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5.0 out of 5 stars Electric Wizard At Their Best, 25 Dec 2006
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This review is from: Come My Fanatics/Electric Wizard (Audio CD)
My review will be mostly based on the main "Come My Fanatics" disc, but this offering also includes their s/t debut.

Along with 2001's "Dopethrone", Electric Wizard managed to carve out some of the best doom/stoner music of the 90's. I personally prefer "Come My Fanatics" as I believe it to be slightly more consistent and concise, but both albums are absolute essentials for both fans of the genre, and more generally fans of good old metal such as Sabbath and St Vitus.

The band kick things off with simplistic bliss - one big fuzzy note. The effect of this is unexpectedly powerful, instantly getting the adrenaline rushing and creating the inevitable sense of what's about to come. After some buildup play EW swamp the listener with a cascade of sumptuous bluesy riffs with that unmistakable low-end resonance. Return Trip is simply a fantastic opener, and the best of any EW album. It comprises everything a metal fan could want, big riffs, catchy hooks, solos, tempo changes...a real demonstration that this band is no second-rate act. They are the real deal.

After a characteristic vocal sample opening, Wizard in Black reveals its main riff, possibly the finest on the album, and the band knows it, they do not hesitate in repeating it. Which is a good thing - believe me. The song is typical classy EW, again mixing the big riffs with catchy choral lines and clever song writing, another instant winner. Continuing the theme of class comes Doom Mantia, an incredibly trippy number that slowly eases its way, flowing riff by riff into a gigantic wall of guitar fuzz and swirling vocal effects. This is THE song to rip a bong to ladies and gents. The final few minutes of Jus repeating the title with his underwater styled effects, backed by a huge ominous riff and pummelling drums is quite simply divine.

Ivixor B is a psychedelic break from the wall of fuzzy guitars, consisting of middle-eastern sounding vocals and some swimmy bass playing, and of course weird outer space synthesised effects. Things get back to style when Son of Nothing booms in with its very simple but mega heavy leading riff. While not quite up to the standards of previous tracks, it is still solid album material, and a song most other doom/stoner bands would die for. The chorus line of `baby, just maybe, we'll take you to the son of nothing' is intertwined with a lovely change of riff, very well executed. The album then closes with an instrumental track that is the weakest on the album, which isn't exactly shameful as the rest of it is outstanding.

The 2nd disc containing the bands s/t debut is considerably less stellar due to somewhat poor production and a lack of attack on the guitar tone. While it does have some moments of excellence such as the title track and Stone Magnet, you will spend much more time with "Come My Fanatics".

Overall this album is not just for fans of doom and stoner music. This is top notch metal in the 70s style - great riffs, fuzzy tones and ultimately infectious. You will struggle to find a better demonstration of this style of music.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mmmmmmmmmm good., 14 Sep 2002
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This review is from: Come My Fanatics/Electric Wizard (Audio CD)
For those who don't know, or haven't heared Electric Wizard, and are into Doom, metal, stoner or any extreme guitar stuff, this cd is a must.
Come My Fanatics is a filthily distorted mass of riffs and oppressively heavy psychedelics. The bass and guitar are hugely distorted and heavy, and the vocals are way back in the mix to create a more helpless, lost, spooky feel. The vocals, mind, aren't your typical screams/roaring metal vocalist, this guy could probably sing well if you asked him, but it just wouldn't suit te music.
The tunes average 8 mins and use repetition and psychedelics to ensnare the listener to listen on. Especially Ivixor B/Phase Inducer, which is an odd, effects laden instrumental with wailing female vocals and guitar effects.
In short this album is awesome: power, heaviness and doomy. Buy it.
With this cd you get their 1st album as a 2nd cd. If youre expecting more of the same Wiz stuff, think again. This was at a the stage where the band were finding their sound, and its just a straight forward doom album in the vein of early Orange Goblin or Cathedral. It is still a damn fine albym but lacks the ultra doom feel, intesity and just the sheer heaviness of Fanatics. Imagine they are a different band and you'll like this album more.
Overall a more than essential for any Electric Wizard/Doom/Metal fan who is longing for a fresh sound.(even though these albums were released in 94 & 96!)
Doom or be Doomed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting sounds !, 29 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Come My Fanatics/Electric Wizard (Audio CD)
nice to get a 'two-for-one' offer here ; actually, with reference to the back-cover, the two discs inside seem to be incorrectly numbered;
the sound seems another variant of ' black sabbath' style ; am intrigued enough to order further from the 'electric wizard' catalog...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...., 21 Mar 2003
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This review is from: Come My Fanatics/Electric Wizard (Audio CD)
Whilst their first album 'Electric WIzard' (included in this genius double-cd!) is pretty straight forward doom metal... good enough, but not legendary... 'Come My Fanatics' is an awesome recording!
It has the kind of heaviness that completely negates the need for fast licks, or frilly fills, combined with some madcap psychedelia of the truly random (and therefore loveable) variety.
The best way I can describe it would be as the way that Black Sabbath would have sounded... had Syd Barret possessed Tony Iomni's soul during the making of 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'.
If that's not praise, what is? Full marks...
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5.0 out of 5 stars heavy, 12 Dec 2005
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so heavy, so good. honestly this is realy worth getting.
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