"Wishdoctor" (NEH Records)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Wishdoctor is an amazing band that blends the best of 80s hair bands with the best of heavier, more serious bands, especially Metallica. Most of the time, Wishdoctor leans more toward the "Black" album-era Metallica sound - which is pretty good in my book. It may not be as consistently heavy, but it's still pretty damn heavy. If you're familiar with NEH Records (and you should be), then you'll probably aware of their more melodic-oriented hard rock bands like Axe and Guild of Ages. Wishdoctor is heavier than either of those bands. 

Fans of pure, heavy rock will love Wishdoctor. The song writing is exactly what we've come to expect from heavily Metallica-influenced bands and the performance is strong, consistent and heavy. The band is eerily reminiscent of the World's Biggest Metal Monsters and, strangely enough, that's part of this record's real charm.

Wishdoctor is: Matt Wheatley - lead vocals, bass; Alex Quintana guitar, backing vocals; Brian Mesa - guitar, backing vocals; Troy Benson - drums, backing vocals.

"Wishdoctor" was produced by renowned producer Bobby Barth, who also happens to be an integral part of Axe.

For more information, please visit http://www.nehrecords.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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