Madvro – Invocation of High Wizard
Label: Librarion Records
Date: February 6, 2018
Let me write about the label first. With the full name being “Librarion records and fanzines” it specializes in every kind of art you might think of. I was never, personally, much into such versatility of activity, as it often produces a complex mess, resulting in a mix of products with more or less creative success. However, seeing the enthusiasm of this relatively young Serbian label, I must confess to being quite intrigued. I’ve already had a chance to read the fanzines, so let’s hear the musical choice Daniel has to offer.
Madvro are newcomers on the Serbian Stoner Metal scene, debuting with a 35 minute long album “Invocation of High Wizard”. Further description of their music might just seem unnecessary. This is pretty much your typical Stoner. Southern infused hard riffing, psychedelic voice, pummeling drums and long, atmospheric arrangements. Speaking of vocals I have a feeling they are actually the weakest point of this release. I find them too “wailing”. The singer would most certainly leave a stronger impression if he would find just a bit more edge in his voice. On the other hand, drum patterns impressed me above all. Very fluent change of tempos and a couple of fairly aggressive moments reminded me of some slower Pantera songs.
This trio most certainly nailed the atmosphere presented here. Production of this album is also flawless carrying more than enough energy to keep your ears open wide. When it’s all said and done, the general impression is that this is a successful debut. Not groundbreaking but solid piece of Stoner Metal that should not leave any fan of the genre unsatisfied. Since I am not a big fan of the genre, I must admit that I enjoyed this work. As a piece of constructive criticism I would point out that Madvro needs a bit more distinctive sound in the future and definitely stronger vocals. Yet, considering the fact that this is the debut recording, it is quite solid and should keep you interested in their next offerings.