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Electric Wizard: Time To Die

From NPR:
When Electric Wizard frontman Jus Oborn told The Quietus in January, “We are a perfect example of arrested development,” it was like a badge of honor, unwashed and fading on a denim jacket. Time To Die sounds right pissed, like occult freaks pounding destructive riffs into the grave — just the way an Electric Wizard album should. The psychedelic shift of Witchcult Today and Black Masses provides the jumping-off point here, with some Mellotron ramping up the spook factor (“Lucifer’s Slaves”) and even a little Alice Cooper choogle (“Funeral Of Your Mind”). Electric Wizard is still about the riff, but its members have more room to explore than ever. Take the 11-minute “I Am Nothing,” a gnarly funeral march with a two-note riff that launches some atmospheric fuzz between Oborn and guitarist Liz Buckingham. Mark Greening’s crisp yet meaty drum fills head up the track’s descent into swarming feedback, and we’re reminded why he was such a vital component of early Wizard. New bassist Clayton Burgess is a perfect fit here, a young freak from an older era who knows when to drive the ominous melody and when to back the riff (see also: “We Love The Dead”). It’s all a bit looser, giving the members of Electric Wizard more distinct voices, even if they’re just telling you, “We wanna get high before we die!”
Time To Die is out now on Spinefarm Records; check out “I Am Nothing” below.


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