ELECTRIC WIZARD — We Live

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3.98 | 10 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 2004

Tracklist


1. Eko Eko Azarak: I. Invocation - II. Ritual (10:48)
2. We Live (7:47)
3. Flowers of Evil a.k.a. Malfiore (7:29)
4. Another Perfect Day? (8:04)
5. The Sun Has Turned to Black (6:25)
6. Saturn's Children (15:08)

Total Time: 55:44

Line-up/Musicians


- Jus Oborn / Guitars, Vocals, Lyrics
- Liz Buckingham / Guitars
- Rob Al-Issa / Bass
- Justin Greaves / Drums

About this release

Rise Above Records, June 28th, 2004

Vinyl edition bonus track: "Tutti I Colori del Buio" (roughly meaning "All (Was) The Color of Gloom"

Re-issued in 2006 with the bonus track "The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue" (4:58)

The sample in "We Live" is from the movie Psychomania (1973).

Recording information:

July 2003 at Chuckalumba Studios. Mastered at Turan Audio.

Identifiers:

Barcode (Text): 8 03341 14662 4
Barcode (String): 803341146624
Matrix / Runout: || CD || RISECD048P || 04186-7809 ||
Mastering SID Code: IFPI LV31
Mould SID Code: IFPI RZ17

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UMUR
"We Live" is the 5th full-length studio album by UK stoner/doom metal act Electric Wizard. The album was released through Rise Above Records in June 2004. Although it´s only been two years since the release of "Let Us Prey (2002)" there have been some quite radical changes in the band lineup, as both bassist Tim Bagshaw, and drummer Mark Greening have left Electric Wizard, leaving vocalist/guitarist Jus Oborn as the only remaining original member. The new lineup consists of Jus Oborn (vocals, guitars), Liz Buckingham (guitars), Rob Al-Issa (Bass), and Justin Greaves (drums), making Electric Wizard a four-piece for the first time.

Stylistically the music on "We Live" pretty much continue down the same psychadelic tinged stoner/doom metal path of "Let Us Prey (2002)" though. There´s still an occult and dark atmosphere about the music (which is also obvious from reading songtitles like "Flowers of Evil a.k.a. Malfiore" and "The Sun Has Turned to Black"), and the distinct underlying aggression is present too. The riffs are crushingly heavy, and the rhythm section follows suit. There´s also a hypnotic repetitive psychadelic element to the music which is quite prominent, so while the music features regular vers/chorus structures, it often goes beyond that, and presents the listener with something a bit more structurally loose.

"We Live" is generally a very organic sounding release. The performance of the music flows naturally, the sound production is raw, earthy and analogue tinged, and the material is well balanced between structure and jam oriented sections. The 10:48 minutes long opening "Eko Eko Azarak: I. Invocation - II. Ritual" is a good example of the more loose psychadelic side of the band´s music, while the dark, crushingly heavy, and occasionally quite aggressive side is well represented in tracks like the title track and "Flowers of Evil a.k.a. Malfiore". That´s truly doomy darkness, yet still with a psychadelic touch. It´s however more a "trip gone wrong" type of psychadelic touch rather than a happy "hippie flower power" touch. "Another Perfect Day?" is another interesting track, as it opens in a pretty fast-paced rock´n´roll oriented style and then drops to a crushingly heavy doom metal style in the middle. It´s not only good for the overall variation of the album, but also works really well within the particular track. "The Sun Has Turned to Black" and "Saturn's Children" close the album in slow doomy style, and it´s only during those two tracks that it sometimes gets too repetitive and monotone.

Upon conclusion "We Live" is yet another high quality stoner/doom metal release by Electric Wizard. It´s not as surprising or innovative as some of the group´s early releases, although the psychadelic element has become stronger, and has changed the band´s sound a bit, but you can´t deny strong and memorable songwriting, excellent musicianship, and a professional, organic, and raw sound production. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.
Warthur
Electric Wizard is dead, long live the Electric Wizard! With the rest of the Mark I lineup abandoning Jus Oborn after the acrimonious recording process of Let Us Prey, people were already writing the band's obituary, but Oborn was able to bring together a new lineup to create a new and intriguing album which reassured listeners that Electric Wizard were back on the right course.

The band's well-known fascination with cult pulp fiction and campy horror movies from yesteryear has thankfully survived the lineup change, and indeed seems to be pushed to the fore on this one, and on top of that the band seem to be playing more of a playful and fun style of doom metal than previously, adding a little groove to their formula and generally showing more energy than the massive, lethargic riffs of Dopethrone. The Electric Wizard which produced classics like that album and Come My Fanatics is gone, and We Live is convincing evidence that we're not going to get it back - but this new Electric Wizard is an interesting prospect in its own right.

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