long to hop on this wagon. Rob did a great job capturing the band in our natural habitat and showing off our live energy. Now people can see what they’re in for before seeing us. We’re doing a full story line video right away too, so keep those eyes peeled!”
Watch “Feast Or Famine”:
Livin’ Oblivion centers itself on the obliteration or slow decay of one’s self, morals, and life as we know it. “We are living in an age where the powers of the World are taking steps backwards and moving away from a positive future,” the band elaborates. “There is a large number of disenfranchised youth and young adults that would rather live their lives in oblivion – drinking, drugs, partying etc. – than chasing any kind of future or dreams, simply because the rest of the world seems to be falling apart around them.”
The first single, “Feast Or Famine” is most definitely based off of this idea, and continues to exist throughout the record. It being one of the faster, more aggressive tunes off the record, it’s a reflection of the band’s road worn personas and chemistry as a collective. Taking cues from thrash legends (early Metallica/Slayer) and influential contemporaries, Black Wizard sounds as inspired as ever, and are ready to take over the world…even if there isn’t much time left.
Black Wizard’s Livin’ Oblivion will see release this February.
Hailing from Vancouver, Black Wizard was forged in 2009 between high school friends. Some years and personnel changes later, the band is going stronger than ever. Founding members vocalist/guitarist Adam Grant and drummer Eugene Parkomenko were both working underwhelming construction jobs at the time, passing the days to the sounds of Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Witch, and Electric Wizard. Today, Parkomenko and Grant are accompanied by guitarist Danny Stokes and basisst Evan Joel. Having followed a true DIY aesthetic, the band has released three full-length LPs along with a 7″ single independently and sold over five thousand copies worldwide. In classic WIZ fashion, Livin’ Oblivion has evolved from their previous efforts boasting a bigger, heavier, sharper, and louder approach than ever before. Faster thrash elements have been added, while staying true to that sultry, Thin Lizzy-esque twin lead vibe throughout.
Since their first Listenable album release, New Waste, in early 2016, the band has toured non-stop including a Canadian mini-tour with Red Fang, a six-week stadium tour with Killswitch Engage and Volbeat, a month-long US tour supporting Brant Bjork and Royal Thunder, a month-long North American tour supporting Weedeater, and so much more. At home on the road, Black Wizard is ready to take to the streets again kicking 2018 off with their fourth European run.
Black Wizard is:
- Adam Grant – vocals/guitar
- Eugene Parkomenko – drums
- Danny Stokes – guitar
- Evan Joel – bass
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