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Witchcult Today is the sixth album by Electric Wizard. It was recorded entirely on vintage 1970's equipment at Toe Rag Studios and was originally released in November 2007. The sound of Witchcult Today was less harsh than preceeding albums and Jus Osborn's vocals are much more prominent. Upon its release, Witchcult Today was the band's most well-received album.

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B007R3B21Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The superb English doomsters Electric Wizard are back with another monstrous slab of slow, brain bludgeoning riffs and grooves, fuzzed to the extreme and laced in sumptuous psychedelic overtones. Essentially, doom metal doesn't get any better than Electric Wizard. Past releases such as "Come My Fanatics" and their generally regarded peak, "Dopethrone" slay the rest of the doom/stoner metal field. While recent albums such as "Let Us Prey" and "We Live" are outstanding works when compared to the hundreds of lacking bands in the genre, the new line-up (new from "We Live") needed something to surge them back to old form. "Witchcult Today" does exactly that.

There is not a second wasted on "Witchcult Today". Like "Dopethrone" and "Come My Fanatics" I can just spin the album without ever wanting to skip. The one-two punch of the title track and "Dunwich" is blistering, with the title track flowing through various powerful grooves, riffs and an infectious chorus. "Dunwich" picks up the pace a little, again blasting through superb riffs and another excellent vocal melody in the chorus. Thankfully the band decided to keep this relatively up-tempo song at a reasonable pace, something disregarded in the last two albums with two overly fast tracks that just sounded messy and out of place. Slow brooding doom is what the band does best, and it doesn't get much better than "The Chosen Few". The songs menaces its way classic EW riffs and culminates with a haunting vocal harmony laced with one of the album's most infectious riffs. "Torquemada 71" reminds me of "We Hate You" from "Dopethrone" thanks to its simplicity and resulting accessibility. My favourite riff on the album and an equally compelling chorus hook makes this song the album's would-be lead single...
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if you can count old Vincent Price movies as a musical influence, you will LOVE Electric Wizard! In my cobweb-covered, black candle burning opinion, "Witchcult Today" is one of the best releases of 2007. Doom on!
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very psychedelic, very 70s, very Sabbath, very Argento, very Vince Price, Electric Wizard is not only a Metal band, they are an artform a captivating trip thru darkness, full of british pride, the unique stoner rock charm they play is fascinating, you get immerse in a dark cloud into obscurity, density have been lost a little but this have been changed for a more 70s rock vibe, more in the mood of a Sabbath era "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" but slower and darker much more. Miss Buckingham provides too a great second guitar it was a good idea her addition.

Get this great album you will be plenty pleased

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Often considered the godfathers of doom metal, Electric Wizard are heavier than heavy. If Spinal Tap's amps went up to 11, Electric Wizard's sound like they go up to 13. If you're into having your eardrums nearly shattered with every note, by all means get this album. While not as approachable as its follow-up, Black Masses, Witchcult Today is an excellent jumping-on point if you're interested in the music of Electric Wizard.

My favorite tracks are "Dunwich," "The Chosen Few," and "Saturnine." To me, they lean more towards the rock end of the doom metal spectrum while the rest of the album leans more towards drone and heavy psychedelic. Probably not the best album to listen to late, late at night with nothing but candles to light the room...unless you're into that kind of thing.
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By K.I.B. on January 27, 2009
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There is an old rule...actually, it is more like a law, that under no circumstance should persons, neither patrons nor artisans, of the doom metal lineage be allowed to have fun. Doom is to be sorrowful, affiliated with the bleak side of life, and dreadfully, dreadfully serious. That is why I started to worry myself when I began associating myself with that Electric Wizard crowd. Not only did these boys and girl want me to get high with them off of a reefer, but then they wanted me to sing along to their music too...we were having a lot of doom-related fun; it makes me sick. And that wretched album "Witchcult Today" seems to be where they hang out.

Electric Wizard have for over a decade now straddled the fence between oppressive doom metal and groove-laden stoner rock. The overall density and pace (slow and slower) has kept them more firmly rooted in the doom camp, but on "Witchcult Today" they have perfected the art of making evil riffs that one can strut to.

I can think of very few albums that are both extremely heavy and extremely catchy. One that stand outs in my mind is "Welcome to Sky Valley" by Kyuss...other than that I really have to dig deep in the catalog of my mind to find something comparable to "Witchcult Today". But would I say that these albums sound anything alike? Not at all. "Witchcult Today" finds Electric Wizard making songs that are awfully heavy and terribly catchy. The riffs find a sonic groove and then go into repeat, causing an uncontrollable bobbing motion of the listener's head. Over this Jus Osborne sings some damn memorable tunes. No matter which way you look at it, "Witchcult Today" is a winner. The cool riffs never let up and the song itself never gets boring.
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