Electric Wizard is a British Doom Metal
band formed in 1993. Their style is slow, heavy and fuzzy, with lyrics typically involving marijuana, the occult, witchcraft, HP Lovecraft
and horror films. They are generally considered one of the major bands of the stoner metal subgenre, though they also have sludge metal traits in their more aggressive material (such as Dopethrone
Initially, the band was a power trio consisting of vocalist/guitarist Jus Oborn, bassist Tim Bagshaw and drummer Mark Greening; in 2003, the latter two members left the band, leaving Oborn to recruit a new lineup, which included his wife, Liz Buckingham, as second guitarist.
- Jus Oborn - vocals, guitar
- Liz Buckingham - guitar
- Clayton Burgess - bass
- Shaun Rutter - drums
- Rob Al-Issa – bass
- Tim Bagshaw – bass
- Tasos "Tas" Danazoglou - bass
- Mark Greening – drums
- Justin Greaves – drums
- Electric Wizard, 1995
- Come My Fanatics..., 1997
- Dopethrone, 2000
- Let Us Prey, 2002
- We Live, 2004
- Witchcult Today, 2007
- Black Masses, 2010
- Time to Die, 2014
This band provides the following trope examples:
- After the End: A common lyrical theme, usually unspeakable horrors or more cynically, our own destructive tendencies as the culprit.
- Black Magic: Everything in "Vinum Sabbathi."
- Burn the Witch!: "I, The Witchfinder" mixes this with Cold-Blooded Torture.
- Crapsack World: Electric Wizard albums are bleak and chaotic, with apocalyptic lyrics growled through a wall of distortion. No shortage of drugs to go around while we wait, at least.
- Doom Metal
- Eldritch Abomination: The ancient Yuggoth mentioned in "Weird Tales" seems to be one of the sleeping and soon to be awoken variety.
- Epic Rocking - Most of their output.
- Heavy Mithril: In the midst of the omnipresent Lovecraft worship, there's the odd song on other pulp fantasy fiction with a sprinkle of horror movie soundbites.
- I Am the Band - Jus Oborn is the sole remaining founding member of the band.
- Mutually Assured Destruction: Where the death world on "Funerapolis" comes from.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness - On the border between 9 and 10. Some of their Come My Fanatics... material is said to border 10 and 11, making it among the only doom metal examples to do so.
- Self-Titled Album - As seen above. Adding more to this example, the album has a title track (so, Electric Wizard - "Electric Wizard", from Electric Wizard).
- Sampling: From Dopethrone and onward, many songs in their discography have small samples from movies or PSA's at the beginning.
- Shout-Out: Being a stoner doom band, Electric Wizard tends to have a lot of shout outs to stoner, grindhouse, and pulp fantasy fiction. "Barbarian" is a song about, you guessed it, Conan the Barbarian. "I, The Witchfinder" is about the old movie Mark of the Devil.
- The band's name comes from Black Sabbath - namely, by combining two of their song titles ("Electric Funeral" and "The Wizard").
- Signature Style: Loud, heavy riffs played slowly even by the genre's standards, with distorted, screamed shouts in a mix of Doom Sludge, with varying amounts of Psychedelic Rock.
- Start My Own: Tim Bagshaw and Serpentine Path. And Ramesses, which also featured Mark Greening. Subverted with Burgess and Satan's Satyrs, as the latter was around well before he joined Electric Wizard.
- Title Drop - Partial drop of the band name, from the very start of Barbarian, "the wizaaard!".
- Trope Codifier: For sludgy, stoner-influenced Doom Metal. Indeed, it's all but impossible to find a fan of the above genres that hasn't at least listened to more than one of their albums.