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El Doom & The Born Electric

El Doom & The Born Electric

(Rune Grammofon; US: 27 Mar 2012; UK: 12 Mar 2012)

It’s not often one gets a chance to review an album with a song entitled “Subtle as a Shithouse”, but from the moment I saw that on the track list of El Doom & The Born Electric’s self-titled debut, I knew I was going to be in for an interesting ride. Sadly, however, by the time the album’s had concluded, I was surprisingly underwhelmed. Sure, all the musicians are technically impressive, but none of these seven songs manage to rise above the level of jam fare. The band is at least honest about its straightforward prog intentions, but that doesn’t make it any more interesting. In their own parlance, this record is “Subtle as a Shithouse”.

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Brice Ezell has written for PopMatters since 2011. He loves to write about music of any kind, literature, film, television, and philosophy. Progressive rock and metal are his primary interests, though there's little in the music world he doesn't like to engage with. His writing also appears in Sea of Tranquility and Glide Magazine (and formerly Hidden Track). You can follow his attempts at wit on Twitter and Tumblr if you're so inclined. You can also contact him through email. He is a resident of the greater Portland, OR, area.


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