Electric Wizard

Electric Wizard
Simon Poole (Drums [2012] [since 2014]), Clayton Burgess (Bass [since 2014], Satan's Satyrs, Terraset), Justin Oborn (Vocals, Guitar [since 1993], ex-Eternal, ex-Lord Of Putrefaction, ex-Thy Grief Eternal), Liz Buckingham (Guitar [since 2003], 13, ex-Sourvein), Justin Greaves (Drums [2003-2006], Iron Monkey, Hard To Swallow, Armour Of God, Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine, Crippled Black Phoenix, Borknagar, ex-Varukers), Glenn Charman (Bass [2012-2014]), Tas Danazoglou (Bass [2008-2012], Satan's Wrath, Great Coven, Eight Hands For Kali, Sabbah Navahthani), Tim Bagshaw (Bass [1993-2003], Ramesses, Serpentine Path), Rob Al-Issa (Bass [2003-2008]), Mark Greening (Drums, Keyboard [1993-2002] [2012-2014], Ramesses), Shaun Rutter (Drums [2006-2012])

Formed in Wimborne,Dorset, UK in 1993 in homage to vintage amplification, marijuana and Black Sabbath. Initially conceived as 1970s styled doom metal the sound quickly developed a more aggressive and heavier style drawing influences from early black metal, detroit garage, acid rock ,hardcore punk and even electronic music.

It was also due to rural isolation, drug abuse, police harassment and a general escalation in violent lifestyle and environment that this style developed and also spilled over into live performances and personalities. Yet despite these self-destructive tendencies (including poorly explained injuries, arrests, court appearances, the infamous debauched and demented US tours, alcoholism and the inevitable acrimonious and public line-up shuffles) and a perceived paranoiac media/industry unfriendly attitude, the band and their sound has risen to dominate and define the doom metal, stoner and sludge metal music scenes. They are now commonly referred to as 'the heaviest band in the world' with at least, three of their seven LPs widely recognised as genre benchmarks and heavy metal classics(1996's 'come my fanatics…', 2000's 'dopethrone' and 2007's 'witchcult today').

Also their lyrical and stylistic obsessions (the 70s, weed, horror films, the occult, HP Lovecraft, witchfinding, 70s porn, psychedelic art etc) have had an undeniable influence over modern doom metal and how it is perceived today. Electric Wizard are a modern day cult and phenomenon with an aggressive, fanatical and ever-growing fanbase. Their uncompromising style continues to inspire every new generation of disenfranchised long-haired dropout/stoner metalheads and seekers of extremity in music sick of genre raping 'product' spewed out for weak minds and feeble ears.


"That cult would never die till the stars came right again, and the secret priests would take great Cthulhu from His tomb to revive His subjects and resume His rule of earth. The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom. Meanwhile the cult, by appropriate rites, must keep alive the memory of those ancient ways and shadow forth the prophecy of their return." HPL "We demand total freedom for everybody! And we will not be stopped until we get it. We are bad. There’s only two kinds of people on the planet: those who make up the problem and those who make up the solution. WE ARE THE SOLUTION. We have no problems. Everything is free for everybody. Money sucks. Leaders suck. School sucks…..We don’t want it! Our program of rock and roll, dope and fucking in the streets is a program of total freedom for everyone. We are totally committed to carrying out our program. We breathe revolution. We are LSD driven total maniacs of the universe. We will do anything we can to drive people crazy out of their heads and into their bodies." from 'White Panther Statement 1968'