The End of the Wizard

Release date: August 25th 2006
Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Website: www.weltenbrand.li

Style: Goth

Rating: 50/100
Cover artwork rating: 60/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: July 16th 2006

There are many mediocre bands in this world. Right now, the tiny European state Lichtensteinís Weltenbrand is lining up in the long queue with their fifth release.  

Intentions are good, ideas are overall ok, but the end result is a dull album with a male vocalist who sounds uninspired and at times even sings out of key Ė which in my book is a no-no, especially in the goth genre where the guitar shredding oftentimes canít take away the focus for a less than perfect vocal performance.  

Better are the songs where the female vocalist, Dina Zambelli, takes over the reins. The tracks The Ghosts of New Yearís Eve and Overhead are more than decent and hold the effluent quality that some goth bands manage to capture. In contrast to her male colleague, her voice can stand the distance of the rather pompous and keyboard rich arrangements.  

Only for diehard fans of the band Iím afraid.