Electric Wizard - "Dopethrone" (The Music Cartel 2000, TMC44CD)
From Aural Innovations #16 (June 2001)
Well, what can you say... I think these guys finally smoked too much dope. Yes. It is very heavy and moves like sludge, but does it move you musically, it does not. I quite liked the first two records by these guys but this has gone a bit too far and the production is so thick that the vocals barely break through the sludge to surface. Wow. The lyrics are very dark, evil, nasty and violent. I think some people will dig this for its heaviness but I think this release really fails to hold my interest and only gets more boring the more I listen to it. I hope the band try to mix in something different in the next heavy sludge effort.
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Reviewed by Scott Heller