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Electric Wizard - "Wizard Bloody Wizard" (CD)

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"Wizard Bloody Wizard" track listing:

1. See You in Hell
2. Necromania
3. Here the Sirens Scream
4. The Reaper
5. Wicked Caresses
6. Mourning of the Magicians

Reviewed by on November 17, 2017

"Electric Wizard just released their most compelling and pungent album to date."

When one of the most influential doom/stoner metal bands of our generation shifts gears musically for their latest offering, “Wizard Bloody Wizard,” you can bet your Ouija board there’s going to be some grumbling. You know what? I bet you a Tony Iommi Signature SG that Electric Wizard doesn’t give a fuck what their fans (or non-fans for that matter) think. In fact, you can probably just assume that Electric Wizard is never going to release a “Dopethrone II.” It’s not happening. Never. However, what did happen is that they just released their most compelling and pungent album to date.

There’s always a tipping point for successful bands when a noticeable change is made during the song writing process. Maybe the band feels that they’re in a creative slump, or perhaps a new member or members have joined the band recently. Or, maybe they’ve just been on a Blue Oyster Cult kick lately. Who knows if any of these are plausible reasons for the change of tune for Electric Wizard on “Wizard Bloody Wizard,” but I guarantee that they’ll still pack venues and they’ll still continue to wear the crown as the most popular and respected stoner/doom metal band to date besides Sleep.

The most obvious change in sound is best demonstrated in the lead track, “See You in Hell.” There’s a little bit of Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly and Blue Oyster Cult swirled throughout the track but in the end, it bleeds the signature Electric Wizard Hi-Fi sound. “Necromania” is also a departure from the Electric Wizard of the past few albums with almost, dare I say, a Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats feel to it. My favorite track without a doubt is “Mourning of the Magicians.” To my Electric Wizard worship ears, this is probably the closest they’ve been to the “Come My Fanatics” sound in a long time. The chorus is super catchy and the bass line backing it is the devil in the details.

Even though this change of sound might alarm some Electric Wizard die-hards, I wouldn’t fret. To me it just feels like they wanted to do something out of their comfort zone and it worked for them. If you didn’t enjoy “Wizard Blood Wizard,” well, you’ll just have to wait for the return trip…

Highs: Are you kidding me??? Electric Wizard is responsible for many “highs.”

Lows: There’s only 6 tracks.

Bottom line: Bands get bored with their sound, they change things up sometimes to the chagrin of their longtime fans. Such is the case with “Wizard Bloody Wizard.”

Rated 4 out of 5 skulls
4 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)