Saturday, January 27, 2007

ELECTRIC WIZARD

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England's ELECTRIC WIZARD is often referred to as "the heaviest band in the universe". Originally known as THY GRIEF ETERNAL, the band made its debut in 1993 on a split release with OUR HAUNTED KINGDOM (who would eventually become ORANGE GOBLIN), and issued their eponymous LP the following year. 1996's Come My Fanantics... is one of the stoner/doom genre's most beloved records, rivaled only by a handful of albums, including ELECTRIC WIZARD's own 2000 masterpiece, Dopethrone. The band changed directions slightly with 2002's Let Us Prey, focusing more on texture and ambience as opposed to sheer volume and distortion (though Let Us Prey is by no means a "mellow" album). 2004's We Live continued in a similar vein.

CHRONO.NAUT [EP] (1997)
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Chrono.Naut
is another Man's Ruin casualty (you'll see a lot of those on this blog), initially released as a standalone EP, and repackaged the same year as a split with ORANGE GOBLIN. "Phase I" is pretty standard fare, but I really dig "Phase II". Again, I hesitate to refer to ANYTHING by this band as "mellow", but it introduces a bit of a HAWKWIND influence and a spacey element that they'd experiment with later.

1. Chrono.Naut Phase I
2. Chrono.Naut Phase II (Chaos Revealed)

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SUPERCOVEN [EP] (1998)
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Supercoven
is another EP that was released during the four years between Come My Fanatics... and Dopethrone. There are two versions of this EP - this edition, and another that includes two additional tracks (the additional tracks are pointless. One is intentionally bad, and the other is a live performance that sounds like it was taken from someone's voicemail). The two tracks here are classic ELECTRIC WIZARD monoliths, hinting at the direction the band would take a year later on the classic Dopethrone.

1. Supercoven
2. Burnout

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LIVE AT THE STAR BAR (2002)
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Now is probably as good a time as any to point out that none of these are particularly good introductions to the greatness of ELECTRIC WIZARD. I highly recommend
Dopethrone to anyone who enjoys great hard rock, especially BLACK SABBATH, SAINT VITUS, and KYUSS. That said, this is a great performance, recorded in Atlanta, and kicks off with two classic Dopethrone songs.

1. Dopethrone
2. Funeralopolis
3. Interlude
4. The Chosen Few
5. Priestess of Mars
6. Return Trip

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know this is old and nobody may ever see it, but if this could be reupped I'd be grateful.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

oh I was talking about the live show being reupped, not the rest.

Cheers

Anonymous said...

I am Japanese who is reading from Japan. Here was discovered today. I want to listen to live at the star bar. I hope reupped please.

SAYONARA!

Anonymous said...

please put this up again

Anonymous said...

I never heard them perform Funeralopolis, Priestess of Mars or A Chosen Few. please, please put this up again, I am dying to hear it!

Graser said...

plz reupp the live show :)

DoomMantia849 said...

Could you please reupload this one?

Anonymous said...

how about I send you money and you put this up again?

Anonymous said...

reactivate pleeeease ???

Anonymous said...

Jack, can you post this again?

Anonymous said...

hey man,can you re-upload the live set? pleeeeeaase!!!

Anonymous said...

one of the newest pieces of cyber-archeology.... is dead... you must learn to live without it... my fanatics