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Electric Wizard

Often referred to as the "heaviest band in the universe," England's Electric Wizard have consistently redefined the preconceived thresholdsofadetuned 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), bassist TimBagshaw,anddrummer Mark Greening, and initially known as Thy Grief Eternal (briefer still, simply Eternal), Electric Wizard made their debutwith1993's"Demon Lung" single -- a split release with fe ...read more

Often referred to as the "heaviest band in the universe," England's Electric Wizard have consistently redefined the preconceived thresholdsofadetuned 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), bassist TimBagshaw,anddrummer Mark Greening, and initially known as Thy Grief Eternal (briefer still, simply Eternal), Electric Wizard made their debutwith1993's"Demon Lung" single -- a split release with fellow doomsters Our Haunted Kingdom (who later evolved into Orange Goblin).ReleasedbyCathedral linchpin Lee Dorrian's doom-specialized Rise Above Records, the single paved the way for Electric Wizard's eponymousdebut ayearlater, and, although it didn't quite revolutionize the genre (actually, it contained pretty standard doom fare for the time), thealbum stillmade fora rather impressive start.

Released in 1996, sophomore album Come My Fanatics... was another matter entirely, however, effectively rewriting the doom rule bookwiththesheer volume and distortion contained in its planet-sized riffs, and rattling the underground metal scene to its core in theprocess.Unfortunately,its seismic aftershocks would also be felt by the members of Electric Wizard, who, due to various poorly explainedinjuries(Greening was dealt abroken arm, while Oborn first lost a fingertip in a domestic accident and, less surprisingly, later suffered arupturedeardrum!), managed only aset of EPs -- 1997s Chrono.Naut and 1998's Supercoven -- in the next three years. Other sourcessuggested theband's absence had a lot more todo with crippling weed consumption and/or simple lack of motivation, but all speculation wasdulyobliterated by the long-awaited arrival of theband's third magnum opus, 2000's superlative Dopethrone. Like its predecessor four yearsprior,Dopethrone was a revelation in terms of absolutemass applied to amazingly memorable songwriting. In fact, it so effortlessly bridgedthestylistic gaps between doom, sludge, stoner, horror, and,at times, even space metal, that 2002's unusually efficiently recorded follow-up,LetUs Prey, often felt like a collection of outtakes from it. Andyet, Let Us Prey was anything but a throwaway effort, and helped 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 his cohortstothebreaking 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 by formerIronMonkeydrummer Justin Greaves, and ended with Bagshaw's long-rumored departure as well. Curiously, he quickly reconnected withGreeningin a newgroup called Ramesses, while, for his part, Oborn took a few months off to ponder his next move. In time, he decided tomoveforward with anew, expanded lineup featuring ex-13 and Sourvein guitarist Liz Buckingham, bassist Rob Al-Issa, and theaforementionedGreaves, and thereborn Electric Wizard released their fifth full studio album in 2004's aptly named We Live. Electric Wizardhad anotherlineup change in 2006 whenGreaves was replaced by Shaun Rutter, who made his debut on their sixth album, 2007's WitchcultToday. Themusical chairs would continue in2008 when Al-Issa left the band and was replaced by bassist Tas Danazoglou. With their lineuponce againsolid, Electric Wizard released BlackMasses in 2010. Electric Wizard went through yet another lineup change in 2012 when GlennCharmanand 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 undertook recordingsessionsattheir own studio. Original drummer Mark Greening was brought in to replace Poole. Charman left before the recording sessionsbegan andOborn(under the moniker "Count Orloff), played bass in the studio. Shortly after completing the album, formally entitled Time 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
173 Votes
Black Masses
2010

3.6
300 Votes
Witchcult Today
2007

3.9
385 Votes
We Live
2004

3.6
187 Votes
Let Us Prey
2002

3.4
187 Votes
Dopethrone
2000

4.3
1,249 Votes
Come My Fanatics...
1997

4.2
546 Votes
Electric Wizard
1995

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

3.5
51 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
11 Votes

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