Electric Wizard
Let Us Prey


3.5
great

Review

by Justin Woodmancy USER (9 Reviews)
May 4th, 2011 | 11 replies | 6,978 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After Dopethrone, What is there to do for the "Three wizards crowned with weed". If you guessed "More marijuana consumption" You are correct...

Electric Wizard Just created THE HEAVIEST album in existence Dopethrone. The follow up is a bit of a disappointment though. Let us prey is VERY HEAVY and doesn't let up a bit in terms of slow crushing riffs. Although Theres a more psychedelic and almost scary atmosphere.

1. A Chosen Few - This song starts The album out very good. Immediately it jumps into an outstanding riff that induces involuntary head banging. When the song kicks in with the drums it reaches a level of heaviness (and Grooviness) Unheard of Before Dopethrone. Jus's Vocals are very low in the mix and distorted constantly being drowned out by guitar and cymbals making them impossible to decipher. This song is way too similar to the song dopethrone. But thats expected coming from Mr. Oborn. But it does not take away from the song at all seeing as this riff is just so great. Although the song Is a little to long leaving the listener bored at points. Besides the Length, its a great song (best off Album). 4.5/5

2. We, The Undead - surprisingly this song is fast paced and not a bit monotonous. It features a stellar riff and a really cool bridge. I really dig the vocals in this song although you cannot understand a damn thing he says. Theres also a nice little solo in this song making the whole thing very enjoyable. 4.0/5

3. Master of Alchemy - Yet another GREAT riff. This track in particular reminds of "10,000 Years" by High on Fire. After about 5 minutes of one riff the song stops and goes into a new riff with of sea of cymbal crashes and backing wah pedal. This continues until the end of the song (for the most part). It does get pretty boring but still a good track. 3.5/5

4. The Outsider - Very heavy track that is pretty interesting to listen to start to finish. Starts off with a nice bass intro that leads into guitar. after that its pretty boring just a stoner doom track with inaudible vocals. But all that changes around the 6 minute mark. This song kicks back up with a groovy wah pedal riff with knee quaking bass behind it. A pleasant way to end such a long boring track. 3.3/5

5. Night of The Shape - Is a very unorthodox track for EW. One could call this track experimental if they wanted. It almost feels like its not electric wizard with the violin and all. This track features really nice drums and piano (Yes, Piano) that feel like it should be in a classic vampire film. Avery memorable song, but it drags on just a to0 long. 3.0/5

6. Priestess of Mars - Another long track. More distorted vocals that you can't really understand are present once again. Some great riffs are displayed as well, most of them having some sort of unique fill at the end of them. The song ends with Jus Repeating "You are my priestess of mars". Sound familiar? It should seeing as he uses that line in "Venus in Furs" off of there most recent release "Black Masses" (Solid Album). This song once again overstays its welcome. The intro is great but the rest is just okay. 3.5/5

Overall This album is pretty good. If your'e into wizard a lot, I Would recommend this album to you. If not I do not think this is the album for you.

Pros
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- Outstanding Guitar Riffs
- Nice guitar layering

Cons
- Songs are too long for their own good
- Lacks guitar solos
- Can't Understand the vocals

FINAL RATING
3.5/5



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Tyrael
May 5th 2011



20823 Comments


i) Good review for a first, but you really should refrain from track-by-tracks, they read a bit iffy and you're repeating yourself a lot.

ii) Don't write things LIKE THIS, it comes off as a bit unprofessional.

iii) -You should proofread your review, you have capitals in the middle of your sentences:

This song starts The album out very good.

- A few spelling errors like
If your'e into wizard a lot

- The two combined
Although Theres a more psychedelic and almost scary atmosphere.


iiii) I don't know if comparing this with Dopethrone is really fair since it's definitely one of the pinnacles in stoner/doom metal. All in all, this review was not too bad but please proofread first. Oh and the marijuana thing was pretty funny. I hope this didn't come off as too harsh or anything...

GodL1ke
May 6th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

your track rating is generally decreasing by the end of the album which i believe is not objectively the case. i think you haven't got into the album (or at least the 2nd half) that much and to write a better review you might have to know your music in a little more depth

Apostrophee
April 11th 2012



49 Comments


tbh this ties with dopethrone for me

Funeralopolis
April 11th 2012



11213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

their worst imo also review sucks

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Inveigh
April 2nd 2013



24929 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I always forget how much this album rules, it's a borderline 4


glad someone reviewed this, but damn dude...

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ffs
October 30th 2013



4865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

god damn this is the best band

rockandmetaljunkie
February 19th 2014



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dull and monotonous. EW reached their peak with Dopethrone and with their next effort they tried to abolish their Blues influences and experiment with different sounds and more "complicated" ideas but they end up writing the most boring album of their career up to that time.
Mark I had unlocked their limits.

ffs
February 19th 2014



4865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album aint poppy enough for you huh

rockandmetaljunkie
February 19th 2014



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it doesn't need to be

beeroine87
May 19th 2014



20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Electric wizard never disappoint

SharkTooth
May 19th 2014



4001 Comments


Need to check this out

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