"Dopethrone" (Rise Above; 2000)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Stoner rock. Heavy metal sludge. Smokey and slow. Brooding, deep, doomy. I could go on but you'd probably be reaching for a sharp object in a few minutes. I take that back, you'd be reaching for a bong. Since Electric Wizard are stoner rock and note that this disc started the whole stoner rock subculture in England back in 2000, this release is hailed as a benchmark for those who came after. This lot of tokers sing about the occult, horror and Mary Jane. The album cover should be a half baked giveaway.

The vocals are distorted, the guitar is fuzzier than the shag carpet at your "weird" uncles house and you can hear someone in the background causing the water to bubble, if you know what I mean. This disc reminds me of Black Sabbath slowed down even more than normal. It creeps along ... it's coming for you ... it's got you...

Electric Wizard: Jus Oborn - guitar, vocals, effects; Tim Bagshaw - bass, effects; Mark Greening - drums.

For more information http://www.myspace.com/electricwizarddorsetdoom.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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