8 OUT OF 10
“Electus” are a hard rock band from the West Midlands in the UK formed in 2008 by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Russell Peake and it was him who approached me via social media to review their debut album “The Dark” which was released in 2015.
The album starts off with the ambient “Shelter”, an instrumental which, having a vocalist who also plays rhythm guitar, shows the talents of every member of this very gifted foursome. The song ends to the sound of rain and an air raid siren in the background before the album truly kicks off with the rock and roll riffs of “18”, a song about taking control of one’s own life.
“Aphrodite” has a blistering guitar solo and stand out song for me “Just For One Night” grabs you right from the start with its punchy riffs and catchy lyrics.
The pace slows down a bit with the more ballady “Sunflower” although this does build up again mid-song with Priest-like guitar work, and the album finishes with “Rider”, a bass-lead song that has some great riffs, a fantastic guitar solo and confident drumming. If the follow up album carries on in the same vein as this track, then the band are on to another winner.
This is not an intricate album but one that so obviously has some classic rock and metal influences. It has everything from gripping intros to heavy bass lines and catchy drum beats, bluesy in some places, dark in others. The vocals of Russell Peake, which have been compared to those of Scott Weiland in his Velvet Revolver days, give the band a distinctive sound that sets them apart from other hard rock bands.
And what this album does have is a ‘what you see is what you get‘ attitude, with hard rock songs written the way hard rock songs should be. It is a classic rock and roll album with a hint of grunginess and a pinch of country (a la Molly Hatchett).
In the words of “Electus” themselves, they “will always create music which conjures the full range of emotions and deliver a visual live performance that leaves the audience thinking ‘wow…more please!’”
I, personally, love the whole sound of this album and even after a week in my car, I never tired of it, re-visiting again to write the review.
“Electus” are an up and coming band who show just what sheer hard work can achieve and with some dates set for the rest of the year and, hopefully, another album in the pipeline, this is a band who are destined for much bigger things.
“The Dark” is available now for digital download from Googleplay.
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