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Below is our complete Electric Wizard news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
A bunch of new bands have been announced for the 22nd edition of Brutal Assault, which takes place this year in Fortress Josefov near Jaromer in the Czech Republic on August 9-12. Returning once more are heavy-weights Hatebreed, who last graced the fortress stages in 2012 and 2013. This is reportedly in response to festival-goers requests for more hardcore in the line-up.
The Dillinger Escape Plan will be including the festival in their series of farewell dates. It looks like the band's appearance here won't be affected by the bus crash that caused some European tour dates to be cancelled last month. Dillinger last played Brutal Assault in 2015.
Thrash veterans Overkill, touring in support of their recently released 18th studio album, "The Grinding Wheel", have also been added. No stranger to the fortress stage, Overkill last appeared at the festival in 2013.
Helsinki's Wintersun are newcomers to Brutal Assault, appearing for the first time. Can we assume they will be playing material from their long-awaited third album? There's no official word as yet. More...
Psycho Las Vegas is a property-wide music festival taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26th - 28th, 2016.
Brought to you by the curators of Psycho California, the epic event will play host to nearly one-hundred acts from around the world with a heavy focus on riffs, doom, and psychedelia.
Highlights include Alice Cooper, Blue Öyster Cult, Converge, the return of Down, Drive Like Jehu, High On Fire, Sleep, Pentagram, Yob, exclusive 2016 US performances from both Electric Wizard and Candlemass, and so many more.
The fest will also include an interactive backlight chamber, a Boogie Van Blackjack Tournament, film screenings, DJ sets hosted by Scott Ian (Anthrax), Sean "Pellet" Pelletier (Last Days Here), J. Bennet (Ides Of Gemini), Evan Hagen (Psych LV/CA Curator), and Scott Carlson (Rise Above Records) as well as the Psycho Pool Party kick off at the Paradise Pool Stage on August 25th. More...
Spinefarm Records just revealed today that Electric Wizard is working on a ninth studio album, with delivery expected in time for a Halloween 2016 release. Spinefarm comments:
"This is all the information available. The whereabouts of the band and the recording / mixing details are not currently known, but more news should follow in due course..."
This new offering will be the follow-up to 2014's "Time to Die" and will be the second release on the band's Witchfinder Records imprint, the result of a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.
According to Spinefarm, "'Time to Die' effectively closed the lid on a particular part of the band's career, and this new album will represent a fresh turn of the turf..."
Until that time, get your fix of pure evil at this upcoming live show:
08/26/16 - Psycho Las Vegas, Las Vegas, US
Virginia-based outfit Satan’s Satyrs - featuring Electric Wizard bassist & vocalist Clayton Burgess - premieres a new song entitled "You-Know-Who", taken from the brand new album "Don’t Deliver Us", out in stores now via Bad Omen Records.
Check out now "You-Know-Who" below.
With The Dead premieres its brand new music video for "Crown Of Burning Stars" from the group’s self-titled debut album, which comes out today via Rise Above Records. The band consists of former Cathedral vocalist Lee Dorrian and ex-Electric Wizard members Tim Bagshaw and Mark Greening.
You can now check out "Crown Of Burning Stars" below.
Spinefarm Records has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming Electric Wizard tour dates:
"Here’s huge news that will delight doom fans all over the U.S. English doom haulers Electric Wizard, who are one of the biggest, if not the biggest doom band in the world, will embark on a U.S. tour in 2015. It is the first time that the band will touch down on U.S. soil to tour in 12 years.
"Yes, it’s been a long time since Electric Wizard have toured here, but they are decidedly worth the wait. Support will come from Satan's Satyrs, featuring Wizard bassist Clayton Burgess.
"The band will tour in support of 'Time to Die,' the 2014-released opus, which came out via Spinefarm Records and was universally praised as one of the band’s best. The tour launches March 31 in Philadelphia and runs through April 19 in Los Angeles." More...
Belgium's Desertfest, set to take place in Antwerp this coming October, has checked in with the following update about confirming new names:
"How about some new names to start the weekend right? Joining us on October 10-12th will be Karma To Burn, Valley of the Sun, Lecherous Gaze and The Picturebooks! To find out what day each band is playing, take a look at our line up page!"
The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
U.K. stoner/doom act Electric Wizard released a music video for the new track "I Am Nothing." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Time to Die...," which is set for release on September 30, 2014 via Spinefarm Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location.
The track listing for "Time to Die..." is:
1. Incense for the Damned
2. Time to Die
3. I Am Nothing
4. Destroy Those Who Love God
5. Funeral of Your Mind
6. We Love The Dead
8. Lucifer's Slave
9. Saturn Dethroned More...
The Belgian Desertfest organizers have checked in with the following update about confirming new bands for the 2014 bill:
"We are so excited to announce the latest set of bands to grace the bill of Desertfest Belgium! Get ready for Fu Manchu, Jex Thoth, The Shrine, Dirty Fences, and David Celia! Check them out from October 10th - 12th at Trix, Antwerp!
"That being said, get ready to dig into your pockets, on July 15th day passes will be on sale. The day by day program will be announced on that day as well!
"Those traveling from abroad, there's still some tickets left with accommodation at Tulip Inn Antwerp!"
The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.
The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:
Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end
Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...
The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have announced that they have had to cancel this years event, which was set to feature headline performances from KISS, Faith No More and Queen + Adam Lambert, amongst others. The statement from the organisers reads as follows:
"It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.
"Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar. Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect. More...
The Soggy Bog has posted its most recent #66 podcast on the theme of HP Lovecraft, which you may stream over at this location. A list of the 26 artists streaming in the podcast follows below, with background music from the album "Dead but Dreaming" by Subterrestrial providing the audio backdrop.
“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” H.P. Lovecraft More...
British doom metal legends Electric Wizard have announced that they have begun writing new material for what will become the band's next album, their first since last year's, "Black Masses." In a statement on their official Facebook page, the band said:
"Electric Wizard have begun work on the follow-up to last years evil opus 'Black Masses.' Material has been demoed at a secret location and was so 'malevolent and foreboding' that 2 tracks will see the light of day as a 7" EP scheduled for release at the forthcoming London Forum show on March 31st. The show will also feature previews of the new songs and (at last!) specially filmed sequences for the video show and more to be announced......"
Some bands are almost essential to their respective genres. If one likes thrash metal, there's a better chance than not that the same person will be an Exodus fan. If one likes grindcore, it's extremely likely they will also be a fan of Napalm Death and if one is a fan of doom metal, it's safe to say that Electric Wizard is somewhere in their CD collection. Rightfully so too, as they have released some of the best tunes not only in doom, but all of heavy metal. The band was formed in the market town of Wimborne, Dorset in 1993 by guitarist Jus Oborn after he left the band Eternal, joined in the venture by bass player Tim Bagshaw and drummer Mark Greening. After slugging it out in the live scene for two years, Electric Wizard were able to bag themselves a record deal with Rise Above Records, the label owned by Cathedral frontman Lee Dorrian. They soon released their self-titled, debut album which followed the traditional doom metal style, but was met with many positive reviews. They followed the record shortly afterwards by releasing, "Demon Lung," a split single which was shared with a band named, Our Haunted Kingdom, who themselves have now become a stoner metal favourite, though they are more recognised by their current name, Orange Goblin.
In January 1997, the group marked a milestone in their career when they released their second album, "Come My Fanatics..." which is today considered one of the best albums in the history of doom metal. "Fanatics..." was also labeled by many as one of the heaviest albums released in the 1990s and was followed by a slew of singles and EPs. This time of the band was not met without controversy. Guitarist and singer Oborn was arrested for possession of cannabis, as well as encountering health issues when he was hit by a collapsed eardrum and severed a fingertip in a DIY accident. Oborn was not the only member to have a run in with the law, as Bagshaw was arrested for armed robbery and Greening also found himself in trouble after he was charged with assaulting a police officer. Nevertheless, Electric Wizard arguably outdid themselves in the year 2000 when they released their third album, "Dopethrone." "Dopethrone" was instantly hailed as a masterpiece, with many today ranking it as one of, and in the case of Terrorizer magazine, the best album of the 2000s. The record saw the band adopt a more aggressive tone, leaving behind some of their psychedelic sounds in the process. More...
The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)
Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.
Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK) will be making an exclusive U.S. appearance at Maryland Deathfest X. Also newly confirmed for the festival, slated to take place May 24-27, 2012, are CONFESSOR, HAEMORRHAGE (Spain), and OCTOBER 31. The confirmed bands so far are:
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK)
CHURCH OF MISERY (Japan)
THE DEVIL'S BLOOD (Netherlands)
NEGURA BUNGET (Romania)
TODAY IS THE DAY
ULCERATE (New Zealand)
THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING (Australia)
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT (UK)
AGENTS OF ABHORRENCE (Australia)
Being awoken by drunks at a festival is to be expected, being awoken by rain, was not. The second day of the Graspop Metal Meeting was considerably more dreary than the first when it came to weather, but just like the first day, there was still a fantastic lineup of metal to look forward to.
After deciding to stick around in the campsites for a little while, we headed into the main area to be greeted by the frustrating news that tonight's headliner, Ozzy Osbourne, has cancelled his performance due to laryngitis. Instead, second from top Judas Priest would be taking over the headlining position with an extended two hour set and Belgian metal veterans Channel Zero would be stepping in to fill the empty slot, bumping Whitesnake up the bill in the process.
Although we missed the first couple of bands on saturday, we arrived with plenty of time to catch the second band on the main stage, Italian gothic rockers Lacuna Coil. The band performed a solid set with material which focused mostly on their last three albums, "Comalies," "Karmacode" and "Shallow Life" and were on fine form. Although singer Cristina Scabbia receives much of the attention lavished on the band, her singing partner Andrea Ferro also deserves a huge amount of recognition, as both singers voices sounded absolutely perfect. The fans were clearly enjoying it too, otherwise they wouldn't have stayed throughout the entire set in the miserable weather, not just bearing the climate, but singing along and raising their hands too. Scabbia carried herself on stage with a real ballsy attitude, the kind that shows just how well women really can fit into rock and metal music, and was able to coax the crowd into singing as loud as they could for the Depeche Mode cover, "Enjoy The Silence." I must say there were a few songs I was hoping it would be included in the set that weren't, most notably, "Swamped," but nevertheless, they were still a captivating live spectacle and disappointed no-one.
It would then be a while before I was to catch another set in full, having only caught a few songs from Kylesa in one of the Marquees to avoid the rain and watching the first song from Greek power metal outfit Firewind before deciding it was time to eat. In any case, we made sure we were in Marquee 1 with plenty of time to spare to catch Triptykon, one of the main reasons I wanted to return to Graspop. Following their chilling, "Crucifixus" intro, the band broke into the Celtic Frost classic, "Procreation Of The Wicked." The song went down a storm but in all honesty, took some time to recognise as it has become a much slower and more doom metal laden affair than what is heard on the "Morbid Tales" album. It was truely a thrill to see Tom G. Warrior back on stage, displaying the dark intensity that has made him such a popular figure in metal music for almost three decades. He wasn't the only notable member of the band too, as Dark Fortress guitarist V. Santura was able to perform with total accuracy and bassist Vanja Slajh showed everyone that she has a mesmerising stage presence too. After "Procreation..." the band busted out one of their own tracks in the form of "Eparistera Daimones" opener, "Goetia," before heading back into more familiar territory with another Celtic Frost song, this time "Circle Of The Tyrants." Warrior thanked the fans afterwards, displaying the utmost sincerity and grattitude for the warm welcome the audience had given Triptykon, before launching into another Frost staple, "Babylon Fell." Only four songs into the set and it was time for the last, in this case, Triptykon's album closer, "The Prolonging." It takes some balls to perform a twenty minute song at a festival and it takes alot of musicianship and charisma to keep the crowd interested, which is exactly what they did. "The Prolonging" is clearly a song the group are very proud of, as performing it meant that they had to cut out other brilliant songs both of their own and the Frost catalogue. Having seen Celtic Frost before, I can say that seeing Triptykon is as close as one can get but with the added bonus of their own, outstanding material. I eagerly await seeing them again. More...
The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...
The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
The Black Dahlia Murder