ELEC­TRIC WIZ­ARD

Devon’s doom dis­pensers are switch­ing up the for­mula

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Contents - Words: Matt Mills

The doom met­allers in­vite us into their new stu­dio to go into the void on al­bum num­ber nine.

in the fi­nal

weeks be­fore the re­lease of their ninth al­bum, Wiz­ard Bloody Wiz­ard, it’s clear that sludgy Brits Elec­tric Wiz­ard are a dif­fer­ent band from when they last en­tered the stu­dio. They’ve got a new, home-built record­ing space, a new rhythm sec­tion and a new sound, so we asked front­man Jus Oborn to help us un­ravel the mysteries of their enig­matic next step.

WHY DID YOU NEED YOUR OWN STU­DIO FOR THIS AL­BUM?

“I’ve al­ways wanted to record my own mu­sic in­stead of trust­ing some­body else to do it. Af­ter pro­duc­ing a few things my­self, I started to see that there was a way that I could get a stu­dio. I was just wait­ing for room and costs to come down.”

ORIG­I­NALLY, WIZ­ARD BLOODY WIZ­ARD HAD THE LOOSE RE­LEASE DATE OF AU­TUMN 2016. WAS IT MAK­ING THE STU­DIO THAT CAUSED THE DE­LAY, OR SOME­THING ELSE?

“Learn­ing how to use the equip­ment took for­ever. Then there’s the cost of tape ma­chines: I recorded it on ana­logue tape, and tape ma­chines are old and a bit tem­per­a­men­tal, ha ha! Un­less you’ve been an ex­pert for years, it’s quite easy to fuck it up! But I don’t want to con­struct my mu­sic af­ter the fact or be able to edit it. I like the raw­ness of get­ting it onto tape.”

YOU’VE SAID THIS AL­BUM WILL BE LESS METAL AND MORE BLUESY AND AT­MO­SPHERIC. WHAT MADE YOU GO WITH THAT CHANGE?

“I think we may have become formulaic at one point. We’re try­ing to move away from that. We’re just writ­ing songs in an orig­i­nal way, jam­ming with new rhythms and sounds, rather than try­ing to imag­ine the fin­ished song. I like the idea of at­tack­ing blues again, to rein­ter­pret it.”

DID YOU AC­TIVELY SEARCH FOR A DIF­FER­ENT SOUND?

“I think the last al­bum was our fi­nal say in that style. There was a sub­con­scious shift as well – with the new lineup we’ve got a much bet­ter rhythm sec­tion and a lot more go­ing on. It added a new di­men­sion to the song­writ­ing.”

THE TI­TLE SOUNDS LIKE A BLACK SAB­BATH HOMAGE…

“It’s definitely an homage, but it’s also a state­ment: We are the Wiz­ard. We’re fuck­ing here. We ain’t dead yet! Ha ha!”

“WE GOT TOO FORMULAIC”

Jus Oborn is Break­ing out of the Wiz­ard Mould

WIZ­ARD BLOODY WIZ­ARD IS OUT OC­TO­BER 20 VIA WITCHFINDER

The al­bum was de­layed be­cause Jus had to get his head around all his new toys – er, we mean equip­ment

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