From a stomping blues riff a scene takes shape — an eerie, abandoned lake on the outskirts of the village, with rituals and murders and all mysterious urban legends attached. From there, characters are introduced ("Shadowman", "Lady Velvet"), ahead of both biblical-level tales of damnation ("The Dove and The Serpent") and intimate confessions ("Hynotica"). If there's a constant narrative through the thrilling vintage-doom-meets-modern-rock self-titled debut from Melbourne's Devil Electric, it's obfuscated enough to steer well clear of concept record territory. Instead Pierina O'Brien's vocals — sharply turning from haunting howls to plainspoken clarity — expertly guide us through the beautifully bloated supernatural settings — all grandiose guitar solos and thumping, sludgy rhythms — towards occasional, more experimental, minimalist clearings. More than a simple set of contrasting shifts, and entertaining beyond the mere unpredictability, Devil Electric doesn't simply strap in and ride the rollercoaster of the band's self-described "modern occult" style but takes us well off-course, deep into the theme park's surrounding, presumably haunted, woodlands.
Devil Electric is set to be released via renowned German label Kozmik Artifactz on Friday, August 11th, and is available to stream in full from today, exclusively via Rolling Stone Australia.
Devil Electric head out on the road in support of the album later this month, with dates running until October; details here.