Publication date: 22/06/2023
‘Electric Wizard is heavy, man – we don't sing about love and flowers.’ – Jus Oborn
In 1993, in the market town of Wimbone Minster in Dorset, England, the heaviest band in the world was born. Led by guitarist and singer Jus Oborn, Electric Wizard began as an untameable power trio.
They inhaled the iniquity of their lives and vomited it out in colossal waves of doom metal, synthesising the forbidding local landscape, biker culture, video-nasties, black magic rituals and titanic doses of psychedelics. In 1997 they released their revolutionary second album, Come My Fanatics… Then, after triumphant and calamitous tours of the USA and following the release of arguably the heaviest rock album ever recorded, 2000’s Dopethrone, Electric Wizard all but imploded, destroyed by the very reality they were fighting against.
However, when guitarist Liz Buckingham joined Oborn on guitar for We Live, they drew a magic circle around themselves in a new line-up that went on to explore deeper occult horrors on modern doom classic Witchcult Today onwards.
Come My Fanatics is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the subculture the band has absorbed and, in turn, created. From seventies exploitation cinema, through the writers of Weird Tales magazine and a panoply of the marginal and downright sinister, to the band’s own live ceremonial happenings – this is Electric Wizard’s world. We’re just dying in it.
Dan Franklin is a heavy music writer. Come My Fanatics is his second book. His first, Heavy: How Metal Changes the Way We See the World, was published in 2020.