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One Of The Heaviest Sounds Around
on 4 December 2000
"When you get into one of these bands, there's only a couple of ways out-death, or a mental institution..." The intro to this CD sets the scene for an onslaught of bass, feedback and torpid mayhem. I wasn't hugely impressed on the first couple of listens, but that's usually a good sign as far as I'm concerned and, sure enough, the tunes (no that's not a typo) started to emerge. I've had the chorus to 'Vinum Sabbathi' lodged in my brain for the last week. The rest of the album has a similar delayed reaction, even the initially annoyingly protracted third song becomes worthwhile. As an established stoner fan, Electric Wizard to me are the masters of crafting head-crushing and enduring soundscapes out of deceptively simple musical components......