Electric Wizard are back! This is their seventh full-length album for Rise Above Records and it doesn't disappoint at all. It is no surprise that Electric Wizard are legends within the Doom Metal scene as their albums are among the heaviest ever recorded, some say the HEAVIEST. Whenever you get a band like this, recording some of the most classic Doom Metal albums ever, most notably Come My Fanatics and Dopethrone, there is always going to be pressure placed on them to match those recordings. This can be very unfair of course but Electric Wizard have always done a damn good job over the years at remaining consistent. The last full length, Witchcult Today released in late 2007, show the band still had what it takes, and despite some reviewers claiming it was a patchy effort it still climbed to the top record list of many people in 2007, and its pretty obvious this album will do the same. A couple of elements on this album stand out, one is the progression in the songwriting that EW display on Black Masses; while they are still as heavy as ever, Jus Oborn and his cult show they have refined their style somewhat as the songs flow better than ever before. The other outstanding feature is the musicianship; Electric Wizard have never been the most technical band on the planet and they still are far from it, but the skill level has increased dramatically on this album. Riffs seems more precise and focused and the band as a whole seem to be locked into a tighter groove than ever before. The last element worth mentioning is the production, they still have that total analog, vintage sound but this time around, the production can only be described as "sleazy." If it is possible to make a sound that is like a smoke-filled room, they have done it with Black Masses, the songs have a hazy, smoky atmosphere and the production seems to push bong-smoke out of the speakers, thus making Black Masses their most atmospheric recording ever.' - Doommantia
Gatefold jacket with spot gloss finish!
Vinyl Color: LP 1: Purple/Black | LP 2: Purple/Silver (LTD To 1000)
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