by Ian Chainey
Time to Die cover art
UK doomers Electric Wizard have unveiled the first song from their forthcoming album Time to Die. Titled "I Am Nothing," the track quickly showcases the next guitar tone bands will be working towards emulating. It recalls the bassy onslaught of their classic Dopethrone, while adding all kinds of grit and filth into the growl. The song itself is an 11-minute trudge through the Wizard's patented formula of Hammer Horror-derived ominousness fused to a crawling, biker boogie groove and feedback-soaked psych. Singer/guitarist's pained wails of "I am nothing/you are nothing" complete the track's descent into nihilistic nuttiness.
Time to Die, the band's eighth long-player and first since 2010's Black Masses, is due out on Spinefarm Records on September 30. Said Jus regarding the album's theme, "All of our albums in the past have had a theme -- revenge, drugs, black magick -- and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle -- it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger." While a tour to support the new record hasn't been announced, Electric Wizard will be playing the Euro festival circuit this fall.
All of the dates are listed, along with the "I Am Nothing" stream, below...
Electric Wizard - 2014 Tour Dates
July 3 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival (Arena Stage)
July 4 - Knebworth Park, UK - Sonisphere (Stage headline)
August 16 - London, UK - Jabberwocky (The Excel Centre)
September 12 - Valada, Portugal - Reverence Valada (headline w/Hawkwind)
October 10 - 12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Desert Fest