"Winds of the Cosmos" (Self-produced; 2022)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Winds of the Cosmos" starts out with a synth riff that makes you think this album is going to be pure power metal. And there are some power metal influences on this album. Then the vocals begin and you think, hey, there's going to be some Swedish death metal influences. And there are some Swedish death metal influences here. And then you get to some chunky riffs and fiery leads and you think, hey, this is going to be a pure heavy metal record. And there are elements of pure heavy metal here.

And it's this combination of sounds and sub-genres that makes Celestial Wizard's album so strong. Its furious guitars, growling vocals, driving rhythms and fantasy-based lyrics all come together to create a sound that's as familiar as it is unique. Its instantly addictive and engrossing and you'll find yourself reaching for that replay button the minute the album is finished.

There isn't a weak track to be found here, although my favorite is "Scourge," which instantly burned itself into my brain with its irresistible chorus and chugging power. The album closes out with the nearly eight minute title track which combines all of the elements we've heard earlier on this album into an epic tale.

I can't imagine anyone into the genres explored here not finding something to like on "Winds of the Cosmos."

For more info, check out https://celestialwizard.bandcamp.com/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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