When Karisma Records released WIZRD’s debut full-length album “Seasons” in the autumn of 2022, they introduced to the world a band who chose to include all the best, and most interesting, aspects of Rock, Indie, Jazz and Prog within their sound – and then proceeded to break a few rules. The result was an album that was filled with beautiful vocal harmonies, stunning melodies, quirky jazz grooves and a rock’n’roll drive to die for.
Now, having begun work on their next album, WIZRD and Karisma Records have once again come together, this time to release a cover of the seminal BLACK SABBATH track “The Wizard”. As the band explains:
Hello hooray! While we are busy recording our second album, we thought it would be good to bring you all a little nugget. This song was a part of our set list a few years back, when we did some shows where the audience could vote and choose in advance what kind of artists we should do a cover of. We all love Black Sabbath. Duh, who dosen’t!? This track is a blast to play, and somehow we feel some kind of kinship to it…and not only because of the title!
We hope you will enjoy it. Here it is; “The Wizard” by Black Sabbath, à la WIZRD!
“The Wizard”, which is only available in Digi format can be downloaded or streamed from a variety of services at
WIZRD’s lineup is comprised of Hallvard Gaardløs (SPIDERGAWD, DRAKEN and more) on bass and lead vocals, Karl Bjorå (MEGALODON COLLECTIVE and more) on guitar and vocals, Vegard Lien Bjerkan (SOFT FFOG and more) on keyboards and vocals and Axel Skalstad (KROKOFANT, SOFT FFOG and more) on drums.
Having met whilst studying at the Jazz Conservatory in Trondheim, each of the band’s four members bring with them a variety of influences and skills, thereby allowing them to test the limits of their musical horizons – something they don’t hesitate in doing.
Norwegian fans of WIZRD will have the chance to see the band live before the end of the year when they are scheduled to play the following dates:
28 Oct: Victoria, Bergen
17 Nov: Energimølla, Kongsberg
25 Nov: Værfast, Horten
Whilst booking has already commenced for 2024 with a show at Postkontoret in Oslo on the 6th April.
More information about WIZRD can be found on the band’s Facebook page at facebook.com/WIZRDTHEBAND/
A video of the band in the studio, rehearsing the track “All Is As It Should Be”, from their 2022 album “Seasons”, by WIZRD’s producer, the Norwegian film score composer and JAGA JAZZIST drummer Martin Horntveth, can be seen at https://youtu.be