Electricjezus: Грязь поколений (aka Mud of Generations) (2013)

Bio (condensed from Facebook.com/pages/Electricjezus):
Electricjezus – two man band from Russia, Moscow region, Dmitrov.
The group consist of 2 people, but a set of instruments remains classical – guitar, drums, bass. It became possible by installing single bass pickup in the neck of guitar. Also we use a very thick strings for best bass sound and use two 22” rides or piece of metal for hi hat. All our lyrics on album in Russian. The band’s style is very, very multifaceted, you can find here post rock, sludge metal, doom metal, power violence, black metal, hardcore, stoner and everything you want. Not long ago, we recorded a rusty, damp and dirty album titled «Mud of generations», and want to introduce it to you! It was recorded entirely on analog equipment and it fully live record, we recorded the album close to reality and it sounds exactly as we sound on live performances. During recording, we used analog equipment from different years and from different countries, old Soviet synthesizers, old piano, use ride cymbals or broken crash with piece of metal for hi hats, use old microphones. For the integrity album we decided to insert audio from popular and not so horror films, these inserts reflect the character and mood of the songs, so we recommend you Listen album from the beginning to the end. With best regards Electricjezus band!

Musicians:
Ruslan Frolov (Guitar, Bass, Vocals), Oleg Skorohodov (Drums)

 

Start an album with a sample from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD – probably my favorite comedic zombie film – and you’ve got my attention. Follow that with a fast moving, old-school metal riff and I’m even more down. For the first minute and a half of “Корм” (aka “Feed”), Electricjezus had me. Then Ruslan started singing.

Electricjezus has a very 80’s/early 90’s metal feel (much the same era as their samples, which also include EVIL DEAD 2, PET SEMETARY, the 1990 version of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DR. GIGGLES, and DAWN OF THE DEAD), alternating from slower stoner or groove metal to faster thrash, and musically I really enjoy Грязь поколений (aka MUD OF GENERATIONS). My feelings shift when the vocals come in. On “Feed” I couldn’t tell if Ruslan was singing in Russian or English, because the scream was either so badly recorded or it’s just the overall screamed tone that makes it unintelligible. I had the same issue on “Петли обмана” (“Loops of Deception”) and “Улицы” (“Street of Broken Lights”). For many listeners this will not be an issue; for many people this tone is what they are looking for in a metal album. Not me.

Electricjezus: Ruslan Frolov and Oleg Skorohodov
Electricjezus: Ruslan Frolov and Oleg Skorohodov

Musically, I really like a lot of what is going on with MoG. Electricjezus shits easily from doomy, almost Melvins-esque rock to thrashier, Slayer-like metal. Electricjezus also brought to mind 1990’s Swedish industrial duo Misery Loves Co., whom I haven’t listened to (or really even thought about) in many years. It’s an interesting dynamic, a two-piece band (kinda like Misery Loves Co.), with semi-improvised equipment. Unlike Misery Loves Co., which had a full band line-up filled in by other musicians when playing live, I get them impression that Electricjezus can do this with just the two of them, so that’s a pretty cool feat there. Like most metal, the guitar is the star of most of the tracks, but no one part of the sound completely overwhelms the rest and that’s impressive with the way they are forming this music. There wasn’t anything I heard that really made me sit up and take notice to the technical musicianship displayed, but Electricjezus does know how to groove.

How you make a guitar play the bass too.
How you make a guitar play the bass too.

MoG is a mix of some shorter, faster songs, like “Street of Broken Lights” and “Плеть культуры” (“Lash of Culture”), and much, much longer, slower tracks like “Mud of Generations” and “Все позволено” (“All is Allowed”). This dichotomy made me think of Billy Corgan and his theory behind Smashing Pumpkins: some quiet songs and some loud songs; Electricjezus is doing some quick songs and some plodding songs, but they are all loud.

Ruslan, trippy.  Trioxin dosed?
Ruslan, trippy. Trioxin dosed?

Overall I just couldn’t get into Electricjezus. They have a lot going for them: referencing 80’s/90’s horror is fun, their style is an eclectic mix of slow and fast metal (often, like in “Бассейн” aka “Pool,” in the same song), and the cover art is very cool… it would make a great t-shirt or zombie movie poster. I just could not get past the vocals. It sounds like at least some parts are in English, but they are so hard to decipher that on most tracks I just have no clue which language I’m hearing. Whichever language it is, it is too harsh, too screamed, and too guttural for my taste, which is really too bad because if it weren’t for the vocals, I could really get into MoG.

 

Overall 6 / 10

MoG for sale: http://electricjezus.bandcamp.com/

MoG site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Electricjezus/575252375818127

Electricjezus: Грязь поколений (2013)
Electricjezus: Грязь поколений (2013)
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