Electric Mary

Electric Mary III

Written by: PP on 08/01/2012 03:49:21

Australians sure seem to like their rock'n'roll, which no doubt is the consequence of having AC/DC originally hail from the country. Whether it's Airbourne, Wolfmother, or now Electric Mary, the country seems to be bursting from bands in the genre ready for the big stages from the get go. "Electric Mary III", as the name indicates, is their third album so they're not quite there yet (although they have opened for the likes of Deep Purple), but the songs presented here suggest that the potential is definitely there.

"III" is best described as a rock'n'roll / hard rock record that's neck-deep in the sound of the 70s and 80s, but not in the retro rock manner like The Parlor Mob and Wolfmother. Instead, Electric Mary combine a little bit of Motörhead/Mötley Crüe style 70s rock'n'roll, mixed with the epic hard rock anthemic vibes of old Aerosmith material, and the rifftastic love for southern rock mixed with hard rock of Black Stone Cherry. Occasionally Guns 'N' Roses as well. The result is a bombastic cocktail of massive riffs, and super catchy songs that are destined to fill arena-sized stages.

The expression may not be particularly original, but it is executed extremely well and in a convincing manner. Much of the credit should be sent to the way of their vocalist, whose throat is as authentic as they come in the category of 'classic rock star frontmen'. His work on especially "Stained" is up there with the big names in the genre, but he doesn't fall short on the remaining tracks either. "III" is ten tracks of rock'n'roll it was meant to be played according to the Zeppelin fan club of the 70s, and though it might be a tad bit misplaced in 2011, well, bands like Whitesnake are still around playing reasonably large shows, so there's an audience waiting.

Download: Stained
For the fans of: Black Stone Cherry, old Aerosmith, Kiss, Guns N' Roses
Listen: Myspace

Release date 24.10.2011
Listenable Records

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