Alright, I admit it, I'm an ass. I've never heard of Electric Frankenstein before and goddammit I'm pissed about it. Why? For no other reason other than that Electric Frankenstein is bad as shit - full-on rock music with the energy of the Misfits and "real punk" bands. Thankfully I received not only the 7" single of "The Perfect Crime" and "Nail It Down," but their brand new studio album at the same time to re-educate myself.
I could rattle off a range of bands to help describe Electric Frankenstein - The Misfits, MC5, old Clash, Hellacopters - but that would take away from the fact that they have crafted their own sound by combining many styles together. The best way to sum them up is kick ass punk n' roll. Add in some great cover art inspired by old monster movies and pulp monster magazines of the 50's and you're hooked. They follow the mantra of "Fight the Anti-Rock Conspiracy - Support Real Rock and Roll." I couldn't help but think of that motto when I was reading about Dave Grohl being pissed that "Learn to Fly" was the first single off Foo Fighters' There Is Nothing Left To Lose. Dumb motherfucker, if he was in Electric Frankenstein he wouldn't be in such a predicament. They never would've written something so shitty in the first place.
From the first listen of "Already Dead" you realize they've got the chops, drive, and energy. Plus the music has an overall feeling of being genuine; the band obviously believes in themselves. Hell they've been doing it for so long, no goddamn wonder (they formed in 1992 long before the glut of "return to rock" bands we've been experiencing recently). Songs such as "The Perfect Crime," "Hate Machine," and "Takin' You Down" are all pure rock with some goddamn balls to it. They even do a nice cover of the Dead Boys' "Third Generation Nation." How many bands that steal EF's style have the gall to cover what a dear friend of mine calls real punk? "Annie's Grave" and "My Father's Son" are both raw, unpolished, and driving but avoid that "hey we're just like the MC5" pose most "return to rock" bands cop.
It is pure, simple, blowin-the-doors-off music and therefore very worthy of Bully's respect.
Mega Kung Fu
Electric Frankenstein is the playground where punk rock meets good ole' fashioned, hard driving rock and roll. It's like Ted Nugent, AC/DC and the Sex Pistols are all playing in the same sandbox.
"Annie's Grave" is Electric Frankenstein's newest effort and lyrically sticks to their cross of White Zombie meets the Misfits imagery. From the title track "Annie's Grave" to "Graveyard Dragrace," Electric Frankenstein takes you on a strange retro meets today trip. As mentioned before, musically it's like stepping into the "way back machine" and hitting the 70's rock/punk scene. Carl and Sal lead the way with their chunky riffs and simple chord structures which beef up Steve's unique vocal range.
As you cruise through the CD there's one thing you'll notice, a lot of the songs have different production values to them. Some are real crisp, while others seem a little muddy. For most bands this is a downer, but it gives Electric Frankenstein a chance to explore a bit and it works to their benefit. The production creates different moods in songs and gives EF's style a little variety which helps this album.
The thing that sets EF apart from a lot of bands today is that they are the complete antithesis of what is "in" right now. They combine two styles that have gone in different directions and made music all about fun again. That's what makes EF a band that will never die. They are, without a doubt, the "black sheep" on Victory Records and kudo's to the label for keeping a band on the label that is a complete 180 from a lot of the other stuff they have.
Rock Zone Ezine
Old school hard rock is alive and well with Electric Frankenstein. Long time veterans of the independent music scene, Electric Frankenstein comes forth with Annie's Grave. This new release finds Electric Frankenstein with Victory Records again, and don't expect them to take the same fall down Earth Crisis did with their initial return release. Annie's Grave is 11 tracks of in your face rock that will have you air guitaring in no time. There is also a live track, which is new. This is a nice touch because it's the first and only time you hear the track. It's not from an old album, it's not on that was on the album at the beginning. It's a brand spankin' new track that they decided to put on here live. This album is full energy and a lot of fun. Hard rock will never die, and if it does, it will surely be reanimated by bands such as Electric Frankenstein.
The album opens with the dead on, driving guitars of "Already Dead". This track is the first of many straight ahead rockers this band serves up for you. The rhythm is strong, and the lead is tight. Throughout the album you can hear how strong the rhythm guitar is, it's very similar to AC/DC in the fact that the rhythm never over does it, and stays hard, heavy, and catchy. "Get Off" follows up with another kick in the ass song. This album totally keeps you into what's going on. Hate Machine is the most bad ass track on the album. The vocals are dead on, and the rhythm playing is so rocking. There are very few rhythm guitarists who grab you more than the lead and one of those guitarists is Sal Canzonieri.
Lyrically a lot of the songs are like a hard rock Groovie Ghoulies, which follows the name, Electric Frankenstein.
One of my favorite touches was a cover of the Dead Boys' "Third Generation Nation". It was right on. On the title track, Annie's Grave, the lead guitarist really shines through and keeps the rock on track. The final track on the album was "The Perfect Crime" which was recorded live. This track illustrated how tight the music was live and how this band doesn't stray too far from it's straight up hard rock.
This album just became available through Victory Records and it's a keeper. The guitar work is hard and fun, and the vocals add to the touch of pure hard rock. I personally loved this album and have listened to it many times since making my initial notes on the album. I have full faith you will enjoy it too.
Electric Frankenstein are back with another edition of their punk metal music. In fact they easily straddle the border between the two genres. The inject metal into punk and come up with a totally refreshing angst that is welcome. Their take on gothic ideals is great in such songs as "Graveyard Dragrace" and the title track "Annie's Grave". They go Mach 10 until they have finished what they are saying. Electric Frankenstein never really have a message in their songs, they just wnat to rock out. The production was done by Monster Magnet's Phil Caivano and it is fantastic. Annie's Grave is their finest moment yet. Electric Frankenstein aren't out to change the face of rock but what they do provide is a hell of a soundtrack to a Saturday night.
Punk Rock Review.com
It has been a tough, long road for Electric Frankenstein. They are veterans of 8 full-length releases and, now, 5 EP's. Their music brings together an audience of metal heads, punks, old school rock n' rollers, garage rockers, and even hardcore enthusiasts. With "Annie's Grave" they break down the genre-seperating barriers with more conviction than ever. The raw guitar riffs are as distorted as ever, creating an oozing ambience which the throaty vocals and pounding drums attempt to rip apart. Mixing into the sound is the amazing rock n' roll energy and snotty punk rock attitude, which only further seperate Electric Frankenstein from the pretenders. "Annie's Grave" features an assortment of songs already considered crowd favorites. From the killer cover of Dead Boys' "Third Generation Nation" to the high energy anthem "Already Dead", Electric Frankenstein amaze with their passion filled punk n' roll. There is also multimedia conent on the disc which includes live videos of "Already Dead" and "Hate Machine". Respected worldwide for their devotion to playing music that matters, Electric Frankenstein serve up one hell of a prelude of great things to come.
Willamette Week Online
Some proclaim rock dead. Others say the Rock--especially of the hard kind--smolders underground. Because down there, bands like Electric Frankenstein are melting, reshaping and reinventing the Rock into new, explosive forms. Exhume Annie's Grave, for example. Preserving hard rock's pledge to everything evil, the NY/NJ five-piece keeps a steady emphasis on hate, drugs and violence throughout these 12 loud and rowdy tracks, and they do it with punk's energy and metal's malice (a potent and valuable combo).
With the catchy-yet-gritty "Just Can't Kick," you've got punk's high-speed, static drumming and desperate admissions of defeat. Meanwhile, lead track "Already Dead" reeks like ratty Priest parking-lot hair: dirty, snarling vocals, arena-ready riffage and a mean guitar solo. Returning to the old school, the band pays homage to mid-'70s punk rock with its version of the Dead Boys' "Third Generation Nation." And then there's "Graveyard Dragrace," adding that hellish hot-rod hot-rock angle.
This record abides by simple principles. It's loud, hard and fast. Still, it's not just a regurgitation of the past. Not only is the Rock not forgotten, but, as Electric Frankenstein proves, a jolt of reinvention and innovation can jerk it back to life. You dig?
Some proclaim "rock is dead." Others counter that the rock, especially of the hard kind, is smoldering underground, where it's under constant reinvention — you just gotta know where to dig. My suggestion? Exhume Annie's Grave, 'cause it's a keeper. Preserving hard rock's pledge to everything "evil," the NY/NJ five-piece shout about drugs, hate and death with punk's energy and metal's malice. Jaded guitar solos scream alongside snarling vocals throughout, while powerful hooks and catchy-yet-gritty melodies take you back to live shows so compelling they make "I'm so into this" head-banging inevitable. And with their homage to early punk — a version of the Dead Boys' "Third Generation Nation" — Electric Frankenstein prove that not only is great rock not forgotten, it's also not dead.
Electric Frankenstein puts the "rock" back in punk rock, straight up. This twelve song EP packs a punch that any punk fan would love, especially those well-versed in the school of Electric Frankenstein.
Since they began their quest for rock and roll purity in the early '90's, Electric Frankenstein has had over two dozen releases and they keep getting better.
"Annie's Grave" is just the beginning of what we'll see these guys doing in 2001.
Editor's Pick. EF is the best active rock n roll band. They're high-octane, high-quality, and punker than yo mama. They're like a reincarnated Dead Boys meets Johnny Thunders meets Paul Di'Anno-era Iron Maiden. They have yet to put out a bad album as evidenced by Annie's Grave. Pick this up!
One of my favorites and one of the world's best pure rock acts thunderously return with Annie's Grave, a twelve track monstrosity of ripping guitar and hellacious vocals supported by a rhythmic wall of force. In other words, a typical EF release. Steve Miller's well worn vocal chords excel on pummeling, yet harmonious punk efforts like "Just Can't Kick," "Takin' You Down," "Get Off" and the title track. The Canzonieri brothers, along with Carl Porcaro and drummer Rob Sefcik have mastered the art of big, bruising rock without ignoring a great groove, as heard on "Hate Machine" and "Fistful of Rock;" two pristine combinations of fury and hooks. EF blends the best elements of punk, metal and old fashioned rock to play songs that sound as if they were carved out of granite, such as the soaring "My Father's Son." The guys even throw in a couple of surprises for our pleasure, specifically their superior version of the Dead Boys' "Third Generation Nation." Stiv, Cheetah and the boys are a perfect ancestor to EF, for both bands deliver raw, confrontation music but do so with flair and skill. The disc closes with a live version of "The Perfect Crime," a boisterous sample of the explosiveness of this band in a live setting. EF is that rare band that simply does not disappoint.