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Electric Sister
The Lost Art Of Rock And Roll

Company: Independent
Release: 2011
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: EC

  • Top fueled throttle to shake Cali right off the map



  • "The Lost Art Of Rock And Roll" is no latte-sippin', beach-ready Chickenfoot and no stroll down Retro Rock Lane; this is lead-fisted hard rock played from gutter to sidewalk to mainline ditch and never playing it safe by middle of the road or paint by numbers. Oakland's Electric Sister jam out a barrel of good times with this debut fist pumper with enough intensity and top fueled throttle to shake Cali right off the map. This sort of bare chested, thump metal should appeal to fans of boisterous new acts like Mama Kin, Endeverafter, Underride and Bad City.

    Vocalist Thadeus Gonzalez (needs to change that to John Wayne or something), a frontman to watch, is a loud mouthed screamer that recalls the bravado of one David Lee Roth minus the comedic tendencies. His opening wails of "Save Us!" kickstart this thing into overdrive, followed by a massive Blues-soaked hook that shines with 70's KISS. Dragging our bones across the fields and right into that big arena sound on cuts like "Rock Is Religion" and the title track. I love the soft acoustic number "Echo Park" and the huge sweeping twin guitar on "The Leper". "I Want It All" sounds like Nuge and often the band plays as tight as primetime Y&T. The whole thing ends with some NWOBHM essence--a ripping heavy metal song called "City Of Night" that is based on the cult classic movie "Barbarella" (a preoccupation with various women throughout leads me to believe something extra is going on behind the writing).

    I am really looking forward to a storied career out of this band--newcomer with the tenacity and skills to really move a mountain. Let's hope the group lands a few big gigs and gets this sound beyond the Reverb Nation. Save Us--who needs salvation with Electric Sister on Earth?


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    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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