- Electric Wizard
And the Birmingham trio was just getting started. Its 1998 EP "Supercoven" featured four songs in 50 minutes. It was followed by Dopethrone, the album with the best cover of 2000 (a van-art-style painting of Satan doing bong hits) and some of the most gut-churning low-end doom riffage since Fudge Tunnel's Hate Songs in E Minor. Now they're back with a sonic departure called Let Us Prey. First of all, some of the songs are actually fast. "We, the Undead" could be a lost Blue Cheer bootleg; "Night of the Shape" is a piano-and-drum-machine instrumental that wouldn't be out of place on Radiohead's Kid A. It probably goes without saying that Electric Wizard in concert might rip your ears right off your head. These guys are the future of seriously heavy underground metal.