Review Summary: It may not be something you'll be proud to play on a first date, but it's hard not to like dorky accessibility of it.3 of 3 thought this review was well written
I’ll admit that this album was before my time, riding along the wake of biggies ‘Zeppelin and ‘Sabbath. While I can give to anyone a considerably long list of bands of recent times, the number of albums I’ve heard outside the recent decades is limited. Naturally these are the more appreciated ones of the past; the ones that people saw a worth in keeping around a little while longer.
That’s where Demons and Wizards comes in. It’s got the obvious influences from the 70s classics. English to boot, the name and mood of the album matches the tone of medieval European. The title-based tracks further support this theme by depicting fantasy images and ideas. You know what? It somehow all works.
This soundscape of fantasy times and whimsical adventure may not be something you’ll be proud to play on a first date, but it’s hard not to like the dorky accessibility of it. Acoustic sounding chords dance around adventurous vocals begging to be played in the backyard with a beer in hand. Drum patterns are consistently interesting to help keep a welcoming and enjoyable flow. It’s a simple but effective rock formula that offers the perfect amount of accessibility.
Fault in the album exists, but it’s not meant to be flawless. Sure, it’s repetitive and not trying too hard to break unoriginality. It’s also fun and interesting without being mindless. It’s got a well rooted concept and sound. It’s the kind of album that that works well enough to have a reason not to be forgotten.