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Electric Wizard

Often referred to as the "heaviest band in the universe," England's Electric Wizard have consistently redefined the preconceivedthresholdsofadetuned guitar chord with their peerless doom metal achievements -- this despite an often interpersonally troubled,ifmusicallytriumphant,career. Formed in darkest Dorset by vocalist/guitarist Justin Oborn (previously with Lords of Putrefaction), bassistTimBagshaw,anddrummer Mark Greening, and initially known as Thy Grief Eternal (briefer still, simply Eternal), Electric Wizard made theirdebutwith1993's"Demon Lung" single -- a split release with fellow ...read more

Often referred to as the "heaviest band in the universe," England's Electric Wizard have consistently redefined the preconceivedthresholdsofadetuned guitar chord with their peerless doom metal achievements -- this despite an often interpersonally troubled,ifmusicallytriumphant,career. Formed in darkest Dorset by vocalist/guitarist Justin Oborn (previously with Lords of Putrefaction), bassistTimBagshaw,anddrummer Mark Greening, and initially known as Thy Grief Eternal (briefer still, simply Eternal), Electric Wizard made theirdebutwith1993's"Demon Lung" single -- a split release with fellow doomsters Our Haunted Kingdom (who later evolved into OrangeGoblin).ReleasedbyCathedral linchpin Lee Dorrian's doom-specialized Rise Above Records, the single paved the way for Electric Wizard'seponymousdebut ayearlater, and, although it didn't quite revolutionize the genre (actually, it contained pretty standard doom fare for thetime), thealbum stillmade fora rather impressive start.

Released in 1996, sophomore album Come My Fanatics... was another matter entirely, however, effectively rewriting the doom rulebookwiththesheer volume and distortion contained in its planet-sized riffs, and rattling the underground metal scene to its core intheprocess.Unfortunately,its seismic aftershocks would also be felt by the members of Electric Wizard, who, due to various poorlyexplainedinjuries(Greening was dealt abroken arm, while Oborn first lost a fingertip in a domestic accident and, less surprisingly, latersuffered arupturedeardrum!), managed only aset of EPs -- 1997s Chrono.Naut and 1998's Supercoven -- in the next three years. Othersourcessuggested theband's absence had a lot more todo with crippling weed consumption and/or simple lack of motivation, but allspeculation wasdulyobliterated by the long-awaited arrival of theband's third magnum opus, 2000's superlative Dopethrone. Like itspredecessor four yearsprior,Dopethrone was a revelation in terms of absolutemass applied to amazingly memorable songwriting. In fact, it soeffortlessly bridgedthestylistic gaps between doom, sludge, stoner, horror, and,at times, even space metal, that 2002's unusually efficientlyrecorded follow-up,LetUs Prey, often felt like a collection of outtakes from it. Andyet, Let Us Prey was anything but a throwaway effort, andhelped furtherElectricWizard's cause worldwide even as the group was crumbling fromthe inside.

Tensions were mounting and the trio's ill-fated American tour that summer pushed the growing animosity between Oborn and hiscohortstothebreaking point, and their final date in Philadelphia was actually billed as Electric Wizard's farewell show. This, as it turned out,provedtobe apremature publicity stunt, but the band's next tour of the U.K. (in support of Cathedral) would see Greening replaced byformerIronMonkeydrummer Justin Greaves, and ended with Bagshaw's long-rumored departure as well. Curiously, he quickly reconnectedwithGreeningin a newgroup called Ramesses, while, for his part, Oborn took a few months off to ponder his next move. In time, he decidedtomoveforward with anew, expanded lineup featuring ex-13 and Sourvein guitarist Liz Buckingham, bassist Rob Al-Issa, andtheaforementionedGreaves, and thereborn Electric Wizard released their fifth full studio album in 2004's aptly named We Live. ElectricWizardhad anotherlineup change in 2006 whenGreaves was replaced by Shaun Rutter, who made his debut on their sixth album, 2007'sWitchcultToday. Themusical chairs would continue in2008 when Al-Issa left the band and was replaced by bassist Tas Danazoglou. With theirlineuponce againsolid, Electric Wizard released BlackMasses in 2010. Electric Wizard went through yet another lineup change in 2012 whenGlennCharmanand Simon Poole came on board to replaceTas and Rutter, respectively.

After an extensive tour to promote the recording, Oborn and Buckingham made more personnel changes and undertookrecordingsessionsattheir own studio. Original drummer Mark Greening was brought in to replace Poole. Charman left before the recordingsessionsbegan andOborn(under the moniker "Count Orloff), played bass in the studio. Shortly after completing the album, formally entitledTime toDie,Greening wasreplaced by a returning Poole. Time to Die was released in September of 2014. « hide

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LPs
Time to Die
2014

3.6
188 Votes
Black Masses
2010

3.6
310 Votes
Witchcult Today
2007

3.9
397 Votes
We Live
2004

3.6
196 Votes
Let Us Prey
2002

3.4
196 Votes
Dopethrone
2000

4.3
1,299 Votes
Come My Fanatics...
1997

4.2
566 Votes
Electric Wizard
1995

3.6
232 Votes
EPs
Legalise Drugs & Murder
03/31/2012

3.5
55 Votes
The Processean (Procession)
2008

3
1 Votes
Supercoven
1998

3.8
78 Votes
Chrono.Naut
1997

2.7
13 Votes
Compilations
Pre-Electric Wizard 1989–1994
2006

3.2
12 Votes

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