Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Doom Metal | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 165 / 11-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8.5/10 | Label: Spinefarm | Autor: NM

Electric Wizard are among the most uncompromising acts of the Stoner Doom genre. For more than two decades, they have been enrapturing their fans with hypnotic, nasty slow-mo attacks that have repeatedly been accused of monotony, but are loved straight for their stoic basic nature. The English took four years for the successor of "Black Masses". For the first time in about ten years, drummer and founding member Mark Greening was involved in the recordings of "Time To Die". This could explain why the band around guitarist/vocalist Jus Osborn is much tighter on the fresh tin and - if this sound can be said at all - more goal-oriented than on the releases of the last years. Songs like "I Am Nothing" or "We Love The Dead" grab the listener with an unusual elemental force of riffs and rhythm - of course with the usual noisy lava power and gloomily draining, but less frayed. The Dorset formation, which has shrunk to a trio, has wrested new facets from its radical force and enriched it with a soothing dynamic.

Top track: We Love The Dead

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