Sunday, April 29, 2018 – Electric Wizard, an English doom metal band, were in Los Angeles tonight and headlining the Wiltern Theater. I was familiar with their music and have only heard great things about these guys live. I arrived early to meet up with a close friend who’s close friends with the band (A big thanks to Andrew Labanaris). We were lucky enough to see Electric Wizard’s soundcheck. What a way to start the evening by watching them do a few songs before the show. Nice, loud, and heavy!
Now here is the odd part about tonight. During soundcheck they did test the back projectors that were appearing behind the band. Apparently, someone at the venue thought it was too much for the audience. Seems as though the projections were too adult and satanic in nature. I didn’t think things like this were censored these days. From what I understood they had to make a last minute edit to their projections since the venue did not agree. The video projections that were eventually used, were also stopped early in the show and replaced by alternate video clips that were much too safe. Unfortunately the band did not get to use that part of their show. Not cool.
Besides that, Electric Wizard killed it tonight. They had the Wiltern packed and began their set with “Witchcult Today.” I can see why these guys are so highly regarded in the doom metal scene. A very dark, Sabbathy sound which just naturally makes you head bang. They played songs like “Black Mass,” “See You in Hell,” “Incense For the Damned,” and “Dopethrone.” Perfect tunes for a Sunday evening.
Los Angeles was fortunate to be one of five cities of their US 2018 tour. On this run they hit Austin, TX and Los Angeles, CA. They will also hit San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and finish off in New York City. See full setlist and photos below.
Electric Wizard Setlist – April 29, 2018
Withcult Today | Black Mass | Return Trip | See You In Hell | Incense For The Damned | Satanic Rites of Drugula | Dopethrone | Chosen Few | Funeralopolis
– Maurice Nunez, Photojournalist for Go Venue Magazine [All photos by Maurice Nunez, otherwise noted]