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Black Masses

Electric Wizard Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rise Above
  • ASIN: B0042AEOJW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Masters Of Hammer Horror Music 29 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Another wonderful offering from the overlords of psychedelic heavy rock. The UK's finest underground band just got even better.
Analogue in the extreme the strange production transports the listener back into a world of incense, Afghan coats and patchouli oil. "Black Mass", "Satyr IX" and "Scorpio Curse" are some of The Wizard's finest moments in years and much credit should be given to Jus Oborn for continuing to bring new elements into a sound which moves the band into a style all of their own.
As mentioned by another reviewer this album isn't instant and requires several listens before its crushing heaviness can really be appreciated. After that it's never off the turntable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not good enough 2 Feb 2011
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album churns and desouls and thats the idea i guess but it is far from their best, the production is messy with regards to percussion and i wouldnt have minded a better sound but i can accept the band released this to bleak us out.
The collection of songs is what matters and there are only a few brilliant ideas on display here, this is a let down in a distinguished career so far.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The new Wizard 30 Mar 2011
By Stoker
Format:Audio CD
I have been a huge fan of these guys since they first started and have made every effort to see them live as many times as possible. The interesting thing with their albums is each one sounds quite different in production and style to another. This changed slightly when the original line up split a few years back. We live, production wise sounded incredible though the songs were a bit dull in comparison to their early work. Witchcult today was brilliant and songwise is up there with Dopethrone, Let Us Prey, Fanatics etc... However, the mastering was so quiet it lost some of it's edge. Still...it could be turned up.

So, where to begin with Black Masses? Well, it's certainly the most drug addled,psychedelic and creepy record they have made in a while, but what is with the dreadful production?! Is it just me or does Liam Watson do the band no justice whatsoever on this album? Jus Oborn is clearly more talented when it comes to production and captures the bands sound perfectly. So why bother hiring anyone else? Early Wizard was raw and HEAVY. This album has so much tinkering, guitar effects and overdubs it sounds like a bit of a mess. And it isnt really that heavy.(It pains me to write this. I love this band the way I love Sabbath) The drums are also inaudible. The sloppy playing really isnt that good, so it's not a huge shame, it would just be nice to feel some sense of rhythm when your listing to it.

The riff to Nightchild is huge. However it drags on and doesnt take you to those magical places the original trio seemed so effortlessly to do.
(Witchcult today manged this and in my opinion is one of the best records they have ever recorded, so whats going on here?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
We're doomed I tell ye, doomed! By doom metal that is.

Do you like early Black Sabbath, especially the first two albums? Do you also like contemporary psych such as The Warlocks? Finally do you like what used to be known as "heavy metal"?

If the answer to any of these questions is "YES" then you'll probably love this band and album. If the answer to any 2 questions is "YES" then you will love them. If the answer to all 3 questions is "YES" then you will probably have this album already. If not then buy it to see what you're missing.

There are eight tracks, spread over a double vinyl album or 1 CD (unless buying the down-load of course), only one of which is under 6 minutes (and then only just), all being slow and what non-genre fans would consider ponderous, with lots of wah-wah, fuzz and distortion, thus making for a very satisfying heavy psychedelic experience indeed.

I nearly forgot to mention that the double vinyl LP package is brilliant - 180g coloured vinyl (there's a choice of colours on the record company site but I suppose it's pot luck in other places - mine was blue and purple swirls). The LPs come in a nice gatefold sleeve (nice cover!) with full colour card inners bearing lyrics, images (including X rated) and acknowledgements (the latter including Pentagram, Venom, The Pretty Things, Alice Cooper, Slayer and Priest).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to deliver 17 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
There's not really a great deal to recommend Black Masses. The riffs are pretty lame, and no amount of distortion and tinkering with the production can disguise it. I tried really hard to like it but in the end it sort of dissolves into one long sludge-fest. I've not tried any of Electric Wizard's earlier output but the consensus seems to be that it's better, so if you've not bought them before, don't get this, go for an earlier one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Album From The Doom Stoner Masters. 18 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
You know what to get with Electric Wizard and although not as heavy as previous albums this is still a great album for Electric Wizards fans to get their teeth into. The tracks that stand out for me are "The Nightchild" "Patterns of Evil" and "Satyr IX".
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