‘Witchcult Today’ is the sixth album by masters of doom – ELECTRIC WIZARD, and and was originally released in November 2007. The album was recorded entirely on vintage 1970′s equipment at Toe Rag Studios, and according to the label, the sound of ‘Witchcult Today’ was less harsh than preceding albums and Jus Oborn’s vocals are much more prominent. Upon its release, ‘Witchcult Today’ was said to be band’s most well-received album.
If you’re familiar with ELECTRIC WIZARD, you know that if there was an official definition for drugged-up devilish doom metal in the dictionary, ELECTRIC WIZARD may as well be the first synonym.
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The band’s fascination with horror movies and writers continues on ‘Witchcult Today’ with “Satanic Rites of Drugula”, a reference to the Hammer Studios horror film The Satanic Rites of Dracula, and “Dunwich“, a reference to H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Dunwich Horror; also “Black Magic Rituals & Perversions (I. Frisson Des Vampires II. Zora)” makes reference to Jean Rollin film Le Frisson des Vampires (Shiver of the Vampires) and to Italian comic book character Zora the Vampire. The album cover of ‘Witchcult Today’ is edited from the poster for The Devil Rides Out.
Don’t know that I’d consider myself an EW super-fan (a little too far on the dark side of the moon for me, and sometimes this particular kind of slow and sludge-y doom metal just puts me to sleep after a while), but there are definitely times when we’ll give ‘em a spin. At any rate, in its continued efforts to provide fans with the highest quality products, Metal Blade has gone ahead and packaged up a pretty cool gatefold, double vinyl release on ‘Witchcult Today’ as well as ‘Black Masses.’ Each album is packaged as a double LP gatefold with sleeves on 50/50 colored vinyl (cd re-issues are also available). ‘Witchcult Today’ two discs were pressed on silver/black and silver/clear, while ‘Black Masses’ is on purple/black and purple/silver.
Both albums are in limited edition quantities, so if this stuff grabs your fancy, we’d suggest heading on over to metalblade.com ASAP to go get your groove on.
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