Monday, September 29, 2014

ELECTRIC EARTH: "Leaving For Freedom"

Rating: RRR
Label: Tyss Music 2014
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Swedish Groove rockers Electric Earth are "Leaving For Freedom" on their latest release. They (still) tread the fine-line between seventies rock and the more post-grunge sound. It's basically all about the finding the ultimate "groove" while keeping it heavy and dare I say alternative? Well. They come across as the cross-over act with potential to attract fans in both camps.

At first impression it would be darn easy to simply file them under Stoner Rock, but there's more to their compositions than just your average stoner material. Perhaps not too original. They are however a spiteful mix of Ozzy Osbourne in The 2000's, Soundgarden, Seattle/grunge, and fellow Swedes of Mustache, venting all their collective agony against everything and everyone. It's fuzzy guitar work and solos, hard working, tight rhythm section, and grungy/bluesy vocals by Peter Gottlieb.

It's their 4th album release and the Swedes are gaining themselves quite a reputation as the solid and fun live act. Perhaps a couple of too familiar moments during the ten original tracks offered here? Nonetheless. Electric Earth has penned a solid collection of tunes, some of them might even remind you of Soundgarden at their most commercial period. "Bad Motor Alive" is certainly better than any other Bad Motor song out there and the guys show a soft spot for melody. I do however miss that extra, top notch, special song and moment(s). Final verdict: Solid groove.

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