After the relative disappointment of ‘We Live’, the Wizard are well and truly back with easily their best album since ‘Dopethrone’. It has taken an age, but is well worth the wait. Anyone with even the remotest interest in doom metal needs to hear this album. Now.
Debut album for Norwegian dark metal act who won best album in Terrorizer’s 1999 reader’s poll. Seven tracks that set the standard for extreme metal, including ’Walk the Path of Sorrow’ and ’Dark Medieval Times’. Standard jewel case.
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More of a vintage feel than any of their previous albums.
They strike the chord from the git-go, and they just keep it up.
Lyrics like, “Legalize drugs, and murder.”
This album might be a more-rounded album than even Dopethrone. Yeah, I said it! Buy Dopethrone first, though.
if you can count old Vincent Price movies as a musical influence, you will LOVE Electric Wizard! In my cobweb-covered, black candle burning opinion, “Witchcult Today” is one of the best releases of 2007. Doom on!
very psychedelic, very 70s, very Sabbath, very Argento, very Vince Price, Electric Wizard is not only a Metal band, they are an artform a captivating trip thru darkness, full of british pride, the unique stoner rock charm they play is fascinating, you get immerse in a dark cloud into obscurity, density have been lost a little but this have been changed for a more 70s rock vibe, more in the mood of a Sabbath era “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” but slower and darker much more. Miss Buckingham provides too a great second guitar it was a good idea her addition.
Get this great album you will be plenty pleased
The superb English doomsters Electric Wizard are back with another monstrous slab of slow, brain bludgeoning riffs and grooves, fuzzed to the extreme and laced in sumptuous psychedelic overtones. Essentially, doom metal doesn’t get any better than Electric Wizard. Past releases such as “Come My Fanatics” and their generally regarded peak, “Dopethrone” slay the rest of the doom/stoner metal field. While recent albums such as “Let Us Prey” and “We Live” are outstanding works when compared to the hundreds of lacking bands in the genre, the new line-up (new from “We Live”) needed something to surge them back to old form. “Witchcult Today” does exactly that.
There is not a second wasted on “Witchcult Today”. Like “Dopethrone” and “Come My Fanatics” I can just spin the album without ever wanting to skip. The one-two punch of the title track and “Dunwich” is blistering, with the title track flowing through various powerful grooves, riffs and an infectious chorus. “Dunwich” picks up the pace a little, again blasting through superb riffs and another excellent vocal melody in the chorus. Thankfully the band decided to keep this relatively up-tempo song at a reasonable pace, something disregarded in the last two albums with two overly fast tracks that just sounded messy and out of place. Slow brooding doom is what the band does best, and it doesn’t get much better than “The Chosen Few”. The songs menaces its way classic EW riffs and culminates with a haunting vocal harmony laced with one of the album’s most infectious riffs. “Torquemada 71″ reminds me of “We Hate You” from “Dopethrone” thanks to its simplicity and resulting accessibility. My favourite riff on the album and an equally compelling chorus hook makes this song the album’s would-be lead single…would-be, if there was a popular chart for doom and stoner metal that is. After the atmospheric and often psychedelic flow of “Black Magic Rituals” the album closes with the excellent “Saturnine”, which thunders through a catchy main hook and ends with an all-out jam full of fuzzy soloing, trancelike sounds and atmospherics and of course a driving groove to earth it all.
This is exactly the album I wanted Electric Wizard to make. Gone are the questionable experiments, replaced by unapologetic, classic EW. Fans of the band’s old material should absolutely love this release. The doom masters are back!