Witchcult Today

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Witchcult Today
Witchcult Today.jpg
Studio album by Electric Wizard
Released20 November 2007[1]
StudioToe Rag Studios
GenreDoom metal, stoner metal
Length58:53
LabelRise Above Records (UK)
Candlelight Records (US)
Leaf Hound Records (Japan)
ProducerLiam Watson
Electric Wizard chronology
We Live
(2004)
Witchcult Today
(2007)
Black Masses
(2010)

Witchcult Today is the sixth studio album by English doom metal band Electric Wizard released on 20 November 2007.

Album information[edit]

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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Cosmos Gaming(positive)[3]

Reviews for Witchcult Today were mostly positive, with Thom Jurek of Allmusic writing "Musically, Electric Wizard inhabit the same basic world of stoner/doom/sludge they always have."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
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"
  • I. "Frisson Des Vampires"
  • II. "Zora"
11:01
8."Saturnine"11:04
Total length:58:53

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[5]
2007 Rise Above CD UK No Standard jewel case edition[6]
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)[7]
2007 Rise Above 2LP UK Yes Limited 1500 copies (500 black, 500 clear, 500 silver/grey)[8]
2010 Rise Above 2LP UK No "Black Edition", features slightly altered cover art. Non-Gatefold.

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