Gorilla Wizard - Tales From The Cauldron Album Review/Stream 
About The Band
Formed in 2018 by members Lar, Mikal, Ry and Gabrel, this sludge and stoner metal act makes its slapstick sense of humor and campy brutality apparent upon the very first listen. Here is 2019, the band arrives with a 10 track full-length record, the appropriately named Tales From The Cauldron. With Halloween just around the corner, what better time to take a look at this 90s throwback band with an 80s slasher horror movie attitude?
Thick and crunchy guitar riffs by Lar on the opening instrumental, The Preamble (To Madness, immediately bring up similarities to that early 90s sludge and stoner sound pioneered by the likes of Kyuss and Melvins, while still featuring a very modern production. Once the vocals come in, however, it’s a different story. Gabrels playfully harsh howls and growls border on the extreme, while still carrying a certain carefree vibe about them so as to not take themselves too seriously. It isn’t all brutal vocals however, as more smooth and softer techniques do come into play and thrive as the album continues on, creating a nice contrast between the clean and the untamed. Deeper in the record tracks like Maple Crunch offers a sound very akin to hardcore punk, only with death-like vocals, of course. It’s a very tight record, which really helps it all have one cohesive feeling.
If you're looking for something that’s both a fun time and downright dirty and messy sounding, then this a great record to start off your Autumn season. If you’re looking for a new experience that offers something new and innovative, you might want to look elsewhere. Because while Tales From The Cauldron is a great record for what it’s trying to achieve, it fails to bring anything new to the table, instead treading the well established and over-saturated old ground.
Still, a hell of a good time though, give it a listen, just don’t expect too much beyond simple enjoyment.