Electric Wizard, one of the most successful and instantly recognizable (doom) metal bands of our times, have news for us! As announced on 17 April 2014, Dorset’s quartet are now signed to Spinefarm Records. A new album is being recorded by a fresh lineup, while concert dates are being announced.
Electric Wizard are currently recording their new album to be released by Spinefarm. “Toerag Studios in London was once again charged with capturing ‘The Sound’, and (encouragingly) words like ‘raw’, ‘hateful’ and ‘sickeningly heavy’ are being traded,” we are informed, and that can only raise a smile in fans.
Back in the fold after a nine-year absence is drummer Mark Greening, who also drummed on the band’s defining album, Dopethrone (and then joined the mighty Ramesses). The band also welcomes Clayton Burgess (Satan’s Satyrs) on bass.
Regarding the upcoming, still untitled album, singer/guitarist and mainman Jus Oborn says: “Our master plan is this. Real metal!! We stand for rebellion, we are with the kids; we fight, puke, smoke weed, etc… Electric Wizard is an entity, with its own history, its own symbols, its own iconography, and with this new album, we wanted to return to basic values. It’s primitive. We needed to claw it back down to the evil core – sex, drugs, violence, revolution… to go back to being a band that hung out and jammed hard. No teaching songs, just feeling them out. If you jam enough and you are on the same level – artistically, musically, whatever, you gotta be committed – then good music will happen. I totally believe that…”
Electric Wizard will make the following festival appearances in 2014, with more shows to be added:
2 May 2014- Temples Festival, Bristol, UK (headline)
20 June 2014- Hellfest, Clisson, France (Valley Stage headline)
3 July 2014- Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark (Arena Stage)
4 July 2014- Sonisphere, Knebworth Park, UK (stage headline)
16 August 2014- Jabberwocky, The Excel Centre, London, UK
12 September 2014- Reverence Valada, Portugal (headline with Hawkwind)
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