Few bands encapsulate the very essence of the genre that they are associated with quite like Electric Wizard do with the stoner/doom corner of metal. The self-confessed Black Sabbath worshippers from Dorset (their name taken from a mixture of two Black Sabbath songs) play a short string of dates in the UK this month, with Newcastle’s Riverside being one of the stop off’s on this particular tour.
For those not familiar with the band, think a Black Sabbath influence fuzzed up to the max and a big slab of bottom end rumblings applied for good measure. Smash these together with the bands’ love for a certain herb and intense doom-laden lyrical content, and you will be somewhere close to describing how Electric Wizard sound.
The band are widely considered to be pioneers of their craft. And their 2001 album, ‘Dopethrone’ is considered a landmark record within the realms of doom metal, and for many, metal as a whole. Throughout the course of the bands’ twenty-four-year career, spanning eight albums, the four-piece has stayed true to making evil, riff-laden metal anthems whilst their eye for iconography has been replicated by many bands that followed.
This, as a whole, is what makes the bands’ appearance in the area so special. Factor in the rarity that they play, and it becomes apparent why the Riverside show is a gig not to be missed for fans of the band, or more broadly, those who like their music heavy, malicious and featuring plenty of hulkinh riffs.
Electric Wizard plays Riverside, Newcastle on Saturday 19th August. Tickets, priced at £25.00 in advance, are available from riversidenewcastle.co.uk.