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Electric Wizard: Let Us Prey

As if in response to some fevered, eldritch prayer, Brit doom gods Electric Wizard have favored their children with seven new tracks that crackle with sinister energy, bearing names that homage the masters of pulp fiction and film: "The Outsider" (H.P. Lovecraft, of course!), "Priestess of Mars" (E.R. Burroughs), "House of Whipcord" (a notorious women-in-prison/fetish flick that sounds better than it is), and on we go, merrily bubbling at the bhang.

Over their last few albums, particularly on Dopethrone, EW have somewhat stowed the psychedelic heavy doom component that made their eponymous debut a true cult classic, burying the ever-more-distorted vocal content under billowing clouds of dirt and screeching feedback, blurring the boundaries between doom and noise, enacting a kind of Brutal Truth/Godflesh monotony of riffs that repeat and fold back on one another ad nauseum. While "Devil's Bride" will always find that soft spot in my heart, the new material is worming its way in. Strongly recommended.

Added: May 2nd 2002
Reviewer: Alex S. Johnson
Related Link: The Music Cartel
Hits: 4595
Language: english

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