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Electric Wizard

Formed: 1993
From: Dorsetshire, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

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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.

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Electric Wizard Posts New Single Online

U.K. traditional doom metal act Electric Wizard has posted its new single "Black Mass" online for streaming. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming studio album "Black Masses" which is set for release in North America through Metal Blade Records. You can listen to "Black Mass" below:

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Triptykon Confirmed For Graspop 2011

Triptykon, the band featuring former Celtic Frost and Hellhammer leader Tom G. Warrior, has been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, which will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 24th-26th. The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Electric Wizard Confirmed For Asymmetry Festival

Electric Wizard has confirmed their appearance at Asymmetry Festival III (29.04-03.05.2011). This will be the only show of the British group in Poland. Electric Wizard, fronted by the guitarist and singer Jus Oborn, has been recording albums for almost 20 years. Their most recent release, entitled “Black Masses” was released in Europe in November by Rise Above Records and is slated for a January 18th North American release via Metal Blade.

Other acts confirmed so far are The Secret, Oranssi Pazuzu, Julie Christmas, Kokomo and Lloyd Turner. More bands are still to be announced.

Asymmetry Festival is organized by the Centre for Artistic Activities “Firlej.” Artists such as Minsk, Baroness, Jesu, Kylesa, Esoteric, Jarboe, Dalek, and many others, visited Firlej during the previous editions of the event. The main aim of the festival is presenting nontrivial artists, drawing from the traditions of rock, metal, electronic music, who surpass the borders set by these genres.

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Rob Zombie And More Added To Graspop 2011

The organisers of the Graspop Metal Meeting, the largest heavy metl festival in Belgium, has announced several more bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed acts are Rob Zombie, Whitesnake, Journey, Foreigner, Suicide Silence, Firewind, Ghost, All That Remains, Escape The Fate and FM.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Sepultura And More Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organisers of Graspop Metal Meeting, the biggest heavy metal festival in Belgium, has announced several more bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed acts are Sepultura, Iced Earth, Terror, Arch Enemy and Soilwork. The festival will take place in Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Scorpions (Headliner)
Iced Earth
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Heaven Shall Burn
Angel Witch
The Black Dahlia Murder
Revoker More...

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Electric Wizard Reveals Release Date For New Album

U.K traditional doom metal act Electric Wizard has revealed the North American release date for its forthcoming studio album. The seventh studio album from the band, titled "Black Masses," is set for release in North America on January 18, 2011 through Rise Above Records.

Here is the "Black Masses" tracklisting:
1. Black Mass
2. Venus in Furs
3. Night Child
4. Patterns of Evil
5. Satyr IX
6. Turn Off Your Mind
7. Scorpio Curse
8. Crypt of Drugula

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Metal Hammer To Release Three Tribute Albums

Britains Metal Hammer magazine has announced that they will be releasing three tribute albums later this year, to celebrate the anniversarys of some of the biggest albums in metal and hard rock. A Black Sabbath tribute album will be released to celebrate fourty years since the band released their debut record and will feature performances from Electric Wizard, Turisas and Apocalyptica, who have confirmed that they will be covering the song, "Spiral Architect."

The magazine will also pay tribute to AC/DC's "Back In Black" album, which was originally released in 1980 and will include covers by Steel Panther and Skindred amongst others. Skindred has revealed that they will be covering the song, "Back In Black."

To complete the trilogy, a tribute album of Judas Priest songs will be issued to celebrate thirty years since the band broke into the mainstream with "British Steel." White Wizzard have been confirmed for the CD, as have Trigger The Bloodshed, who will be performing a rendition of the song, "Rapid Fire."

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Dark Castle Announces European Tour Dates

Florida doom metal band DARK CASTLE will be performing at this year's SXSW, as the band will take part in showcases sponsored by 20 Buck Spin/Profound Lore, BrooklynVegan, Chronic Youth and more.

DARK CASTLE have also secured a supporting slot on Kylesa's Spring European tour, which plows through France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Finland and Norway, with appearances at several festivals including Metalorgie (France), Impetus (Switzerland) and Asymetry Festival (Poland). The tour will share the stage with Shrinebuilder, Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, Electric Wizard and more along the way.

DARK CASTLE SXSW 2010 tour dates are as follows:

3/17/2010 Emo’s - Austin, TX
Brooklyn Vegan showcase w/ Torche, The Atlas Moth, Withered

3/18/2010 East End Tattoo - Austin, TX
Chronic Youth showcase w/ The Atlas Moth

3/19/2010 Headhunter's - Austin, TX
Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin showcase w/ White Mice, Liturgy, Salome, Coffinworm, Yakuza, The Atlas Moth, The Endless Blockade and more

3/20/2010 Plush - Austin, TX
Giant Steps Productions showcase w/ Irepress, Battlefields, Caspian and more

DARK CASTLE European tour w/ Kylesa:
4/07/2010 Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
4/08/2010 Nantes, France - Metalorgie Festival w/ Baroness
4/09/2010 Santana 27 - Bilbao, Spain
4/10/2010 Porto Rio - Porto, Portugal
4/11/2010 Ritmo & Compas - Madrid, Spain
4/12/2010 Be Cool - Barcelona, Spain
4/13/2010 Le Confort Moderne - Poitiers, France
4/14/2010 Le Grand Mix - Lille, France
4/16/2010 L’autre Canal - Nancy, France
4/17/2010 Impetus Festival - Lausanne, Switzerland w/ Eyehategod
4/18/2010 Grnd Zero Vaise - Lyon, France
4/20/2010 La Maroquenerie - Paris, France w/ Shrinebuilder
4/21/2010 Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany w/ Shrinebuilder, Eyehategod
4/22/2010 Covo - Bologna, Italy
4/23/2010 Bloom - Mezzago - Italy w/ Shrinebuilder
4/24/2010 Kapu - Linz, Austria
4/25/2010 Sfentona Club - Athens, Greece
4/27/2010 Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
4/28/2010 The Garage - Oslo, Norway
4/30/2010 Asymetry Festival - Wroclaw, Poland w/ Electric Wizard, Shrinebuilder, Zu, Nachtmystium
5/01/2010 Ucho - Gdynia, Poland
5/02/2010 Archiv - Potsdam, Germany

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Life Of Agony To Headline Damnation Festival

New York crossover legends Life Of Agony will be heading to the United Kingdom for the first time in four years this October to headling the Jager stage at the Damnation Festival which takes place on October 24th at the Leeds University.

Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Landing a headliner of Life of Agony’s stature is a major coup and the fact it’s the first time they’ll play the UK in four years, makes it all the more special.

"After playing some off the biggest and most respected rock and metal events across Europe this summer, they’ll fly in from New York for this one-off performance and we’re delighted to host what is sure to be a special show."

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Whiplash Confirmed For Jalometalli Festival 2009

Reunited New Jersey thrashers WHIPLASH have completed tracking the much anticipated "Unborn Again" full-length album at Mozart Studio with world-renowned engineer / producer Harris Johns (Sodom, Kreator, Helloween, Sepultura, etc) and are set to fly to Berlin on April 13, 2009 where the mixing and mastering process will take place at Spiderhouse Studio.

The album artwork and final tracklisting will be announced shortly.

In other news, WHIPLASH has been confirmed for this year's Jalometalli Metal music festival, set to take place August 14-15, 2009 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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Tyrant Scheduled For Hole In The Sky Festival

Swedish cult Metallers TYRANT are set to appear at the upcoming annual Hole In The Sky Festival happening from August 27th - 30th, 2008 in Bergen, Norway.

Here's the itinerary:

Wednesday 27/8 - Skinned Alive @ Garage
Toxic Holocaust

Thursday 28/8 - Metal Command @ Garage
3 Inches of Blood
Dead to This World
Lobotomized More...

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Electric Wizard Pull Out Of Roadburn Festival

British doom veterans ELECTRIC WIZARD have been forced to cancel their previously announced appearance at the Roadburn festival — which will take place April 17-20 at 013 in Tilburg, the Netherlands — due to a "family" matter. They have since been replace by WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, who will perform a one-off show at Roadburn 2008.

Commented ELECTRIC WIZARD's Justin Oborn: "We regret to announce that ELECTRIC WIZARD will not be able to perform at Roadburn festival this year. Unfortunately due to an unforeseen and unavoidable situation, of a personal nature — which we had no idea would arise when we agreed to play last August — it has now become impossible for us to be at Roadburn. This cancellation is not something that we want to do and we wish to apologise to all our fans and all at Roadburn, especially Walter, and we hope that this awesome festival will be the huge success it deserves to be. We will be rescheduling our performance for September 12th, 2008 again at the 013 venue."

ELECTRIC WIZARD's sixth full-length studio album, "Witchcult Today", was released in November via Rise Above Records. Recorded and produced by Liam Watson (WHITE STRIPES, DATSUNS) at London's legendary Toerag studios, initial CD copies came in foil gatefold LP replica, with a double vinyl version foil sleeve also available.

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Kruger Comment On Roadburn Confirmation

Swiss rockers KRUGER were recently confirmed for the 13th Roadburn festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. They’ll be sharing the bill with CELTIC FROST as main headliner on Saturday, April 19th, 2008.

Kruger vocalist Reno comments: “We're actually totally, absolutely, excited to play one on Europe's fiercest festivals! I heard so many enthusiastic comments about the atmosphere and spirit of Roadburn that we look forward to hitting the road to Tilburg! Besides, the rest of the bill on our show date could be worse - have look : Swiss godfathers Celtic Frost, ISIS, CULT OF LUNA, CEPHALIC CARNAGE and ELECTRIC WIZARD."

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Electric Wizard Post New Song Online

A new ELECTRIC WIZARD song, entitled "The Chosen Few", has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The track comes off the British doom veterans' sixth full-length studio album, "Witchcult Today", which is scheduled for release in Europe on November 12 via Rise Above Records (November 20 in the U.S.). Recorded and produced by Liam Watson (WHITE STRIPES, DATSUNS) at London's legendary Toerag studios, initial CD copies will come in foil gatefold LP replica, with a double vinyl version foil sleeve also available (first 125 copies will come with exclusive free poster and patch and will be up for pre-order on the Rise Above web site). The track listing as follows:

01. Witchcult Today
02. Dunwich
03. Satanic Rites Of Drugula
04. Raptus
05. The Chosen Few
06. Torquemada 71
07. Black Magic Rituals & Perversions
08. Saturnine

The band will make its debut appearances in Japan with three shows in November. They are also confirmed to play next year's Roadburn Festival in Holland.

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Isis Confirmed For Roadburn Festival

Post-metal icons ISIS have been confirmed as the headliner of the Friday Roadburn Festival date — April 18, 2008 — at the 013 Club in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Currently celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band, the Boston-to-Los Angeles transplants will help fans take part in their milestone anniversary by releasing their entire catalog in one deluxe 12 vinyl-LP box set, and their headlining slot at Roadburn 2008.

Throughout the years, ISIS have maintained their position in the vanguard of post-metal by consistently exploding the idiomatic strictures that have defined heavy music with each successive release. Roadburn reveres ISIS and feel they warrant discussion alongside such established pioneers as NEUROSIS and CELTIC FROST.

Roadburn Festival organizers have also announced that Swiss post-metal stalwarts KRUGER will play the Saturday Roadburn date — April 19, 2008.

The 13th annual Roadburn Festival will take place April 18-19, 2008. Also scheduled to appear on the Friday Roadburn date are WITCHCRAFT, TONY MCPHEE'S GROUNDHOGS, BABY WOODROSE, DANAVA, MOS GENERATOR, BLOOD OF THE SUN, GENTLEMAN'S PISTOLS, LA IRA DE DIOS, ZONE SIX and CHURCH OF MISERY, among others.

Seminal avant-garde/metal pioneers CELTIC FROST are confirmed as the main headliners, playing Saturday, April 19, 2008. YEAR OF NO LIGHT, ELECTRIC WIZARD, CULT OF LUNA, ACID MOTHERS GURU, THE HEADS, KONGH, LESBIAN, MY SLEEPING KARMA, ELECTRIC ORANGE and NADJA, amongst others, will also play the Saturday Roadburn date.

There will also be two additional dates added to Roadburn 2008: Thursday, April 17 [Roadburn's Pre-heat], and Sunday, April 20 [Roadburn's Afterburner — Kentucky's THE GLASSPACK will play an exclusive show, making their European debut]. The Roadburn Festival is currently talking to David Tibet/CURRENT 93 about a very special curated evening at the festival's main-hall on the Sunday, April, 2008. More info will follow shortly.

Originally a spin-off of the Roadburn web site, the Roadburn Festival has emerged as an event in its own right — it was even nominated for the prestigious "Festival Of The Year" award in the Netherlands this year. Roadburn brings together bands, fans and media from around the world. Despite its international acclaim, Roadburn retains an underground vibe and ethics, but with seriously big-league production values.

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Electric Wizard To Release Sixth Album In November

UK doom act ELECTRIC WIZARD are ready to issue their sixth full-length studio album titled Witchcult Today. Recorded and produced by Liam Watson (WHITE STRIPES, DATSUNS) at London's legendary Toerag studio's, the album will be released on November 12th in Europe and the 20th in North America via Rise Above Records. Initial CD copies will come in foil Gatefold LP replica, with a double vinyl version foil sleeve also (first 125 copies will come with exclusive free poster and patch and will be up for pre-order on the Rise Above website within the next week or so.

Tracklisting as follows: Witchcult Today', 'Dunwich', 'Satanic Rites Of Drugula', 'Raptus', 'The Chosen Few', 'Torquemada 71', 'Black Magic Rituals & Perversions/Saturnine'.

The band make their debut appearances in Japan with three shows in November and are now also confirmed to play next years Roadburn

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Electric Wizard Complete New Album

British doom veterans ELECTRIC WIZARD have completed work on their new album, entitled "Witchcult Today". According to the band, the CD contains "eight tracks of mind-melting occult rock." The album will feature an "awesome chrome gatefold cover with full-color inserts exposing the sinister world of 'witchcult today'." Among the cuts set for inclusion on the LP is a 20-minute organ-led epic entitled "Black Magic Rituals and Perversions".

On the subject of the studio used during the recording sessions for the new CD, the group previously said, "It's totally authentic 60's recording studio just like SABBATH would have recorded — absolutley no modern shit at all. It's a real honor to be able to record here and to work with people who understand our sound and equipment."

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Unearthly Trance Announce European Tour

New York City’s UNEARTHLY TRANCE has announced a month-long European tour with special guests RAMESSES (ex-ELECTRIC WIZARD). This tour will kick-off in September in Antwerp, Belgium and is being sponsored by Ashdown Engineering and Jagermeister. A listing of Unearthly Trance tour dates can be found below with more to be announced shortly.

Here are the Unearthly Trance tour dates:

16 - New York, NY - Club Midway (with Minsk, Rwake, Made Out Of Babies)
21 - Smithtown, NY - Smithtown Masonic Temple (benefit show with Deathcycle)

September (European Tour with special guests Ramesses)
6 - Antwerp, Belgium - Scheld'Apen
7 - Hoogeveen, NL - Het Podium
8 - Spremberg, Germany - JC Erebos
9 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
10 - Oslo, Norway - Garage (+ Suma)
11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser (+ Suma)
12 - Malmo, Sweden - KNASTER (+ Suma)
13 - Rostock, Germany - Jaz (+ Suma)
14 - Leipzig, Germany - Zoro
16 - Paris, France - La Gambetta
17 - Cherbourg, France - L'Epicentre
18 - Colchester, UK - Arts Centre
19 - Manchester, UK - Star & Garter
20 - Newcastle, UK - Trillians
23 - London, UK - The Barfly (with special guests Gallhammer) More...

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Cathedral To Tour Europe After All

After calling off the previosuly announced fall/winter European tour, England's doom masters CATHEDRAL will return to the road in February! Joining them will be ELECTRIC WIZARD and GRAND MAGUS featuring SPIRITUAL BEGGARS lead singer JB.

Here's the list of confirmed dates:

06.02.2006 Germany, Berlin @ Knaack
13.02.2006 Germany, Hamburg @ Molotow
14.02.2006 Germany, München @ Backstage
20.02.2006 Germany, Köln @ Underground
21.02.2006 Germany, Bochum @ Matrix (tickets: 16,00 € advance/ 19,00 € door order tickets)

Ticket prices range from 13€ to 19€.

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