It’s been seventeen years since Electric Six released their debut album, ‘Fire’, bringing us their hits ‘Gay Bar’ and ‘Danger! High Voltage’, and undeniably this time almost two decades ago marked a peak in the band’s commercial success.
However, the six-piece have still managed to keep themselves busy, releasing a new full-length record almost every year since, and now they’ve once again returned with ‘Bride Of The Devil’. The result is pretty much what you’d expected from Electric Six.
This album presents the rock genre in its most basic and stereotypically represented state. From the production quality to the instrumentation and lyrical content and delivery, everything about this record feels very outdated and overdone. The conveniently named opener ‘The Opener’ begins with a guitar riff and rock-steady drum beat which, because of the muddled production on this track, are quite hard to make out.
Vocalist Dick Valentine aims to provide the same vocal techniques and powerful delivery that was incorporated by Iron Maiden‘s iconic frontman, Bruce Dickinson. However, his overall delivery and tone is not quite up to scratch, adding to the amateurish feel of the album.
The somewhat The Pixies inspired introduction to ‘Daddy’s Boy’ is to be commended. With the use of a simplistic, pull-off guitar riff and overdriven power chords creating an almost classic pop-punk feel, it differentiates itself from the typical sound that the band tends to go for.
Electric Six are bound to meet their already dedicated audience with this release. With the lack of variation from older material, anyone who already enjoys this band should have no problem sinking their teeth into ‘Bride Of The Devil’. However, it goes nowhere to engage listeners or to dare verge away from territory that they have tread time and time again already.
It seems as though the use of humour through the lyrical content is used as a mechanism to justify the below par quality of an album that has the same effect as a poorly delivered dad joke.