Photo: Milton Stille

Black Wizard is a heavy metal and hard rock band from Vancouver BC, formed in 2009 between four high school friends. Founding members Adam Grant and Eugene Parkomenko - still part of the original line-up - were both working less than desirable construction jobs at the time, cranking the likes of Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Witch, or Electric Wizard as loud as possible to get through the days on site. Heavily motivated by Vancouver’s thick and heavy scene, full of bands like Bison and 3 Inches of Blood ruling at the time, “The Wiz” was born. Having always followed a true DIY aesthetic, Black Wizard has independently released two full length LPs and a 7” single, selling over 5000 copies worldwide. In 2015, Black Wizard signed with Listenable Records, a label based in France, which released their third LP titled “New Waste”.

In the last few years the band has toured extensively across North America and Europe. Most recently Black Wizard spent last summer touring the US and Canada in support of Volbeat and Killswitch Engage and ended 2016 in Europe with San Francisco-based band Joy. Having shared the stage with the likes of Sleep, Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats, Red Fang, Corrosion of Conformity, The Shrine, Mos Generator, Kylesa, Weedeater, Witch, Black Mountain, Zeke, Black Breath, Yob, Pierced Arrows, Saviours, close friends in Anciients and many more over the course of seven years, there show no signs of them stopping in the near future. Currently, the band is working on their fourth LP with Bully’s Studios in New Westminster, BC, set for release through Listenable Records in September 2017.

Black Wizard is Adam Grant (Vocals / Guitar), Eugene Parkomenko (Drums), Evan Joel (Bass) and Danny Stokes (Guitar).

 

 
 

The Priest (New Waste) recorded by Stefan Alexander in Victoria, B.C.