Italian stoner/doom metal trio Wizard Master has unveiled the second single »Tested By Death« taken from their upcoming sophomore album, »Ablanathanalba«, scheduled for release on July 7th, 2023 via Electric Valley Records.
Says the band: “It is a kind of funeral hymn, of death and rebirth. On Judgment Day you discover that you are not alone but rather that you are part of a majestic congregation with which you can celebrate everything you love. On this day you die alone and reborn as a member of something greater. On this day you will be tested by death itself.”
01. Hell Riders
02. Funeral Boogie
04. Master Of Wizardry
05. We Are Füd
06. Tested By Death
Courtesy of Qabar PR:
Electric Valley Records presents »Ablanathanalba«, the sophomore full-length by the Rome-based stoner/doom metal group Wizard Master. The album will be available on vinyl (three different variants) and digital on 7 July.
Though it sounds unbelievable, Wizard Master’s genesis was a mysterious mutual dream experienced by Manosinistra and Manodestra, two musicians involved in different styles of music, ranging from metal and punk to folk. Despite being present on the Italian scene for long, they had never played together until fate intervened.
One night in 2019, Manosinistra was visited by a powerful hooded figure instructing him to form a band and play music that would please him (H). Astonishingly, on the same day, Manosinistra came across Manodestra’s Facebook post inquiring about a bandmate to create doom music with ’70s influences. Without hesitation, Manosinistra responded to the post, and the next day they found themselves in the rehearsal room and eventually formed Wizard Master. What they soon discovered left them in awe – Manodestra had also dreamt of the same encounter and had placed the ad for a similar reason. In just a few hours, WM had their first song, »Children Of The Night«, which would become part of their 2021’s debut EP, »Abracadoom«. The song is the tale of this incredible coincidence of their meeting.
Since then, WM has been unstoppable, recruiting new members and producing music at regular intervals while also taking care of the recording, mixing, cover art, and promotions of their releases entirely on their own. Their debut full-length, »Phasmatis«, has been released in various formats worldwide, thanks to labels from Europe, Japan, Argentina, and the USA lending their support. Released in February 2022, the album is a labor of love that embodies everything WM has always admired in music. Powerful and muddy, »Phasmatis« speaks of the Great Wizard, drawing inspiration from the ’70s but with a modern twist.
»Ablanathanalba«, the upcoming second album, is the natural evolution of the previous album. With more bluesy, dark, and psychedelic numbers, this record explores uncharted territories for the band and reflects their accumulated experience in songwriting and recording techniques. Thematically, »Ablanathanalba« tells the story of the current times we live in, where nothing is true anymore and everything is ephemeral and the opposite of itself. The album delves deep into this madness and emerges with a new perspective, making it a powerful commentary on the world we live in today.
With »Ablanathanalba«, the great and powerful Wizard Master has just begun to move their legions across the earth.
Producer, Mix Engineer, Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards: Livio (Manosinistra) Cosentini
Studio Personnel, Vocals, Quitar, Drums: Alessandro (Manodestra) Nanni
Studio Personnel, Guitar: Francesco (Ganjalfi) D’Appio
Lyrics Composer: Livio (Manasinistra) Cosentini
Music Composers: Livio (Manasinistra) Cosentini and Alessandro (Manodestra) Nanni
Mix, Mastering and Magic: Emiliano Ciardulli – recorded at the Wizard Dungeon
»Ablanathanalba« will be available on:
• 250x Black Vinyl
• 200x Light Transparent Vinyl
• 50x Ultra LTD “Ghost Edition”
Wizard Master is:
Manodestra – Drums, Vocals
Manosinistra – Guitars, Vocals
Capo – Bass