|Being new to the wizard thing, I do not know much about Electric Wizard's older works. I have heard a few songs now and again, but not enough to compare this album with. Therefore, I judge this album by itself, without taking into account the band's history and reputation.|
The review then. 'Let Us Prey' is a very decent piece of trippy doom metal. Slow and easygoing at times and driven and groovy at others. For me, this album isn't meant to listen to thoroughly; it is rather a nice soundtrack for other activities, be it tripping or hanging in the couch or whatever. Electric Wizard create a groovy atmosphere that is nice to go along to.
'A Chosen Few' is a very straightforward 'Wizard song, with the grooving guitars and spacy vocals. 'We, The Undead' is even groovier still, and pretty uptempo. 'Master Of Alchemy' is my favorite of the album. It is a 9 minute long instrumental consisting of about two riffs. This sounds boring maybe, but combined with the great solo's and groove, it is worth the while. The second riff of the song (the black drug, probably) is particularly great, in my opinion. 'The Outsider' is, like the first song, another basic stoner doom song. 'Night Of The Shape', however is a more obscure and trippy track, featuring a piano and a pretty screwed up violin. I think this album could have done with more of this kind of experiments, as most of the other songs aren't very spectacular or renewing. The last song, 'Priestess Of Mars', is the best of the traditional songs. As the singer said at their show I had been to, "It's a song about Martian chicks". Be it or not, the song itself is nice and slow, even relaxed. A good finisher for an OK album.
To conclude, 'Let Us Prey' isn't the most original album, but Electric Wizard puts down some decent heavy music, that should appeal to any fan of the band or of stoner doom in general.
1. A Chosen Few
2. We, The Undead
3. Master Of Alchemy
a. House Of Whipcord
b. The Black Drug
4. The Outsider
5. Night Of The Shape
6. Priestess Of Mars
Duration : Approx. 44 minutes
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