US heavy psych and prog merchants WIZZERD and MERLIN are set to issue their magical 40-minute split album 'Turned To Stone Chapter III: Wizzerd vs Merlin' on July 16th on Ripple Music. Immerse in Wizzerd's strange rock meanderings with the single version of their 20-minute LP side "We Are".

In Chapter III of Ripple Music's ambitious 'Turned to Stone' series, a mythic musical battle unfolds between two wielders of the magical arts: WIZZERD and MERLIN. With each band contributing a full LP side, taking the form of one massive and masterful track, which band will triumph and take the mantle of Master Mage? While Merlin take you on an epic shapeshifting journey that escalates from doom to occult prog, by way of disco-funk, Wizzerd brew a mountainous heavy psych spell built on bluesy riffing and cavernous vocals. Hear the single edit of Wizzerd's LP side below:

MERLIN about this epic contribution: "Merlin's Bizarre Adventure was made while the pandemic raged on; band members came and went and all of our jobs became wildly unpredictable. Writing this song in the spring/summer of 2020 was the only thing preventing us from going on a hiatus. It gave our new lineup the challenge and jump-start we needed to embrace the future sound of the band. Plus we needed to write a song that Wizzerd couldn't top even if they tried." Listen to an excerpt of Merlin's LP side with "Merlin's Bizzare Adventure (Stoner Doom edit)"

WIZZERD add: "Fans across the globe have been asking, 'Who will win the great meme war?', 'Why does Merlin think they have anything on Wizzerd?' and 'Will this ever end?', and thanks to the fine folks at Ripple Music, we can finally settle this heated debate once and for all. Merlin think that they’re hot stuff, but really it’s all just a meme game. When it comes to the music, can they make it where it really counts? Grab yourself a chili dog and listen to find out who the real winner is. (Hint: it’s Wizzerd)."

WIZZERD / MERLIN "Turned to Stone Chapter III: Wizzerd vs Merlin" split LP
Out July 16th on Ripple Music - PREORDER

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