Wizard Rifle- Speak Loud Say Nothing
Wizard Rifle strikes me as a group that has become accustomed to people writing them off. It’s somewhat understandable; the music they create is too unusual for the general public to wrap their heads around, and it’s fairly easy at first listen to pigeonhole them as a band riding the coattails of hipster-induced music trends. Hopefully, you won’t follow the herd either and realize that “Speak Loud Say Nothing” is an adventurous release from this exciting obscure band.
Wizard Rifle is a Portland, Oregon duo that features guitarist/vocalist Max Dameron and drummer/vocalist Sam Ford. Their sound teeters on experimental rock that can be compared to other two man acts such as Hella or Lightning Bolt, but also incorporates elements of metal and stoner rock that are similar to The Melvins, Torche, or Queens of the Stone Age. Even though this familiarity is upfront and apparent in their sound, Wizard Rifle crossbreeds their musical ideas to create an avant-garde sludge metal assault that will make any naysayer think twice about accusing them of living in the shadows of their influences. Intricate grooves and distorted guitar riffs, walls of reverb and feedback, flashy hard hitting drumming, and strangely sung vocal melodies are showcased on this debut record that embraces its eccentric oddities just as much as its heavy metal swagger.
Wizard Rifle’s “Speak Loud Say Nothing” is a fantastic debut from this forward thinking musical tag team and is highly recommended for anyone that enjoys his or her music just outside the box. You can follow this artist through their Facebook, purchase this record through their label Seventh Rule Recordings, or stream a track below: