BLACK MASSES

black-masses

Black Masses is the seventh studio album by English doom metal band Electric Wizard, released on November 1, 2010. It is the band’s only album with bassist Tas Danazoglou.
Jus Oborn described the album as a “continuation of Witchcult Today in many respects,” although he also sees it as part of a lineage composed of Come My Fanatics…, Supercoven, Dopethrone, and Witchcult Today. However, he does draw a contrast between Black Masses and Witchcult Today in that he views the former as “violent, aggressive” and the latter as “mellow and alluring”.
“Venus in Furs” is based on the book of the same name by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch; however, the song made references to the film of the same name by Jesús Franco. As Oborn notes, “Venus in Furs” is “about evil women. Every song on the album is a meditation on a different type of evil. When you say the term ‘Venus in furs,’ people get the image in their mind of a dominant female. So that’s our ‘evil woman’ song. It’s a classic doom theme.”
This is their first album since Electric Wizard to not feature a song longer than 10 minutes in length, although the fifth track, “Satyr IX”, is close to the mark, clocking in at 9:58.

1. “Black Mass” – 6:06
2. “Venus in Furs” – 6:22
3. “The Nightchild” – 8:02
4. “Patterns of Evil” – 6:30
5. “Satyr IX” – 9:58
6. “Turn Off Your Mind” – 5:51
7. “Scorpio Curse” – 7:31
8. “Crypt of Drugula” – 8:49

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