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Devil Electric release self-titled debut album


Devil Electric release self-titled debut album

Reviewed by: Craig Grant. Melbourne four piece Devil Electric have realised their debut album and it’s a work of art, mixing vintage with straight up sludge. The band have been around since 2015 and have plied their trade playing riff heavy, fuzzed out rock. Their sound is somewhere between Kadavar and Kyuss but the Devil Electric spin is that the vocals are provided by Pierina O’Brien and that’s what takes this album into new territory. Sure there are other female fronted bands in this space but take a listen and you will know what I mean. I’m not alone in that opinion either. The album debuted at #4 on the Australian independent charts, was Bandcamp’s Global Album of the day and was the feature album of Rolling Stone Australia. So apart from the haunting and evocative vocals from Pierina, what is so good about this album?

That’s a pretty simple question to answer. This nine track album, all gone in less than forty minutes, is true to itself, playing well-worn doom/sludge but somehow injecting it with a soul and a warmth that runs through all of the tracks. Did I also mention that the vocal performance on all of the tracks is stellar? This is an album that needs to be on vinyl and the good news is you can get that option so your neighbours can enjoy Devil Electric as well.

The album starts fairly sedately with Monologue but what you do hear is a soaring vocal and a great mix that brings the growl but keeps it all clean. As openings go it’s all good but it doesn’t signal what we are in for. Next track, Shadowman, is a meaty, chunky track that is like a death threat set to music. The mix pulls the vocals forward but you can hear the layers building and droning under the lyric. By the third track, Lady Velvet, your Spidey-senses should be tingling telling you that you are listening to a well thought album, that’s been put together with some smarts and performed by a band that clearly know what they are all about. This is a monster of a track and about half way through it goes into a chug-fest followed by a lead guitar and vocal fight to the finish. Awesome track.

For you folk that like to dip the digital needle I’ll give you two tracks that you might want to check out before making the inevitable decision to buy this album. Monolith is an instrumental track that is like the music they play in movies where everything has gone to shit and you are sitting there wondering what just happened as the credits roll. This track tells us that there is depth to the band, beyond the vocals, and it’s an impressive track. After a dearth of albums in the market with delayed-jangling guitars from bands calling themselves prog, we are treated to this roaring gem. The second track for you to check out is the last one on the album and it’s called Hypnotica. Big riffs, soaring vocals and breakaway guitars, all gel together to pull out a monster track. This is one to vibrate furniture across the room and it closes out an album that is immense in scale and hard to believe that this is a debut album.

This is an easy album to like and review. It’s full of ideas and although there are plenty of bands out there playing their version of doom/sludge/whatever, this is different. It’s not a show-gazers album because it’s upbeat and challenging. Sure you could lie there and enjoy the room spins as the bass rings out but this album has a soul to it, which is unusual for albums in this ‘genre’. I really can’t say much more beyond get this album, listen to it and enjoy the beginning of something special. If Devil Electric make it to North American markets this early in their career we could have another Australian export on our hands. Can’t rate this band or album highly enough. Get some Devil Electric into your life.