Electric Wizard

Pre-Electric Wizard 1989-1994

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Although it won't hold much interest for non-Electric Wizard fanatics, this singular compilation provides a fascinating glimpse into the fast-changing interests and fortunes of a struggling underground band -- not to mention one which had to move backwards in order to move forward. Confused? By this we mean stylistically, since the earliest group incarnation represented here, Lord of Putrefaction, took the crusty death metal sound of their 1991 split release with Mortal Remains from contemporary influences such as Carcass, Bolt Thrower, and Celtic Frost; while the transitional Thy Grief Eternal clearly looked towards Cathedral or Paradise Lost for the gothic-tinged, epic death/doom of their 1992 demos; and, finally, the frugally named Eternal sought refuge in the pure, '70s inspired doom of Black Sabbath for their 1993 Lucifer's Children EP. Make sense now? To complicate matters a little further (or perhaps in attempt to correct the band's historical de-evolution), Pre-Electric Wizard sequences its ten tracks in reverse chronological order (Eternal, Thy Grief Eternal, Lord of Putrefaction), but, whatever their presentation, the one common trait shared by all is the consistency and conviction with which ever-present leader Jus Oborn and his cohorts delve into each, disparate style. At the same time, there are precious few moments that can compare with Electric Wizard's subsequent triumphs, so, as mentioned, it's best to leave this compilation for avowed fanatics of the Dorset bunch.

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