Electric Wizard
Witchcult Today


4.0
excellent

Review

by username345 USER (52 Reviews)
March 29th, 2009 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Electric Wizard perfect their tighter, more accessable yet still crushingly heavy sound they started on 'We Live'

2007’s Witchcult Today is Electric Wizard’s sixth album overall, and second album with their second line-up after two of the three founding members left to form a new band, Ramesses, leaving just guitarist and vocalist Jus Oborn. With the new line-up, including Oborn’s wife Liz Buckingham on second guitar, Electric Wizard moved towards a cleaner, tighter sound. While this style was started on 2004’s slightly inconsistent We Live, it was perfected on Witchcult Today

While this could be seen as a step back for Electric Wizard who gained popularity for their crushingly heavy monolithic riffs drenched in feedback and distortion, the change in sound works surprisingly well. The sound here is much more focused and less droning and monotonous. The doomy down-tuned riffs are still the same excellent quality of those of older Electric Wizard. The riffs are still relentlessly heavy and gripping with plenty of groove, but the cleaner sound and tighter structure helps to make them easier to listen to. The songs are still quite long, giving plenty of time to get lost in the album’s gloomy and spacey atmosphere.

While the song structures are simplified here, usually with more clearly defined verse-chorus arrangements than before, the addition of a second guitarist gives the band ability to add complexity to the music, though it usually stays quite simple. All of the music was recorded using vintage 70’s equipment, adding to the rough sound.

The final two tracks are slightly more similar to earlier Electric Wizard, with a more droning sound and longer song lengths, especially ‘Black Magic Rituals & Perversions’ with it’s doomy riff surrounded by crashing drums (which throughout the rest of the album are very low in the mix) and buried indecipherable vocals. This change helps keep the album gripping throughout, preventing it from becoming at all stale.

To fit with the new style, Oborn’s vocals are distorted less and placed further up in the mix. However, they still sound distant and hazy, buried under the crushing guitars and bass. He is still clearer than before though, making his vocal melodies easier to hear, especially on songs like Saturnine with it’s fantastic chorus, and his lyrics more decipherable. While the lyrics aren’t particularly impressive, they aren’t really important to the album and they fit the drugged-out atmosphere fine. Topics covered there are the same as in any Electric Wizard album - homages to weed and often quite cheesy horror films, most notably ‘Satanic Rites of Drugula’, which, as the title suggests, is about both the film ‘Satanic Rites of Dracula’ and weed at the same time, with quite humorous lyrics.

While Electric Wizard may have hit their peak at 1997’s Come My Fanatics or 2000’s Dopethrone, the line-up change added new life to the band. Witchcult Today retains the heaviness and groove but is much more easily accessable. The album is gripping throughout, despite it’s quite long running length, and is filled with quality riffs. Highly recommended, and a good introduction to the band.



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HenchmanOfSanta
March 29th 2009


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Satanic Rites of Drugula's riffs are better than most of Dopethrone. Otherwise the album is only solid.

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Wizard
March 29th 2009


19438 Comments


The summary reads kind of funny.

The doomy down-tuned riffs are still the same excellent quality of those of older Electric Wizard, and are still relentlessly heavy and gripping with plenty of groove, but the cleaner sound and tighter structure helps to make them easier to listen to.

Run on sentence.

Your descriptions are excellent. The review needs a bit of ironing out in some areas.



This Message Edited On 03.29.09

Digging: Nightbringer - Ego Dominus Tuus

MassiveAttack
March 29th 2009


2688 Comments


The doomy down-tuned riffs are still the same excellent quality of those of older Electric Wizard. The riffs are still relentlessly heavy and gripping with plenty of groove, but the cleaner sound and tighter structure helps to make them easier to listen to.

there.


username345
March 29th 2009


594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, that part was a bit sloppy.

Fixed.


mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sick album

heylelshalem
March 29th 2009


71 Comments


im probably end up getting this on vinyl..because i'm pretty much a electric wizard fanboy.

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 30th 2009


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love the direction they went with this album. It has a great vintage vibe to it, and some of it reminds of old school horror movies from 50s. Which, I know they happen to be fans of.

Annunaki21
January 4th 2010


1 Comments


I really dig this album and need to thank a friend for introducing me to Electric Wizard


Dryden
January 4th 2010


12928 Comments


oh man, still need to check this out

Inveigh
August 30th 2010


24997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

neeeeed thiiiiiiiiiisss

(it should be a requirement to type like that in EW threads)

mcg182
September 7th 2010


144 Comments


Too bad that EW'll never look back to Dopethrone, Fanatics, the self-titled, or even Let Us Prey. Sure, guitars'll sound the same, but the vocal styles keep changing on every album.

tkxxx7
November 1st 2010


6153 Comments


My friend from the band 'Acid Witch' told me to check this out.

SteelErectedb4you8er
March 2nd 2011


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man, at home sick all day on 12 hours of sleep, medication, water...I don't know if it is the perfect combo, but I feel like I am kind of trippin'. And of course, EW is great to listen to at this kind of state of mind.

ShadowRemains
March 2nd 2011


20844 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

SteelErectedb4you8er
March 2nd 2011


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Indeed.

Inveigh
March 2nd 2011


24997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these guys haven't released a bad album

this is probably 4th on my list though, maybe even 5th

SteelErectedb4you8er
March 3rd 2011


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For me, it goes....and this may blow all your minds. 1. Come My Fanatics 2. Dopethrone 3. Black Masses 4. Witchcult Today 5. We Live 6. Let Us Prey and so on

Jruined
March 25th 2011


1300 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So these guys rock my face. You know it's good when your three your old daughter starts smiling and staggering back and forth like she just did a massive bong rip, without her ever having been anywhere near the herb. Just psychoactive substances passed down throw her daddy's twisted dna coming to the forefront.

Digging: Earth - Primitive and Deadly

rabidgodtransmission
June 8th 2011


10 Comments


My very first Electric Wizard album, so I have a soft spot for this one.

Inveigh
June 19th 2011


24997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

1. Come My Fanatics 2. Dopethrone 3. Black Masses 4. Witchcult Today 5. We Live 6. Let Us Prey

that's pretty much how I'd rank them too



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