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Bog Wizard (Campaign)

Turn this to 5.9 of 11

Released: 2018

Genre: Doom

Sounds Like: Conan, Khemmis, Om

A two piece doom band hailing from Michigan is something we will aways entertain. Bog Wizard’s debut was apparently in the works for over a decade built off of weekend jam sessions between Ben and Harlen. The EP is intriguing at first listen primarily due to its dark tones and prodding rhythms. Lombard’s vocals unfortunately wear on us over time. A sloppy brooding voice that ultimately lacks texture and intrigue. For an EP we also found ourselves lost between songs. Repetitive melodies between the first three tracks become problematic. This becomes more prominent on additional rotations. We will give a Kudos to Kichi Strauss for the amazing album art concept that intrigued us to give this one a gander.

Track Listing:

1. The Wizard in the Bog (5:08)

2. Shapeshifter (5:19)

3. Tarrasque (5:06)

4. The Bit (The Melvins Cover) (4:42)

Standout Track:

We have to go with the Melvin’s cover "The Bit". This is actually a pretty solid cover and our guess is the jam sessions may have been geared towards some doom covers and this one held strong. Quite the homage to Buzz Osborne as we really feel the energy and admiration.

Adult Beverage Pairing:

Oil of Gladness (11% ABV) barleywine, a collaboration by Dark Horse Brewing Co. of Marshall and 3 Floyds Brewing Co. of Munster, Ind.: Brooding black barleywine is packed with flavors ranging from smokey and dark fruit to toffee, sweet malts, bitter espresso and a bunch of piney hops. A Michigan favorite and high alcohol content to numb your doom senses for Bog Wizard


Captivation and Variety

5.5 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy

8.5 out of 11

Hallucinogenic levels

6.9 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess

6.2 out of 11

Percussion Prowess

5.4 out of 11

Overall Album Flow

4.6 out of 11


5.5 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics

8.2 out of 11

Production Value

5.2 out of 11

Band Members:

Ben Lombard - Guitar/ Lead Vocals

Harlen Linke - Drums/ Backup Vocals

Final Thoughts:

We do admire the duo’s passion for doom and ability to take things to the next level in putting out their first release. Passion however does not alway yield positive results. While there are a few solid moments on ‘Campaign’, we do recommend they look for a third bass player to add some texture and depth. With the abundance of sensational doom out their for the pickings, weaker production and vulnerable vocals become a difficult recipe. Doom fans may be entertained on the first rotations, but this one lacks staying power unfortunately.

Follow Bog Wizard: Bandcamp / Facebook


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