Electric Wizard
Come My Fanatics...


4.0
excellent

Review

by Travis Marmon USER (32 Reviews)
August 1st, 2009 | 157 replies | 22,104 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent slab of doom marred by a little bit of monotony.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Anybody who has heard of England's Electric Wizard knows that they are one of the heaviest bands to ever exist. Their music can be summed up in the immortal words of fellow doom metal titans Sleep: "Drop out of life with bong in hand, follow the smoke toward the riff-filled land." Now, Sleep wrote that line two years after this album came out, but it's exactly what Electric Wizard brings to mind. Laying down gigantic riffs with no regard for eardrums, speakers or their own brain cells, EW are a trip to hear for anyone, whether or not they partake in the illicit drug use the band is associated with. This is most noticably evidenced by their masterpiece, Dopethrone. But three years before that behemoth was released, there was Come My Fanatics...

On this album, Electric Wizard are:

Jus Osborn - Guitar/Vocals
Tim Bagshaw - Bass
Mark Greening - Drums

Like their peers in Sleep and Boris, Electric Wizard prove that three people is all you need to be loud as hell. The listener understands this from the first second of album opener "Return Trip." Impossibly low guitar and knee-quaking bass dominate this song (and album) at a very slow, crushing pace. The band is surprisingly minimalist for such dense music, with two four-line verses making up the 10-minute opening track. Just like every other point in their career, each song has four or five riffs maximum, yet five of the six tracks exceed seven minutes. For those new to doom metal, this sounds like a tedious experience. But that kind of riffing style is a genre-wide feature, and the Wizard have a tendency to keep the listener engrossed in their hazy noise.

Electric Wizard are remarkable in that they can make songs catchy while maintaining this extremely simplistic and inaccessible sound. For example, album highlight "Wizard in Black" (though not as infectious as future tracks like "Vinum Sabbathi" and "Dunwich") contains a somewhat hooky opening riff that repeats until you can't help but nod along. This is one of many pages that the band took from the book of Black Sabbath, their most obvious idols.

Unfortunately, there are points on this album where things do become a bore. The instrumental "Ivixor B/Phase Enducer" is entirely useless. I don't smoke, but even I can figure out that any listener should be heavily under the influence to enjoy that track. The other five tracks could all stand to be cut short by a minute as well. Dopethrone had the same problems, but the highlights of that album are better than the five real songs from this one. Come My Fanatics... is a great album, but Electric Wizard had yet to exploit their potential to the fullest. Still a must-listen for doom fans.



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HenchmanOfSanta
August 1st 2009



1850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For some reason the only version of this on the site is the reissue with the self-titled. I'm aware that Jerusalem came out in the same year as this version, but the review is of the original.

scyther
August 1st 2009



1606 Comments


This band makes other bands look like fucking pussies.

TricksterGRex
August 1st 2009



2087 Comments


true that

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 30th 2009



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've always wanted to trip to this album. I imagine it being quite a scary journey, but everytime I hear "Wizard in Black," I sometimes get a flashback.

Buccaneer
December 30th 2009



692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still need to get this. Only have Dopethrone and Witchcult Today and love them both

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 30th 2009



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, if you like those albums a lot, definitely get this one.

brutebeard
September 26th 2010



1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Too heavy!

ShadowRemains
September 26th 2010



20223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

Bleekill
October 17th 2010



832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

13 GATHER ON A MOONLESS NIGHT. THE MORNING STAR. IS BURNING BRIGHT.

Ticondaroga
November 14th 2010



231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SOo dam good.

Inveigh
November 17th 2010



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sometimes I like this more than Dopethrone

Inveigh
January 27th 2011



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so close to 5ing this...

review & album need more love 'round these parts

Baphomet
January 27th 2011



7364 Comments


Never bothered with anything from these guys besides Dopethrone.

Maybe I should.

Inveigh
January 27th 2011



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you definitely should. well, I guess I should ask first -- do you like Dopethrone?

the newest one is really dank too

Baphomet
January 27th 2011



7364 Comments


I like it, but that's about it. I gave it a 3.5 I believe.

Inveigh
January 27th 2011



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think this and Black Masses are a little more immediate/accessible, but that's just me

Baphomet
January 27th 2011



7364 Comments


Yeah... to be honest I only listened to it a couple of times and didn't give it a chance to sink in.

Since you think this is more accessible I'll give it a shot.

Inveigh
January 27th 2011



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

word, Wizard in Black and Son of Nothing both rule hard (well, so does pretty much the whole album imo)

MO
January 28th 2011



18181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agree on whole album

eternium
February 19th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ass.

Also, holy shit this album.



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