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EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS DEVIL IN THE LAKE ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS - DEVIL IN THE LAKE

PAVEMENT ENTERTAINMENT

JANUARY 22 2014

 

 

Spinning this for the first time my immediate reaction is that Emperors and Elephants sound like they want to be early Stone Temple Pilots. With a hard STP groove and Weiland-like phrasing opening track ‘Bring it Down’ sounds like something you might have found on STP’s debut ‘Core’. The band of course is far more than that as I find out when playing the rest of the album, though that early nineties grunge style is prevalent there’s a real sense of traditional hard rock, and a modern flavour too – and hell those guitars from ex-THC man Randy Cooper are searing!

 

‘Who You Are’ second up, is set on a softer groove, more melodic than the opener they lay down a nice groove and make it work for them. Then comes the other palpable influence: ‘You Will’ (the single) is bound to draw out a few Alice In Chains comparisons. The thing about EAE though is that they aren’t just copyists, there has been long enough since both those influences ruled the roost that EAE always have their own distinct sound that brings in elements of Hard Rock, a slight Southern tinge and a dash of Nu-Metal.

 

‘Man of God’ is an interesting one, harder-edged with a Rob-Zombie like groove and riff-heavy it’s the perfect ‘turn it up to ten’ song (and there’s an even arguably better Remix at the end of our review copy). It is however perhaps ‘Hit of Red’ that stands out most first time round, just for the fact it does what it does so consummately well. A slower number that sounds like a song Alter Bridge have been trying to write for years, it captures part of the soul of rock and roll in its spider web of lush melody. We also love the fact that this obvious talent for such songs are used so sparingly. On the other side of the coin it’s the meat and potatoes that underline the real talent here: ‘Change’ and ‘Deep Sleep’ rock like they should and ‘Ghost in the Mirror’ adds in a new flavour to the pot, more atmospheric, like a darker deeper ‘Live’.

 

I only have one minor issue with the album, which closes with the delicate keys of ‘You and I’ and that’s the cover of Chris Isaac’s ‘Wicked Game’ now don’t get me wrong it’s a fine cover, but I can’t believe on the basis of hearing this debut that the band don’t have another original song that would kick it’s ass! Definitely a band to watch in 2014, and a wonderful debut.

 

 

by Jo Rockpit

 

EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS DEVIL IN THE LAKE ALBUM REVIEW 2014