Electric Wizard
Wizard Bloody Wizard



by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (275 Reviews)
November 16th, 2017 | 44 replies

Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Boredom bloody boredom.

As a title, Wizard Bloody Wizard sure makes it obvious. I mean, even in various interviews regarding Electric Wizard's latest album, Jus Oborn simply laughs off the melodrama of social media when everybody reacted to a name so closely related to arguably the band's strongest influence. Yet for all the ridicule the band have experienced over the years, Oborn and his bandmates seem to have shrugged off any notion that Electric Wizard are becoming a shadow of their former selves, not once but many times as the constant comparisons to Sabbath inevitably come pouring out.

Until now at least.

No beating about the bush, Wizard Bloody Wizard gives you the impression of a young band trying to ape Electric Wizard trying to ape Black Sabbath. Sort of what Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats would sound like if their sound was even more lo-fi and indie and their songs were three times longer than usual. In recent interviews, Oborn admitted that the recording for Wizard Bloody Wizard took place in a cabin practically in the middle of nowhere. More specifically, a basement where numerous jam sessions took place and it eventually culminated in a forty-plus minute record which, rather than presenting itself as a B-sides and oddities collection, was to be the new Electric Wizard release. You can sense the severe lack of inspiration from the get-go here. Oborn's nasally, one-dimensional vocal delivery plants itself all over opener "See You in Hell", which for some reason was chosen to features prominently on an EP earlier this year. The guitar work, whilst loud and in your face at all times, ultimately buries bass and drum work until halfway through when the rhythm section strangely calms down for a half-hearted jam session. These are forgivable in an Electric Wizard album. The impression that the band have seemingly forgotten what made them stand out from the crowd over a decade ago is not.

The nitty gritty of Wizard Bloody Wizard is how it makes its listener consider asking "Why am I here and why is this album rotating on my record player"". At no point should a doom metal album make you even think of posing such a question. Yet with all the respect garnered around Electric Wizard's sometimes grand reputation for being the sub-genre's leading force, somehow Wizard Bloody Wizard became an idea. "Necromania" ramps up the driving force of the guitar work, but what it doesn't do is build on a sound which, at this point in the band's career, has become devoid of emotion or soul. At least the band embark on a more atmospheric slant with "The Reaper", but the fact that it's more of an interlude at three minutes long than any of the other five tracks is deemed unfortunate for anyone who was expecting a return to former glories after the drop in quality with the last few albums. Even the lengthier songs-"Hear the Sirens Scream" and closer "Mourning of the Magicians" respectively-don't bother to add any magic, and in the end you're left with forty odd minutes of Electric Wizard essentially recycling ideas but not necessarily using them. Sure, you can appreciate the moderate level of effort in the solo sections of "Necromania" and "Wicked Caresses", but even here you'll likely be scraping the barrel for any sense of enjoyment.

It's a little painful for me to admit this, but it seems Electric Wizard have take too many steps back, perhaps as far back as their demo days before even the self-titled 1995 debut release was an idea. Wizard Bloody Wizard details a new direction apparently, but what is a direction if it doesn't lead anywhere" Could we really imagine several more albums doing exactly the same thing but not building it into something more exciting" Electric Wizard's latest effort is regressive and uninspired, and only marginally interesting for those who have never heard doom metal before.

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Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 2.5

Holy cow, linguist actually reviewed an album with a rating lower than a 3.

c/c welcome as always.

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Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 2.8

Great review! I agree with you, the album sounds tired and too close to Sabbath. It's not bad per se, it's average for Electric Wizard. I liked Time to Die, but here they're just on auto pilot.

November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 3.0

I was hoping this would be good but I'm not surprised to read this based off the single they released... Will give it a spin since I love almost everything else they've done but my hopes aren't high

November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 3.0

review sums up the album really well

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November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 3.5

Great review man. I'm still happy to check this out tomorrow but I'm not expecting another dopethrone for sure

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tacos n stuff
November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 2.5

review sums up my thoughts

ill keep it at a 3, but this just felt so lazy

November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I cannot get over just how bad and annoying Jus sounds on this album. SO nasally and monotone.

November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 2.5

Damn this band was pretty consistent up until now

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Contributing Reviewer
November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 2.5

Hey BlackwaterPork me and you are digging the same album. It's awesome stuff.

November 16th 2017


So its as lame as the album cover ehh?

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November 16th 2017


“but not ecessarily using them.”

November 16th 2017


So yeah this sux

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November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 3.5

I thought it was better than Let Us Prey and Time To Die after one spin, but Electric Wizard is capable of so much more.

November 16th 2017


Noooooooooo, I was hoping the single would be the worst on this. Will def still give it a listen

November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 2.5

EW should have just stopped after witchcult today and had an discog with very few flaws. but oh well

November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 2.5

Great review Linguist. Gonna jam it later but the single wasn't really promising.

And fuck that cover.

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November 16th 2017


Album Rating: 2.0

electric wizard is one of the most overrated bands of all time

November 17th 2017


that album cover is atrocious

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November 17th 2017


Never thought these guys are going to realese something bad.
Sure, the two records after Dopethrone are pretty subpar (but still, pretty good), but still they aren't bad.
I guess they might try another record like this and change their direction (EW usually do that after around 2 albums).
I'll still give this a listen, but I don't have high hopes.

November 17th 2017


Album Rating: 2.5

Can't say I really even loved their last album but still this is disappointing to hear.

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