|Ah, the mighty Electric Wizard; without a doubt the quintessential smoked up, retro doom band. This is their third outing, on Lee Dorrian's Rise Above records, and what a third outing it is! After changing their sound somewhat (or immensely, depending on your view point) after their 1995 self title released, they released 'Come My Fanatics...' the following year, which is one of the single best examples of what excruciatingly slow, magnificent doom really is. Well, any fans of that release will not be disappointed here, for 'Dopethrone' picks up where 'Come My Fanatics...' left off.|
Leading off with the absolutely crushing 'Vinum Sabbathi', the 'Wizards shotgun eight amazing tracks down your throat. They have managed to build up an all-envelopping wave of sound with their sludgey, lethargic, monolithic, de-tuned riffing, which reeks of Black Sabbath and (ancient) Cathedral, not to mention the distorted, grizzly vocals of Jus Osborn. Combining unabashed, '70s retro riffing with some of the absolute slowest, heaviest doom imaginable, they are truly one of the most jaw-dropping bands ever to trip across a mushroom-riddled, weed-hazed cemetery.
They do not drop jaws with overly-technical compositions or blazingly fast, relentless drumming, mind you; they drop jaws with the sheer power contained in their songs. However, Electric Wizard is far from a one-trick pony: the fifteen minute, three-part 'Weird Tales' (inspired by the early 1900s comic of the same name) is a spaced-out, sonically destructive jam session full of ominous, quasi-apocalyptic vibes.
Simply put, if you didn't salivate over their previous effort, and scoff at Saint Vitus's earliest works, just back off. Otherwise, pick this up, it'll have you happily (or drearily) reaching for your bong in minutes.
1. Vinum Sabbathi
3. Weird Tales
- Electric Frost
- Altar of Melektaus
5. I, the Witchfinder
6. The Hills Have Eyes
7. We Hate You
Duration : Approx. 71 minutes
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