Witchcult Today

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Witchcult Today
Studio album by Electric Wizard
Released 12 November 2007
Recorded April–August 2007 at Toe Rag Studios in London, England
Genre Doom metal, stoner metal
Length 58:53
Label Rise Above Records (UK)
Candlelight Records (US)
Leaf Hound Records (Japan)
Producer Liam Watson
Electric Wizard chronology
We Live
(2004)
Witchcult Today
(2007)
Black Masses
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Cosmos Gaming (positive)[2]

Witchcult Today is the sixth studio album by English doom metal band Electric Wizard. It was recorded entirely on vintage 1970s equipment at Toe Rag Studios[3] and was released in November 2007. The sound of Witchcult Today was less harsh than preceding albums and Jus Oborn's vocals are much more prominent. It was the band's most well-received album in seven years.

The band's fascination with horror movies and writers continues here with "Satanic Rites of Drugula", a reference to the Hammer Studios horror film The Satanic Rites of Dracula, and "Dunwich", a reference to H.P. Lovecraft's short story The Dunwich Horror; also "Black Magic Rituals & Perversions (I. Frisson Des Vampires II. Zora)" makes reference to Jean Rollin film Le Frisson des Vampires (Shiver of the Vampires) and to Italian comic book character Zora the Vampire. Furthermore the album cover of "Witchcult Today" is edited from the poster for The Devil Rides Out and is reminiscent of a scene from the 1975 occult thriller Race with the Devil.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Witchcult Today" – 7:54
  2. "Dunwich" – 5:34
  3. "Satanic Rites of Drugula" – 6:06
  4. "Raptus" – 2:13
  5. "The Chosen Few" – 8:19
  6. "Torquemada '71" – 6:42
  7. "Black Magic Rituals & Perversions" – 11:01
    I. "Frisson Des Vampires"
    II. "Zora"
  8. "Saturnine" – 11:04
  9. "Raptus Reprise" – 2:21 (Japanese edition bonus track)

Personnel[edit]

  • Jus Oborn – guitar, vocals, sitar
  • Liz Buckingham – guitar, Hammond organ
  • Rob Al-Issa – bass
  • Shaun Rutter – drums
  • All lyrics – Jus Oborn
  • All music – Electric Wizard
  • Cover artwork – Jus Oborn
  • Produced, Mixed and Engineered by Liam Watson
  • Mastered by Noel Summerville

Release history[edit]

Year
Label
Format
Country
Out of Print?
Notes
2007
Rise Above
CD
UK
Yes
Limited black disc/foil sleeve version[4]
2007
Rise Above
CD
UK
No
Standard jewel case edition[5]
2007
Leaf Hound
CD
Japan
No
Includes bonus track
2007
Candlelight
CD
US
No
Standard jewel case edition
2007
Rise Above
2LP
UK
Yes
Special "die-hard" edition; includes screened poster and patch;
limited 500 copies (100 purple, 200 black/silver sparkle, 200 green)[6]
2007
Rise Above
2LP
UK
Yes
Limited 1500 copies (500 black, 500 clear, 500 silver/grey)[7]
2010
Rise Above
2LP
UK
No
"Black Edition", features slightly altered cover art. Non-Gatefold.

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