'We Live' is the fifth record from soul-destroying metal band Electric Wizard, at this point on the fumes of doom after releasing 'Dopethrone' and its follow-up 'Let Us Prey'. This record has the same gruesome stoner precision, though it also marks a turning point for the band as backing players Mark Greening and Tim Bagshaw split, leading Jus Oborn to form the second generation of Electric Wizard -- and so the record's title is a defiant statement.
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10/10 Charlie Gregory 20th October 2014
Electric Wizard are one of the timeless icons of British music, with a career stretching over 20 years they have garnered critical acclaim and a cult-like following , only fitting considering some of the sources of singer/guitarist jus oborn's lyrical content. The majority of praise received by the wizard has always been directed towards their second and third albums, "come my fanatics..." And "dopethrone" remain to this day landmarks in not only doom, but music as a whole. Both of these albums , as well as their self titled debut , and fourth lp "let us prey" were written with all three of the original members , and after a split sent drummer mark greening and bassist Tim bagshaw to new pastures with ramesses , oborn continued with electric wizard , and under a new lineup including Justin greaves , ex drummer of the notorious iron monkey and Oborns wife, Liz buckingham of sourvein, "we live" was written as a statement of intent. In my opinion we live equals dopethrone , but for some reason it is always overshadowed and underrated, with previous and subsequent releases retaining popularity , but this album contains some of the wizards heaviest and darkest offerings to date, the title track could be made of sonic concrete, the sun has turned to black genuinely sounds like the end of this world, living dead at Manchester morgue is one of the fastest tracks to the bands name and is dripping with punk venom as well as signature weed fuelled doom, and Saturn's children is perhaps the most chillingly beautiful song this band has or will ever write. Buy this album , and roll a fat one.
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