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Electric Wizard – Black Mass

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Electric Wizard – Black Mass

Been cranking up the brand new Electric Wizard the past few weeks, and I just cant seem to get enough of it. These British doom merchants have been out there blasting the dark space riffs  for the past fifteen years, but Black Mass is their most grooviest album to date.

 

Some of the most evil and eerie moments for your humble narrator….

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This is an older song by one of my favorite stoner rock bands ever Electric Wizard, and the track is called “Ivixor B”. This is 1:57 minutes of pure psychotic, evil sexiness my fellow droogs.

The first time I heard this song, I was totally enraptured by it’s middle eastern, doomy aura. I’ve never actually killed anyone before. Well that’s not entirley true, I did dream the other day that I knocked off that damn neighbor of mine who decides to keep his dog off leash in the courtyard. “Ivixor B” would be the song to have in the background after the bloody carnage is complete.

Turn off the lights, close your eyes, and really listen to this. You’ll get what I’m trying to convey.

This is another oldie but goodie. “Drive Fast, Take Chances” is done by San Francisco doom metal merchants Acid King. The first time I heard this, I was ironically driving and had to pull over to take it all in. “Drive Fast” sways, and grooves with the best of em’, but there’s a creepy, backwoods, Deliverance kind of feel to this. The secret ingredient is the vocals, as Lori has got one of the most soulful voices out there.

This song can be found on the classic gem Busse Woods. Probably the best of the batch on the late Mans Ruin Records catalogue. Acid King was, and sill is a great stoner rock treasure.

 

The Abominable Iron Sloth – The Id Will Overcome

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The Abominable Iron Sloth – The Id Will Overcome

Man this one hit me like a ton of bricks. This sludgy mass of stoner metal is done with pure, raw conviction. There are so many different styles I hear on The Id Will Overcome. From Sabbath, to Electric Wizard,  to Acid Rain, all of ‘em are put in a blender and spit out in this venomous form.

I love the production on this album. The sound is raw, loud, and rugged, but doesn’t end up meshing into a senseless wall of noise. I haven’t heard vocals this demented since Kirk Fisher’s (Buzzoven fame). This leads to the only minor complaint I have in bands of this ilk. The vocals can tend to be a bit over bearing by the time one gets to the end of the record. The guitar and bass sound on this though, is like a step out of the European stoner rock time machine circa 1998. The only thing that’s missing is the cowbell.

 

Top five Stoner Rock albums….

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Top five Stoner Rock albums….

I could go on and on about how great, and brilliant this genre is…but I wont. Instead, I present to you my top five Stoner Rock albums that one cannot live without: