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Dark Wizard, the Netherlands' Heavy Metal conjurors, etched their legacy with the enigmatic "Reign of Evil" 12" LP Album Vinyl, the band's final offering under NETHERLANDS Mausoleum Records. Preceded by the 1984 EP "Devil's Victim," the 1985 opus weaves haunting melodies with occult themes, creating a timeless masterpiece. The vinyl's ominous cover art and relentless tracks encapsulate Dark Wizard's enduring influence in the realm of Heavy Metal.


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DARK WIZARD Band Description

Emerging from the unlikely Dutch town of Vroomshoop in the 1980s, Dark Wizard wasn't your typical heavy metal band. While labeled "black metal" due to their dark themes, their sound leaned more towards classic heavy metal with a generous helping of theatrics.


Masters of Melodic Mayhem

Dark Wizard's music was rooted in the heavy metal of legends like Black Sabbath. Crank up the distortion, layer on the soaring guitar riffs, and throw in a healthy dose of catchy hooks – that's the Dark Wizard recipe. But unlike the grim seriousness of some metal bands, Dark Wizard wasn't afraid to inject some melody into their music. Imagine galloping rhythms punctuated by frontman's (whose name varies depending on the source) powerful vocals, all building towards a satisfyingly melodic chorus.

Bringing the Horror to the Stage

Dark Wizard wasn't content to just deliver the music. Their live shows were legendary for their elaborate theatrics. Think fog machines, pyrotechnics, and even monsters like "Mr Nice" and "Dr Doom" bursting from coffins to add a touch of horror to the proceedings. This commitment to creating an immersive experience set them apart from their peers.

A Reign of Evil – Short-lived but Memorable

Despite their captivating live shows and a killer album titled "Reign Of Evil" (1986) featuring tracks like "Mortal Agony" and the Sabbath-esque "Evil Spirit," Dark Wizard never achieved mainstream success. However, they did manage to cultivate a devoted following among fans of old-school heavy metal. Their energetic performances and horror-themed image left an undeniable mark on the Dutch metal scene.

Music Genre:

 Heavy Metal (although because of the lyrics and shows, they were often referred to as a Black Metal band)

Album Production Information:

The album: "DARK WIZARD - Reign of Evil" was produced by: Gerard Haitsma

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Roel Toering

This album was recorded at: Stable Studios, Arnhem, Netherlands

Album cover photography: Paul Haverkort

Record Label Information:

 Mausoleum Records – SKULL 8386

Media Format:

 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1985 Belgium
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: DARK WIZARD - Reign of Evil
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Vocals - Berto van Veen. Berto van Veen, the charismatic vocalist of Dark Wizard, is a seasoned performer whose commanding stage presence and powerful vocal delivery have been pivotal in defining the band's dark sound. With a rich and diverse musical background, Berto's emotive voice weaves tales of the occult, leaving an indelible mark on the Heavy Metal landscape.
  • >Guitars - Marcel de Groot. Marcel de Groot, the guitarist of Dark Wizard, is the mastermind behind the band's intricate and haunting guitar work. His razor-sharp riffs, melodic solos, and dark compositions define the band's signature sound. Marcel's skillful and emotive playing has left an enduring impact, solidifying Dark Wizard's place in the world of Heavy Metal history as architects of atmospheric malevolence.
  • >Bass - Kees Reinders. Kees Reinders, the bassist of Dark Wizard, brings a thunderous and rhythmic foundation to the band's sonic tapestry. His intricate bass lines and dynamic stage presence contribute to the band's ominous aura, adding depth and heaviness to their sound. Kees's musical prowess is an integral element that resonates throughout the band's brief yet impactful career.
  • >Drums - Tony White. Tony White, the rhythmic heartbeat of Dark Wizard, is the band's skilled drummer whose precise and powerful drumming style provides the backbone for their menacing compositions. Tony's versatility and technical proficiency behind the drum kit have been crucial in shaping the band's intense and atmospheric sound, making him an indispensable force within the Heavy Metal realm.
Complete Track-listing of the album "DARK WIZARD - Reign of Evil"

The detailed tracklist of this record "DARK WIZARD - Reign of Evil" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Mortal Agony
  2. Choice Of Life
  3. Judgement Day
  4. Master Of Time
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Evil Spirits
  2. Coming Out Of The Sky
  3. Death Struggle Thriller
  4. Reign Of Evil
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