Wizard Rifle
Speak Loud Say Nothing


4.5
superb

Review

by 666Micrograms USER (9 Reviews)
January 13th, 2013 | 14 replies | 1,645 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "That is strength boy! That is power! The strength and power flesh..."

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Applying some sort of thesis statement to Wizard Rifle's debut Speak Loud Say Nothing would be a fruitless task. Not only does the band constantly hop genres in a fantastically mathy fashion, but the places they go with their music is anything but trite or predictable. Imagine if you will, The Dillinger Escape Plan playing sludge, doom metal and psychedelic rock, and now imagine if you will, said band only has two members. Yes, Wizard Rifle are duo; one on guitar, and one drums, sharing the vocal duties.

If one had to apply any one exceeding quality to Speak Loud Say Nothing is would be just how goddamn catchy it is. Whatever kind of energetic music these guys are playing at any given second, it's always instantaneously palpable while remaining complex and active enough to stay fresh for a hell of a long while.

"That is strength boy! That is power! The strength and power of flesh..."

Indeed, its Wizard Rifle's humanity that gives it that special something that so much modern metal lacks. Speak Loud Say Nothing drips with personality. From the hyperrealistic album cover to the eccentric lyrics to the hints of psychedelic influences scattered about the slew of sludgy doom riffs, the duo never lose sight of what makes music special in the first place; its power to bring ideas and people together. From the chorus hook of Tears Of Won't Soften Steel to the reverb-laden all-you-can-riff-buffet that is Megatherium there's always something happening that reminds you this album is all flesh, and no fill.

Personality aside, Speak Loud Say Nothing has fundamental brilliance underlying its entire concept. Individually each track hosts a fantastic bombardment of variety, but taken as a whole release, the trve genius behind Wizard Rifle can really be revealed. At 38 minutes the album can be easily absorbed in one listen, and rightfully so. The songwriting is absolutely top-notch. To span so many genres of agressive music while retaining coherency and originality is no easy task. Where band's like BTBAM faceplant in the dirt before even taking off, Wizard Rifle craft wholly comprehendible concepts connected by that redeeming quality mentioned earlier, their humanity.

Yet as any good band does band, Wizard Rifle doesn't fail to present its own internal paradox of qualities. While being organic, down to earth, catchy as hell and downright fun, Speak Loud Say Nothing is an alien presentation of eclectic ideas and unorthodox Mike Patton-esque brilliance. If Wizard Rifle's music isn't taking you on a tour of a mescaline-induced alien planet of psychedelic orgasms, than they're playing right in front of your face, in the flesh, down in a smoky unfinished basement venue; regardless of where you actually happen to be in space-time. After all, thats what good songwriting really boils down to, its ability to transport the listener somewhere else entirely, whether it be a fantasy world or a mosh pit; and Speak Loud Say Nothing instantly sweeps you off your feet and never brings you down.

To delve any further into hyperbolic praise and frivilous comparisons is moot. All that need be said is that if you're high as hell and the interdimensional jewl-encrusted elf clowns won't stop stealing your hands, than make haste and put this beauty on, tune in and drop out.

2012 was a solid year for music, and for any fan of eccentric, catchy and thought-provoking metal, Speak Loud Say Nothing should be damn near the top of their AOTY list.



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slipnslide
January 13th 2013



2640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review! Pos'd!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2013



7306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a fun review. Have a pos.

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666Micrograms
January 13th 2013



923 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks ya'll!

Yazz_Flute
January 13th 2013



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Best band name ever.

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demigod!
January 13th 2013



43809 Comments


agreed might check


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Wizard
January 13th 2013



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This was my second fav from 2012 and I'm regretting now not putting it on the top (I listen to this constantly). Original shit right here. And you're one of my personal favourite reviewers on this site for recognizing this gem that so many faggots overlooked. You write damn perfect reviews too. Love this line:

All that need be said is that you're high as hell and the interdimensional jewl-encrusted elf clowns won't stop stealing your hands, than make haste and put this beauty on, tune it and drop out.

Brilliant!

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2013



6923 Comments


Tis rare to see that sort of praise from Wiz anymore. Well deserved.

Tyrael
January 14th 2013



20723 Comments


sweet

nice review bro

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2013



6923 Comments


This sounds fairly unique between tracks.

CaptainDooRight
January 14th 2013



28300 Comments


sweet rev, pos'd

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666Micrograms
January 14th 2013



923 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

glad it was well recieved. Them cool kids think I dun write real good

itchy
January 17th 2013



244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's like a heavier Big Business. I like.

666Micrograms
April 7th 2013



923 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the drummer told me they're working on new material too

LungButter
July 24th 2013



171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this band needs more love, they fucking rule



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