Black Masses (Rise Above / Metal Blade)
Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Aug. 26, 2011
Electric WizardBlack Masses (Metal Blade/Rise Above)
Catalog monolith Dopethrone (2000), epic UK sludge equal to all of stonerdom's unwashed bongs, overshadows most Electric Wizard dialogue, but Black Masses' analog distortion and druid doom flourishes in the massive psych drone of "Venus in Furs" and succeeding "The Night Child," 14 minutes combined. Ten-minute tar pit "Satyr IX" and others lack only the radioactive guitar pulse of "Turn Off Your Mind."