DEVIL ELECTRIC Self-Titled Album Review.

Words El Jefe.

Doom. The name says it all. From the opening riff to Black Sabbath, to the heavier than heavy tones of bands like Electric Wizard and Monolord, it’s a genre defined by dark sounds, and heavy lyrical themes. The breadth of styles within the genre is also as extreme as the sounds. The vocals can range from upper register screams to gravelrash intestine shredding and the music from the dirtiest sludge to plain old heavy rock’n’roll shot through with blues licks. But I love it all, start to finish!

Enter Devil Electric! They’re a four-piece from Melbourne and have just punched heavy music fans everywhere right between the eyes with their self-titled debut. The sound is classic doom, but they’ve also managed to twist an age-old formula to their own perverted uses, and in turn created a distinctly unique collection of songs. Continue reading

ELECTRIC WIZARD ‘Time To Die’ Album Review.

Words Ian Hawkins.

Electric Wizard are not a band you would like to come across in a shady alleyway, unless one of you has drugs in your pocket and the other money. Dark, sinister and murderous tones flow over much of the bands work, and their latest effort Time To Die is clearly no exception.

With ultra-low tunings, ritualistic drums and all round sludgery, Electric Wizard have paved the way for a whole host of stoner / doom bands like Bongzilla and Reverend Bizarre to name just two, but none deliver with the same malicious intent as Electric Wizard.

Following four years after Black Masses, this new effort from Electric Wizard saw large amounts of legal wrangling from Rise Above Records, seeing the creation of the bands own label Witchfinder records, via Spinefarm Records. Whilst Jus Osborn, the brains behind Electric Wizard has long been listed as co-producer on previous records, Time To Die sees him producing under his own flag, with great results. Continue reading