Electric Wizard – Let Us Prey

Electric Wizard
Let Us Prey

Electric Wizard is not a band for the faint of heart. This three-man band, made up of Jus Osborn (guitar/vocals), Tim Bagshaw (bass), and Mark Greening (drums), is a British powerhouse that has been assaulting the ears of doom metal fans for nearly 10 years now. The band has gained notoriety as one of the top in their genre for their ultra-heavy funeral dirge sound and psychedelic lyrics, yet they rarely perform live. Most doom devotees will have to be satisfied with their recordings, which are more than enough to leave even the most discriminating fans floored.
This year’s Let Us Prey is no exception, although it takes a slight departure from the Wizard’s usual style of thick, tuned-down guitar and slow-as-molasses riffs. On this outing, the band moves toward a more purely psychedelic sound, and, unlike some of the band’s other albums, the songs here are easy to differentiate from one another. Let Us Prey is faster paced than previous releases and even has a few new hooks here and there, but you won’t be disappointed. This is music that is meant to be cranked up to ear-bleeding levels and experienced with your whole body.
The vocals are distorted with a bunch of effects to the point of being indistinguishable, but after the first few minutes of Let Us Prey, it doesn’t matter anymore. The vocals aren’t intended to be understood, and they tend to melt right into the soundscape. “A Chosen Few” batters your brain from the first chord with pure sludge that numbs the brain, as do “Master of Alchemy,” “The Outsider,” and “Priestess of Mars.” These four songs offer more than a half hour of straight-on doom, and listeners will only be salivating for more. “We, The Undead” speeds things up for an earth-shattering romp through bona fide stoner rock, while the instrumental “Night of the Shape” throws in some eerie piano, violin, and effects that are reminiscent of a black-and-white B-movie thriller.
Even with only six tracks that clock in at less than an hour total length, Let Us Prey nearly knocks you unconscious and leaves you wondering what happened. For this, Electric Wizard truly earns their industry title as the “heaviest band around.” You will be pulled into the fold and mesmerized by Electric Wizard…and they won’t be gentle.