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Black Masses

Electric Wizard

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Noisy, Dark, Groovy, Sludgy stoner doom. Ecounter for the first time with headphones.

First off, a warning, the best way to encounter Black Masses for the first time is with headphones.

This is Electric Wizard's most recent LP release. I can sum it up with this. It's noisy, dark, groovy, sludgy stoner doom. It is not as heavy as most of their previous albums. It is more of a downtuned psych-rock record.

It it deals with the typical themes that Electric Wizard loves to explore, Satanism, nihilism, sadomasochism, apocalypse and drug-fueled paranoia. It is filled with fuzzy, bassy, feedback-laden guitars – where melody creeps in only through constant and extremely psychedelic soloing. The vocals on this album are also particularly noteworthy as vocalist/guitarist Jus Oborn seems to show even more development and reminds me a bit of John Lennon and Ozzy Osbourne if they were to sing their vocal while being inside of a closed coffin/casket. This coupled with the production makes it hard to pinpoint what exactly is going on unless you have headphones on.

Listening to Black Masses is like creeping inside an ancient ruined building at midnight while drugged out of your mind. You don't know exactly where youre going and all the whole time you hear strange noises all around you that you have no idea where they're coming from.
The experience, however, is strangely, much more pleasant than this description

Overall I think its a really good borderline great album. A few songs could have been ended a little sooner and I think the album could have been cut down to 7 tracks instead of 8, because track 8 "Crypt of Drugula" is really just feedback and phantom noises.

If you dare call yourself a fan of classic metal and do not own a copy of Black Masses, then go get it.

Best electric wizard

Trippy doomy sludgy. Perfect.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Dorset, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Often referred to as the "heaviest band in the universe," England's Electric Wizard have consistently redefined the preconceived thresholds of a detuned guitar chord with their peerless doom metal achievements — this despite an often interpersonally troubled, if musically triumphant, career. Formed in darkest Dorset by vocalist/guitarist Justin Oborn (previously with Lords of Putrefaction), bassist Tim Bagshaw, and drummer Mark Greening, and initially known as Thy Grief Eternal (briefer still,...
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