Jesse Macicak (bass/vocals), John Grana (percussion) and Gregorio Puentes (guitar/vocals) are Wizard Prison. The band formed in 2017 and recently released a four-song self-titled EP Wizard Prison.
This EP is pure rock and just a blast. They meld rock from a number of different decades of influence. There is definitely a sense of adventure with these songs that embrace rock in all its glory. The band’s broad range of rock has similarities to bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age.
They open with “Curtains” and you get a few precious seconds of feedback hum before the whole band comes out of the gates. The vocalist is hyperbolic but perfectly on point vocal inflection has noticeably similarities to Jack White when he lets loose. That combined with the ascending palm muted guitar creates a much more classic rock ‘70s influenced sound than The White Stripes. It’s a thrill ride for it three-plus-minutes.
The band jams out on “Dirty Bill” and there is a mix here. I loved the more unconventional Nirvana-esque chord structure that opens the song and then seamlessly goes into Zeppelin like verse. From there the band goes into a breakdown. Drum and bass take the lead. The song ends up being largely instrumental as the song picks up with a litany of changes.
Speaking of Zeppelin. I was digging the Bonham like beats on “The Worst Pharmacist on Mars” which lead into a Les Claypool like bass line that then transitions into a Jimmy Page like lead.
They don’t disappoint with the enthralling closer “Eagle Carmine.” The band destroys on this song and the chant like vocals were on point as well. It’s just non-stop energy here and it doesn't stop till it’s over.
This is deeply infectious rock EP that brings the goods and more.
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