Dorian Gray wants to cheat death and live longer or better, like many a Faustian protagonist. Hero or anti-hero, it stems as much from fear of death as a genuine excitement to not want to lose all of life’s fleeting, delectable pleasure. Gray’s appetite for sensuality and experience was a bottomless well. The charm of life frozen as passing moments in time is ironically also part of the fuel that keeps the lamp fire burning, our souls the brief candle we don’t want to see snuffed out.
Electric Wizard have announced Time to Die as the title of their forthcoming studio album. These guys/gal know that the best thing to do is be thankful for what you’ve got and worked hard for, while knowing that potency of riffage is better than grasping at futility.
Time to Die is the eighth full-length offering from the masters of aural punishment and is testament to the fact that Electric Wizard continue to be the most uncompromisingly heavy, genuinely twisted and evil band in the world.
This will be the band’s first album release since signing a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.
Says Electric Wizard founding member, Jus Oborn:
“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.”
The artwork, once again created by Oborn, is an extension of that theme; this is further solidified by the LP gatefold image, which will be revealed soon.
Electric Wizard, having just played Hellfest in France, have the following festival appearances lined up for 2014, with more shows to be added:
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