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10/10 Nick Smith Customer review, 17th February 2014
The minute you drop the needle on this lysergic behemoth of a record the trance begins…you are hit in the face with a wall of monolithic fuzz and drum patterns that thump along like the relentless undead in a b-movie. Everything about this record screams of the occult, from the horror references (H.P. Lovecraft - Dunwich Horror, Jean Rollin - Les Frisson des Vampires and Arnaud d'Usseau - Psyhomania to name a few) to the specifically vintage 1970's amplification and recording techniques that were used. Many bands have attempted to capture the spirit and feel of what a late 70's record would have sounded like and for the most part they fail, easily too clinical, too clean, over produced or far from "authentic". Not the case with Dorset's finest offering "Witchcult Today", the overall sound is so reminiscent of the 70's you could be fooled in thinking you have unearthed a classic retro masterpiece on first listen. Dunwich emerges with a riff-laden mantra a la Pentagram or Sabbath, it has one catchy as hell hook complete with lyrics referencing the aforementioned H.P. Lovecraft story about the spawn of Satan rising "Child of Dunwich Rise, you have your fathers eye's, child of Dunwich rise, in the world that you despise". Satanic Rites of Drugula is a marijuana infused affair, starting with heavy feedback, increasing in intensity as the band "lock in" together and gradually work with what could be Electric Wizards finest musical creation since Dopethrone, it oozes refrain from letting the tempo speed up and makes use of the bands primitive style of playing. Again the lyrics "Count Drugula rise" reference the classic Hammer Horror cinema. Jus Oborn layers his vocals beautifully in a truly psychedelic disposition and pulls out some really nice licks Iommi would be proud of. Buy it! This record is full of fantastic nods to the 70's greats and cannot be faulted, even the presentation is first class. Cannot recommend this enough. Anton Lavey would be proud.
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