Electric Wizard are a fascinating band-they play a slow, but heavy as fuck style of stoner doom that is best described as an acid trip gone horribly wrong. Lead singer Jus Oborne and company not only fog up your mind with some fuzzed out sounds, but they tell tales of rituals, madness and Satan. Some of the tales might be scary, but they are also fascinating.
Part of the appeal of the band is that they make music like Rob Zombie makes horror films: Campy and gory, yet compelling in a way that is disturbing. However, even at it’s most disturbing such as in the track ‘Black Magic Rituals & Perversions’, the songs are still incredibly listenable.
Because I hadn’t listened to this album in quite some time, I wasn’t sure how it would hold up today, especially in comparison to the band’s most recent album “Black Masses”. Happily, it holds up quite nicely and now I’m not even sure whether “Witchcult Today” or “Black Masses” is the better album. Both have amazing songs and are good in their own ways, so I leave that up to the reader to judge.
While the whole album is excellent and destined to become a classic (along with most of their other albums), highlight songs include: ‘Dunwich’, ‘Satanic Rites of Drugula’ and ‘Torquemada ’71′
If you’ve never heard “Witchcult Today” do yourself and pick the album up on vinyl when it releases on the 22nd. If you don’t have a record player, pick the CD or iTunes version up and prepare to have your mind blown by one of the best metal bands in existence today. For those who’ve never heard the band before, this is an excellent place to start.