Electric Wizard
Dopethrone


4.5
superb

Review

by Travis Marmon USER (32 Reviews)
June 27th, 2014 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quite simply the heaviest album ever made.

So you want to get into doom metal and stoner metal? Look no further than Electric Wizard. The British trio (or quartet, depending on the album) are known for consistently bringing colossal riffs that seem to rise out of a haze of pot smoke, to the tune of seven albums that have earned a spot in any doomster's collection. But only one of those albums can truly be called the pinnacle of the genre: Dopethrone.

Electric Wizard (at this time) were:

Jus Osborn - vocals, guitar
Tim Bagshaw - bass
Mark Greening - drums


Since its release in 2000, Dopethrone has received tremendous, arguably hyperbolic praise from the metal community as a whole. It's quite possibly the most beloved doom metal album of the post-Sabbath era, and with good reason. Electric Wizard achieved the goal that every group of Tony Iommi-worshiping stoners set out for after listening to Paranoid and Master of Reality: to create an album that's titanically heavy, hypnotically groovy and overwhelmingly awesome.

The production on this album is superb, from guitar fuzz that would make Blue Cheer weep with joy to a cavernous drum tone that makes every cymbal crash sound downright apocalyptic. There is a distortion on Jus Osborn's vocals that adds incredible power to them, even though the lyrics never stray from the typical Wizard themes of horror movies, misanthropy and marijuana. No other album in the EW catalog sounds quite like Dopethrone, which is part of what elevates to such a monumental status. More importantly, though, this is the Wizard at the peak of their songwriting ability. Most of their albums have a tendency to meander here and there, or rely too much on a riff that doesn't quite have the juice to last for upwards of seven minutes. That trap is avoided here (for the most part--"I, the Witchfinder" could lose a few minutes, and the droning final part of the "Weird Tales" suite loses me), and instead EW provide us grateful listeners with some of the best strings of riffs ever put on record, even when there are only two or three on a song.

If I wanted to really sum up my feelings about everything positive on this album, I could just start listing great individual moments. The opening bassline of "Vinum Sabbathi;" the climax of "Funeralopolis;" the high energy opening of "Barbarian," perfectly sequenced after "The Altar of Melektaus"; Osborn's "I AM ALBINO" vocal entrance on "I, the Witchfinder," etc. It's tough to come away from this album without a few moments that make you smile.

Electric Wizard could have easily called it a day after their first three albums--the self-titled debut, Come My Fanatics... and this album--and walked away with a reputation as one of the greatest metal bands in any genre. They have remained kings (and queen, in Liz Buckingham's case) of the stoner doom scene in the past decade and a half, but the heights of Dopethrone are unreachable. If you want to know what the fuss is about this style of music, I can't possibly recommend it enough. And if you already know, it never hurts to put it on again.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
HenchmanOfSanta
June 27th 2014


1884 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Changing up my project. Instead of focusing on a year every week, I'm just going to do one album per year (still doing the 10-year intervals) when I feel like writing.

Been thinking about this album a lot lately, especially since someone asked me for a primer on sludge and stoner metal last week.

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SharkTooth
June 27th 2014


5162 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I loves me some Wizard

Digging: Fuzz - Fuzz

BMDrummer
June 27th 2014


8766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review man, album rules so hard m/

thelastsignal
June 27th 2014


1370 Comments


Nice review, man. These guys sound like they are definitely worth checking out.

Hurricanslash
June 27th 2014


435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is like the most badass album ever recorded. Great review!

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SharkTooth
June 27th 2014


5162 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@thelastsignal
Dude, CHECK THEM OUT RIGHT NOW


ExplosiveOranges
June 27th 2014


3198 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Music to smoke a joint to.

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HenchmanOfSanta
June 27th 2014


1884 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually don't smoke but I feel like if I could play in any kind of band it would be this. And it's hard not to love the album cover.

SharkTooth
June 27th 2014


5162 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't either, and I'm with ya, except my band would lean more to Dead Meadow

wwba
June 27th 2014


362 Comments


Solid album but nowhere near as good as people make it out to be.

BMDrummer
June 27th 2014


8766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude just stop already

SharkTooth
June 27th 2014


5162 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"nowhere near as good as people make it out to be."

says the guy who 5'd the new Yes album

InFlamesWeThrash666
June 27th 2014


1326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Da fuzz

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DikkoZinner
June 27th 2014


3288 Comments


Solid album worthy of all the praise people give it.

SharkTooth
June 27th 2014


5162 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yup

InFlamesWeThrash666
June 27th 2014


1326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album's title describes the music perfectly

NeroCorleone80
June 27th 2014


29334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album dopes hard

NodScene23
June 27th 2014


270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YES

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2014


1648 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This>Dopesmoker

Gwynsalt
June 27th 2014


204 Comments


yeah



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