ARTIST: Electric Wizard
TITLE: Electric Wizard
YEAR RELEASED: 1995
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Doubt it.
LINEUP: Jus Oborn, Tim Bagshaw, Mark Greening
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album from the UK doom / stoner metal band is doomy and detuned.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Guitars, detuned. Tempos, slow. Riffs, mighty. This follows modern doom / stoner metal’s playbook to a T.
Even though it’s their debut, they come at it fully formed, with all of the sludge you need if you’ve worn out your early Black Sabbath records. The vocals aren’t a shriek, but more of a lazy, clear tone. The lyrics feature the usual tropes – fantasy, the occult, black magic. You know the drill.
The length of the songs tends to wear out the listener, so even with the great title cut (for both the band and album) closing it, you’re worn out by then. Still, a decent debut.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The original Amon Duul’s recordings were unprofessional and only released after Amon Duul II were notable.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Leader Jus Oborn’s first band was Lord of Putrefaction
GRADE: B+: A good debut for the sludgy doomers – you’ll love it if you dig that.