tectactoe
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11.23.20 2020 // 25 UNDER 2510.27.20 Just got Nintendo SWITCH
10.07.20 tectac's Electric Wizard, Ranked08.26.20 tec's Top 100 Albums of All Time
08.21.20 FILM: tectac's Kelly Reichardt, Ranked07.07.20 Top 25 of 2020: So Far! (Sept.)
06.11.20 Favorite Metal of 2020 (So Far)05.27.20 FILM: tectac's Hayao Miyazaki, Ranked
05.12.20 MUSIC: tectac's Swans, Ranked 03.15.20 FILM: tectac's Tsai Ming-liang, Ranked
02.25.20 FILM: tectac's Robert Bresson, Ranked01.21.20 MUSIC: tec's Top 50 of 2019
12.18.19 FILM: tec's Noah Baumbach, Ranked12.09.19 MUSIC: tec's Top 100 Songs of 2019
11.25.19 FILM: tectac's Sergio Leone, Ranked10.30.19 FILM: tectac's Darren Aronofsky, Ranked
10.24.19 FILM: tectac's Top 10(0) Films of the D10.17.19 MUSIC: tectac's Top 20 Metal Albums of
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tectac's Electric Wizard, Ranked

The poster children for stoner metal - after years of having only heard DOPETHRONE, I figured it was time to do my due diligence and give the rest of their discography a shot. Not surprisingly, it is quality. One of the most consistent bands ever, maybe, aside from their most recent release which is the sole outlier. They certainly have a specific style and niche, but they do it so well and explore the space so completely that it hardly registers as a fault.
9Electric Wizard
Wizard Bloody Wizard


Wanted to be esoteric and place this black sheep anywhere but last place...but I could not do that in good conscience. This is Electric Wizard's weakest effort, almost objectively so - very nearly an exercise in self-parody, and while some of that caustic edge might be intentional, especially given the mocking namesake and purposely suggestive cover art, awareness of one's own reflexive aping doesn't suddenly make it okay. The only album in their catalog that's skippable.
8Electric Wizard
Black Masses


Atmospheric as hell, though almost to its detriment. One could argue that every Electric Wizard album is better baked, but I think this one would benefit the most from an altered state of mind. Lots of droning psychedelic sections, phased vocals, and dark interludes - the kind of album that serves better as background music. But, you know, really fuckin' awesome background music.
7Electric Wizard
Witchcult Today


Most call this a "return to form" for Electric Wizard, but I don't think they ever really *left* any form, to be honest. The closest cousin of DOPETHRONE, sure, but who's to say that *that* album is what defines the form to which they should return? I'll probably catch flak for having this so low - that's more a testament to the strength of Electric Wizard's canon than anything. Still think this album rocks, though I prefer the exploratory nature of the few (heavily underrated) albums that precede it.
6Electric Wizard
Come My Fanatics...


Great stuff, obviously, though just a tad too unfocused - I know "lack of focus" is probably the worst complaint for a genre that thrives in zoned out, borderline-droning sprawls, but there's something about this that feels...I dunno...slightly less "conceptual" than all the albums I rank above it. It's the one album that seems, to me, more like a series of songs than a complete experience. Those individual songs still rule, however, so the complaint is really just a nit pick.
5Electric Wizard
We Live


Mega thicc and groovy - possibly Electric Wizard's most "doomy" album of all, with a focus on simple riffs and beefy, engulfing tones. A great record to play with the subwoofer turned up so you can hear all the plates and glasses in your cupboard shake. In a word: "Crunchy."
4Electric Wizard
Electric Wizard


Electric Wizard's least modulated album - their feature-length debut remains their most bare-bones assemblage of riffs to date, which sort of makes it the closest approximation to the bands they're paying homage to, the most notable, of course, being Black Sabbath. But there's still a grit and tonal thickness here that Ozzy & Co. never quite achieved, making this more than a mere carbon copy of ye olde metal. An often overlooked Electric Wizard album that shows an immense amount of promise right outta the gate.
3Electric Wizard
Let Us Prey


Man oh man. Like walking through a temple of sludge and coming out the other side irrevocably darkened and calcified. Their most garbled, manic, paranoid, and overbearing work to date, and I mean that in an assuredly positive way. Feels like a template for Hell (M.S.W.) - the soundtrack for a dinner date in the underworld. The occasional psychedelic guitar cuts against the grain of density, adding blurbs of levity in a manner that's almost caustic. Good shit.
2Electric Wizard
Time to Die


Absolutely appalled at this album's unanimously low rating. Impeding, filthy, and totally unctuous riffs that take their time tying you down to the rack and pensively cranking the dial, laughing as your limbs start cracking from being slowly stretch apart. The best fusion of their various subgenre influences - from doom, to stoner, to psych, to sludge - making for an experience that's as strangely cathartic as it is absolutely crushing. Overdoes it with the satanic imagery just a bit (not that I have a problem with that in and of itself, but it frequently feels forced), but it's easy to overlook a minor flaw when the music is this tender and delicious.
1Electric Wizard
Dopethrone


Normie pick for first place, I suppose, but this is just the pinnacle of stoner-psych metal, innit? My feelings toward it could be compromised since it was not only the first Electric Wizard album I ever heard, but also the *only* Electric Wizard album I ever heard for a really, really long time, meaning it has the unfair advantage of being etched into my memory well before I started exploring the rest of their catalog. After rummaging through it all, though, this remains my favorite, an undeniably succulent exercise in dense tones and atmospheric lethargy. Could this be the most unabashedly masculine record of all time???
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