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Electric Peace

You're Going to Hell

Review by Gary Hill

This is an unusual four-song EP. If everything were like the opener, I would probably have landed this under heavy metal. That said, even that song is not pure metal. There are plenty of psychedelic and even classical concepts at play on that number. Perhaps the one constant here is that psychedelia. The rest of the songs here combine that with different things. This music is many things, really. The most prominent labels, though, are unique, creative and artistic. Apparently these guys are considered a punk band, but honestly, that's selling them short. They are so much more than just one thing.

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Track by Track Review
You’re Going To Hell
Powering in with a slow moving grind that's super-heavy and metallic, the vocals bring a strange operatic texture to the tune. This is part heavy metal and part psychedelia with some helpings of weird classical music built into the mix. After the first section, it powers to a jam that has a lot of Danzig built into it, with definite edges not far removed from The Doors. Yet, I can make out some leanings toward the music of The Cramps. The guitar solo is noisy and rather crazed, much like the whole song.
Dinah Might
The opening section to this feels like something that could have come out of the 1970s, The number shifts out to a hard rocking jam that's packed with psychedelia and punk rock craziness. There are even some proggy leanings from some of the layers of keyboards and other textures. This makes me think of what you might get if Jello Biafra were to have sung for a proto-prog psychedelic band from the late 60s or early 70s. The instrumental section is straight out of 1968 with its hard-edged almost Yardbirds like psychedelia.
Stranded in Love
Another that's firmly set in retro musical styles, this has a Tijuana Brass angle brought by the horns. Yet there are a lot of country music elements at play. We get some hints of musical theater and even some proggy edges. Strange as this is, it's also oddly compelling.
Tell Me You Hate Me
The riff that opens this makes me think of Iron Butterfly. As the cut drives out of there it has some reggae in the mix along with theatrical punk rock. Yet, there are still definite psychedelic angles to this, too. There is a weird, trippy section mid-track. I would say that this is probably the strangest and more genre-bending piece of the EP. Somehow it manages to work really well, perhaps because of rather than in spite of the oddiities.
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