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American blues and jazz find a better reception in Europe. Will American punk rock go overseas too? Electric Frankenstein put out their new album Rock 'N' Roll Monster on Australia's Au-Go-Go Records on CD and vinyl. The New Jersey group starts off paying respect to the Germs with "A Singer's Blood/Naked Heat" featuring the "Sex Boy" rhythm. The U.S.'s premier riff-punk group also covers Fun Things, Misfits, Negative Trend, and F-Word. The fact that Electric Frankenstein is tuned in to Australia's Fun Things show these savage rockers are tuned in to the rich downunder punk scene.

The Traffic Flow Zine

They’re back after last years totally superb ‘Action High’, and with a new vocalist Rik L Rik (F-Word, Negative Trend) and they sound just as good as ever. This is a six track EP that rocks as good as anything else around at the moment. If you like the Humpers and that kind of dirty rock ‘n’ roll, you will cherish this too. Quite old sounding sixties rock with lots of filthy solos and dirty low down vocals. Features a great cover of ‘Queen Wasp’ by the Misfits. This rules!

Satan Stole My Teddy Bear

To occupy their time between Scott's dismissal and Steve's return, this is what EF did. They recorded this with punk icon Rik L. Rik (F-Word, Negative Trend) and it turned out to be one of the most essential EF releases. Every time I make a travel tape for my car at least two songs from this album make an appearance. The material they did with Scotty was more punk than rock, and this really plants them back in rock territory. Every song is an assault, the non-stop guitar riffs seems to cut through your speakers. I'm afraid Jim Foster isn't getting enough credit for his guitar solos. Rik's got this slick, throaty voice that matches the rock attitude of these tracks. Highlights are "Blackout" and "Used To Know" where you know you just had a rock 'n' roll moment when Rik sings "You're just someone that IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII used to know!" Two covers here, the Fun Things' "Savage" and a killer remake of the Misfits' "Queen Wasp" sung by John Steele. Fans of AC/DC or the Germs or the like will love this. This is essential.

Damn, how much do I love this band! I have been waiting for this to come out stateside for over a year, and now I've finally got my greasy hands on it! First off, tracks 1-6 are the Monster EP, so check that review regarding these songs. I was elated to see them finally correct the title to "Imperial Void" (you see, I'm anal). I was happy enough just to get these tracks on CD. The rest of the record is more punk rock vocal genius from Rik L Rik. These are covers of songs he did with former bands Negative Trend (awesome!) and F-Word (even better!). These showed up previously as poorly recorded live versions on the Munster records bootleg (reviewed above), but on this they sound great (even two studio versions!). I can't say enough about how all-out rock these songs are. "Do the Nihil" is the best bonus song of the four with the catchy "we we can can do do what what we we want to do." Punk rock at its finest. New cover art and more bonus art on the inside. Jeez, pick this up!


Sure, Electric Frankenstein wear their influences on their proverbial sleeves. So what? They sure as hell ain't apologizing. Actually, the Jersey band has been known to celebrate those influences, covering, among others, The Misfits, The Dictators, Crime, and the Dead Kennedys. What they may lack in originality, though, EF more than make up for in pure bombasticity, producing a hair-raising, teeth-rattling sonic onslaught that resurrects countless good-looking rock and roll corpses, from squalid '60s garage groups to Who-style British Invasion bands to tarted up glamsters to vicious punk outfits, perhaps coming closest in overall sound and aesthetic to Iggy's legendary Stooges. The Stooges comparison is not intended to suggest, however, that there's anything sloppy or amateurish about Electric Frankenstein; when they sound sloppy or amateurish, it's a cultivated effect. But generally EF is one tight bastard of a band, continually reveling in their mighty fuzzed-out power.

The band's core members, guitarists Sal Canzonieri and Jim Foster and bassist Dan Canzonieri, formed Electric Frankenstein in 1992. The trio went through a succession of singers and drummers, finally settling on Steve Miller and Rob Sifcek. EF broke in with a series of singles and their 1994 debut LP, Conquers the World, and have been recording prolifically ever since, with 10 albums and nearly two dozen singles to their credit already. The Germs tribute song "A Singer's Blood/Naked Heat" (which lifts the rhythm from "Sex Boy") appears on their '98 Rock and Roll Monster album.


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