If there’s one thing Black Wizard knows, it’s how to put on a damn good show. With a sound described as a unique mix of 70s groove rock and doom, the band features four members: singer-guitarist Adam Grant, drummer Eugene Parkomenko, guitarist Danny Stokes, and bassist Evan Joel.
On Saturday, February 27, Black Wizard celebrated the release of their first LP album since 2013 titled, New Waste. While paying homage to all the bangers that still live in the band’s hometown of New Westminster, the album title also eludes to where it was produced, recorded, and mixed; at Bully’s Studios in the Royal City.
The Rickshaw Theatre, a historic venue for Vancouver’s storied punk and metal scene, somehow maintains a perfect balance of organized chaos at all times. As the members of Black Wizard took the stage Grant yelled into the mic, “What the fuck is up everybody?!” The packed audience roared in response; visibly keyed up with energy and ready to explode.
Right as the band began to play their new album from beginning to end, the front of the crowd erupted into a low key mosh pit that steadily gained momentum as the show continued. Highlights included the performance of “Eliminator” where Kenneth Paul Cook joined the band on stage to play his guitar solo live and the performance of “Laughing and Lost,” a slower ballad used to break up the intensity of the album.
Check out the rest of the photos from the high energy show below.