"Elektrik Mistress" (Echo Relations Media)

Reviewed by Jason Savage

Recently, I had the opportunity to jam the heavy groove space rock of Canada's Elektrik Mistress. Produced by legendary hired gun Terry Brown (Rush, Jimi Hendrix, Fates Warning), EM's self titled release spits forth some downright addictive music. I also liked the video that popped up when I put the CD in my computer. It depicted the humorous side of these guys through interviews with the band and Terry Brown. 

Elektrik Mistress blends modern influences such as Queens of the Stone Age, Monster Magnet and Fu Manchu with old school Black Sabbath, Rush, Henry Rollins, Prong and Pantera for a roller coaster ride across the outer dimensions of space. EM crooner Kurt Kuthe's voice reaches metaldom with tracks such as "Rock Star" but manages to stay within the stoner rock spectrum for most of the CD. On "Blakk Room," he even shows aspirations of Eddie Vedder. EM also uses many cool echo effects, spacey reverbs and eerie synth passages thrown in for good measure that adds to this eclectic aural salad.

Musically this thing oozes the usual doom and gloom guitar and bass of this genre but somehow manages to separate itself from the pack. There are several "elektrik" outbursts from Kurt, who does double duty on guitar, in this power trio. Riffs abound; this is classic stuff that is sure to please at any party with a predominantly "green" motif. 

Elektrik Mistress is: Kurt Kuthe: guitars, vocals and synth, Chris Henry-drums and Paul Tetsull-bass and synth.

For more information, check out http://www.elektrikmistress.com or http://www.ECHORELATIONS.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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