We Live

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We Live
Studio album by Electric Wizard
Released 28 June 2004
Recorded July 2003 at Chuckalumba Studios in Dorset, England
Genre Doom metal, stoner metal
Length 54:59 (CD)
76:11 (LP reissue)
Label Rise Above
The Music Cartel (US)
Candlelight (US reissue)
JVC Victor (Japan)
Producer Jus Oborn
Mathieus Schneeberger
Electric Wizard chronology
Let Us Prey
(2002)
We Live
(2004)
Witchcult Today
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
MP3.com (Average)[2]

We Live is the fifth studio album by English doom metal band Electric Wizard. It is the first recorded with the band's second line-up. Due to the addition of second guitarist Liz Buckingham, the songs are more complex than their previous work.

Much was made of the acrimonious split between sole remaining member Jus Oborn and ex-members Mark Greening and Tim Bagshaw. Oborn has given few interviews since the original line-up split, but We Live is obviously something of a statement of intent for the band. They are named "The Electric Wizard" for the first time on the album cover, and "Electric Wizard II" in the booklet. The booklet also contains the statement: "My enemies, I fear not...but God protect me from my friends".

For this release, Electric Wizard continued to be inspired by horror movies. "Eko Eko Azarak" is the title of the first in a series of Japanese horror movies directed by Shimako Sato, while "Tutti I Colori Del Buio" and "Living Dead at Manchester Morgue" are named after a 1972 Sergio Martino movie and a 1974 Jorge Grau horror movie, respectively. Furthermore, the track "We Live" samples dialog from Don Sharp's 1973 horror film Psychomania.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Eko Eko Azarak" – 10:35
    I. "Invocation"
    II. "Ritual"
  2. "We Live" – 7:46
  3. "Flower of Evil (a.k.a. Malfiore)" – 7:29
  4. "Another Perfect Day?" – 7:51
  5. "The Sun Has Turned to Black" – 6:16
  6. "Saturn's Children" – 15:01

Extra songs included on reissues:

  1. "The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue" – 4:59 (appears as a bonus 7" on the 2006 vinyl reissue, and as an extra track on the 2006 CD reissue)
  2. "Tutti I Colori Del Buio" (All the Colors of the Dark ) – 16:13 (appears only on vinyl editions)

Personnel[edit]

  • Jus Oborn - guitar, vocals
  • Liz Buckingham - guitar
  • Rob Al-Issa - bass
  • Justin Greaves - drums
  • Tony R. - artwork
  • All Lyrics - Jus Oborn
  • All Music - Electric Wizard

Release history[edit]

Year
Label
Format
Country
Out of Print?
Notes
2004
Rise Above
CD
U.K.
Yes
2004
Rise Above
2LP
U.K.
Yes
Includes bonus track; limited 1000 copies on purple vinyl
2004
The Music Cartel
CD
U.S.
Yes
2004
JVC Victor
CD
Japan
Yes
2006
Rise Above
2LP+7"
U.K.
Yes
Includes 2 bonus tracks, 1 on a bonus 7";
limited 1000 copies (500 green, 500 black)
2006
Rise Above
DigiCD
U.K.
No
Remastered version; includes bonus track
2008
Candlelight
DigiCD
U.S.
No
Remastered version; includes bonus track

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