Comment @ Scandals
02 October 2008
Electric Wizard are a bit of a British doom standard bearer. Their new album, Witchcult Today, possesses the sort of riffs that would make Tony Iommi smile in brotherly admiration, and all the time soaking them in the kind of fuzzing that would make Kyuss and My Bloody Valentine proud. The opening title track feels like it could fit onto Kyuss’s stoner rock masterpiece Welcome to Sky Valley, and it’s only the beginning of a winding, psychedelic journey through a smoky tunnel with only a pipe and a set of Sabbathian riffs to guide you. The great thing about Electric Wizard is that, even though they are doom, and to be honest one of the best sound indicators of what a doom record sounds like, it never sounds overly depressing. In fact, the spread of obscure occult references, the tendency to rely on the use of the word ‘dopesmoke’ in every song and the tale of a weed powered vampire (’The Satanic Rites of Drugula’) make this album somewhat uplifting, the most prime example is the catchy ‘Dunwich’. Drenching it in a pure Seventies atmosphere (see ‘Torquemada 71′) takes it back to its spiritual home alongside Black Sabbath, if of course viewed through a cloud of smoke, and the psychedelic influence is only heightened by tracks like the shimmering ‘Raptus’ and the rumbling ‘The Chosen Few’. The whole album is a triumph for doom fans everywhere, the legacy of crushing albums like ‘Come My Fanatics’ and ‘Dopethrone’ has been continued here, and for you non doomers out there, its just a devastatingly heavy album full of hooks, fuzz, dope and riffs. What more could you want?