Electric Wizard
Legalise Drugs & Murder


3.5
great

Review

by John Marinakis USER (26 Reviews)
May 15th, 2012 | 27 replies | 8,243 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Wizard invites you to sniff a dose to an early sample of what their forthcoming album might sound like. Can you refuse their offer ?

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

2010 proved to be a successful year for Electric Wizard. The British band released their 7th studio album Black Masses, which was received quite well by the critics and fans alike. Immediately, a tour was followed to support the album, which was also the band's most profitable. And then, just when everything seemed to be right, and the band was in a good shape, while it was heading to rise up anew to past acclaim as one of the top metal acts, something peculiar occurred. Jus Oborn the founder and the mastermind of the band, yet again thought it was a good idea to make multiple changes in the line up, so he got rid of Tas Danazoglou and Shaun Rutter. They were replaced by Glenn Charman and Simon Poole in March 31, where they performed, with the rest of the band, at the London Forum.

I’m trying to understand the reasons behind these constant line up changes. Did Danazoglou and Rutter finally reached their full potential ? Did Oborn realized the band is in need of fresh new ideas ? Is there any other reason ? Is it because, as the group’s leader, he cannot get along with anyone else, with the exception being that of his own wife ? Whatever the reasons are one thing is for certain: With each new recruiting, the identity of a band is altered. That can be for better or for worse, depending on what your aims and objectives really are.

Nevertheless, after the gig a new EP was released worldwide called Legalise Drugs and Murder. The artwork is a homage to Sabbath’s Master of Reality, and i don’t bother to wonder why, since they are Electric Wizard’s biggest inspiration. After all, Oborn named his band after his two favorite Sabbath songs, Electric Funeral and The Wizard.

The EP proved to be a great offer. The two tracks do a splendid job burying you under a sludgy wall of psychedelic distortion. The sickening, fat sounds married with chaotic provocative lyrics, create a unique obsessive atmosphere filled with addictive melodies. You can actually smell the drugs, feel the compulsion caused by destructive consumption. The EP starts out with a song bearing the same name as the release. Legalise Drugs and Murder is vintage Electric Wizard. It really doesn’t offer anything new, as the sound will remind you their previous work, but in all honestly, they do a pretty damn good job writing over and over again identical material.

The second track is called Murder and Madness, which is an instrumental song and it’s quite different from the previous track. From what i can remember, the band has engaged again in the past on writing instrumentals. Mountains of Mars, Solarian 13, The Hills Have Eyes are all excellent examples and Murder and Madness proves to be no exception. A slow, repetitive melody embarks you in a journey full of mysteriously, horrifying hallucinations, drowning you into a non-ambitient nightmare. That’s great stuff if you want to scary your little brother or make your parents (especially your mother) goggle their eyes in terror, and make them wonder what the hell is that you are listening to.

With this release, Electric Wizard proves that they are alive and kicking. If this is indeed a leaning sample of what their next album might sound like, then it will be another classic addition to their discography. Only time will tell. Until then, i strongly advise you to give this a carefull spin.

But be warned; Complications may occur due to the substance consumed.



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rockandmetaljunkie
May 15th 2012



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is my second review so please be gentle. Constructive critisism is most welcome.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 15th 2012



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You shouldn't.

DoubtGin
May 15th 2012



6748 Comments


Title track is lazy as fuck.

SteelErectedb4you8er
May 15th 2012



2613 Comments


Yeah, the title track is basically "The Chosen Few"....I love every EW album especially Witchcult Today and Black Mass...but something tells me this was just quick push by the label.

CaptainDooRight
May 15th 2012



28319 Comments


down for drugs, not murder

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

CaptainDooRight
May 15th 2012



28319 Comments


although now that i think about it, murder could be a result of drugs

fuck i just got trolled hard by EW

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2012



19959 Comments


Good review dude. pos'd.

I'll probably check this out at some point.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 15th 2012



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the title track is basically "The Chosen Few"

Yeah you're right.
I wasn't aware of that.
Well probably they've got so stoned, during the recodings, they forgot they already played that riff.

trix4dix
May 15th 2012



343 Comments


drugs and murder are my two favorite things

rockandmetaljunkie
May 15th 2012



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you a lot Jamie.
Don't miss that one, it is only 12 minutes.

TheNotrap
May 15th 2012



7978 Comments


Nice work, have a pos.
Might check this out.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2012



4380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Leeeegaliiiize"

Good review, Ive had this for a while now. Have a POS.


alachlahol
May 15th 2012



7471 Comments


whoooooaaa burn my brains out bro

Relinquished
May 15th 2012



24408 Comments


feels like a long time ago Black Masses came out

Ire
May 15th 2012



41746 Comments


agreed, wolfe. ugh i totally forgot about this 7"

Relinquished
May 15th 2012



24408 Comments


whoo Electric Wizard Roadburn 2013

rockandmetaljunkie
May 15th 2012



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Nice work, have a pos.
Might check this out."

Thanks dude. Don't try this under the influence of alcohol.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 15th 2012



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Good review, Ive had this for a while now."

If you feel for it, don't hesitate to rate it writer.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2012



4380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

3.5 is actually what I would rate it. I only really rate anything if I'm going to review it. I need to get into the habit of rating all of my favorite stuff.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 15th 2012



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's weird man. Why rating only the albums you're going to review ?



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