Standing at the cross roads of blue, rock, and psychedelic is the Melbourne rock quartet Devil Electric. The band first debuted in 2016 and gained a sizable following among stoner, psych, a doom fans with “The Gods Below.” This 4 track fuzzedelic blues EP full was of bluesy vocals done by Pierina O’Brien and heavy riffs laid down by Christos Athanasias- Guitars, Tom Hulse -Bass, Vocals, and Mark Van De Beek- Drums. Encouraged by the fans response Melbourne’s Devil Electric is preparing to release its 2nd release; their debut “Self Titled” Full Length on Germany’s Kozmik Artifactz Records.
When describing the bands 2nd album Tom Hulse, the bands bassist, backing vocalist and co writer said in the album press release “Lady Velvet” was written with the idea of painting a picture at the forefront. I wanted to create images and draw a theme in the listeners mind within the first few lines, touching on opposing forces and building a character. The song is about the push and shove of relationships we experience with the world both on a human level and a fictional/dramatized one. There’s always light and shade in life and when you run your hand across velvet you can see it change in color and form, reflecting just that in a material form.”
After listening to this album several times now I’d say Tom Hulse did a pretty good job describing both the song Lady Velvet and the entire album both lyrically and musically. While the band is most definitely rock they take a different approach to heavy rock than some bands. Throughout Devil Electric, Pierina’s bluesy vocal style adds a dark element to the music as Tom, Christos, and Mark lay down the psychedelic heavy blues rock. This are showcased especially in the instrumentals ‘Monolith’ and ‘Lilith.’ The songs I like most from the Devil Electric album are ‘Lady Velvet,’ ‘Acidic Fire,’ ‘The Sacred Machine’ and most of all ‘Hypnotica’ as Pierina vocals really cuts loose.
Devil Electric will be released digitally, on CD and vinyl on August, 11th, 2017 and is available for per-order right NOW. If you are a fan of Graveyard, Kadavar, The Dead Weather, Blues Pills, The Well, Electric Citizen, Black Sabbath you may like this band. Don’t be afraid to comment and share our posts with your friends. Strongly Recommend!!
Necio Records – CD // Kozmik Artifactz – Vinyl // DD
Album Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr
Location – Córdoba, Argentina
Band Members – Bass: Juan Pablo Lucco Borlera (Orighen) // Drums: José Landin (S.A.D.E. – Fahrenheit – It Will Be the End) //
Guitar: Mauricio Condon (Pieles)
This first offering from IAH, a three piece outfit brought together, each with a pedigree of previous bands, and they have created something that shines bright from first note to last. Four tracks of instrumental bliss that the band has tagged as a combination of ambient/post-rock/stoner/metal siphoned through an experimental filter. An intriguing descriptor for sure and these are 25 minutes of some of the most coherent meanderings yet to throw those tags together.
Opening track ‘Cabalgan Los Cielos’ (Ride The Skies) has an almost-hidden fade in the beginning three seconds before the band enters with a nice even paced walk of resonating clear notes carried by a lumbering-thick bass line and a cadence from the drum-kit that fits perfectly. By the time the first power chord rings out at 1:40, you are already hooked for the ride and the smile that creeps across your face is one of sonic satiation. The spaced out flow for the duration is seamless from clear notes to distorted screams and back again as you can feel the twists and turns through the atmospheric coursing painted.
The last section shows that they can get as fast and hammering as the next, and are not afraid to do it to the fullest extent possible and then shifting back to that doom-heavy slowness and over-modulated purity of power, a slow-fading digital echo taking us into ‘Ouroboros’ with an almost spaghetti-western tone and progression. Taps of cymbal ringing softly until another hit of snare and we’re off for the next round of instrumental hypnosis that has as many twists and turns and fills that feed off of each time shift effortlessly punctuating that this band as a unit are exactly the same page and give the same 200% lacking with too many.
‘Stolas’ (Clothing) has a nice jazz-tempo beginning, those clear notes with a slight reverb edge tickle your ears as the time signature makes your fingers tap along involuntarily as the sing-song/stop and go tempo becomes your pulse as you move right along with every note, each speaking every word, never said but still heard. Each member is as solid as stone and flex and flow perfectly, never dropping a second and still maintaining that ‘live-in-the-studio’ feel that lets IAH deliver the goods. Closer ‘Eclipsum’ hits hard and heavy, thick and heavy from the first second and shows even MORE of the syncopational unity these three represent.
This EP had been released in January 2017 and there are two extra tracks available via the band’s bandcamp page. ‘La piedra que sujeta el sol’ (The Stone That Holds The Sun) that listens as the perfect “next song” after the end of ‘Eclipsum’ and is even MORE raw and ‘live’ sounding giving a majesty to their soundscape and when ‘Nuboj’ begins with those harmonic muted tones ringing out followed by the clarity of that sound of brand-new strings permeates the air, you can almost smell the difference and the next seven plus minutes wrap the entire take together with the ultimate mix of heavy and harmonic. Get ALL six of these songs in your library the very second you find them and share out to each person you come in contact with as they NEED to hear this as badly as you do even now and support them live if you get the chance… keep it LOUD!!
Kozmik Artifactz Records (Europe) and STB Records (US) on June 9th – Vinyl // CD
DD – releases May 19, 2017
Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr
Formed – Fall of 2010
Hometown – Kingston, NY
Current Lineup – Richie (b) / Charles (d) / Pat (g+v)
Previous Releases –
“Electrically Recorded Handmade Heavy Blues” (2013) / “Live Full Tilt Boogie” (July 2014) / “Gage” (Sept 2014) / “Long Dull Knife” – digital single (2015) / “S/T” (2016)
REVIEW: Self described as “Cosmic Stoner Blues” comprised of “Heavy Psychedelic Riff Rock”, this three piece powerhouse is about to blow your mind and speakers in one fell swoop with this latest release of five separate compositions that stand alone and even better as a complete package. For the next 39 minutes of smoke filled vocal lamentations with a guitar slide so smooth, you can hear the blue in the glass as the bottom end rumble gives you that ‘body’ to close your eyes and roll along with each moment, taken along with all of the leading pace of this heavy-hit drumline that has enough perfectly timed fills to satiate the most veracious headbanger.
Jumping out of the gate with a SLAMMING cover of NAZARETH favorite ‘Hair Of The Dog’, GEEZER let us know they are in fine form and ready to kill with this record. Even the lead break is done in true GEEZER fashion foregoing the talk-box for more subtle phrasing and phase shifting to traverse the even darker zone to the anthemic end chorus with a full on power chord finish before the soft, slow fade into ‘Stressknots’ with a low end rumble packed with power punch until a pause…”Big apple sky dreams, make way for lesser things…” and the tone is set for the remainder of what represents the finest work so far with a sense of power and precision brought to the table to delight the faithful and pummel the unknowing with a mastery that has been gained by time spent perfecting their craft.
The slow spaced-out fade in of title track ‘Psychoriffadelia’ belies the crushing intent that hits HARD at just under two minutes when the slow-flow tempo takes hold over the SIK-solo laden body of this song.
For 10+ minutes the most delectable notes cascade over each other in the languishing flow of stoner bliss, all the way through the ending that slides effortlessly into ‘Red Hook’ with that smooth as glass transitional repeating note that lends itself right into the melody before that beautiful slide comes back accenting the flavors melting together in your mind. Soft, plush and warming in delivery, this is sand as the summation of a lifetime, in that haunting, delay strewn delivery “I don’t wanna leave, the time ain’t right, got nothing left to put up a fight…”, you feel that grip in your chest and it is perfection. From the endless fade out to the power-keyed fade in of ‘Dirty Penny’ the final shifting of gears is here and there is so much fuzzed-out wah-pedaled thickness in your face as that blues-body is filled with the might of power that these three slather on from head to toe and beyond as “Dirty Penny gets it right every time…”
The production of this in arrangements, clarity of each mix, stepped up production values and even the running order is amazing and allows ‘Psychoriffadelia’ to shine as the diamondin GEEZER’s catalog to this point. BUY THIS RECORD the second you can, share it with everybody and go out and support them LIVE if you get the chance…and keep it LOUD!!