I will provide 2 reviews, one using prose and one using pictures:
I really should like this LP. On the face of it there are fuzzy distorted guitars playing simple riffs, descending basslines, blissed/washed/wiped out vocals, and a generally slack stoner vibe.
It doesn’t work for me and I’m wasn’t sure why at first. Repeated listens (3 times by God) suggests three reasons. Firstly, it is the poorly recorded nature of the thing. This is not so much a lo-fi recording as just a muddy mess. Secondly, it is utterly devoid of inspiration or imagination. The drumming is metronomic, but not in a good way, just in a ‘this is the only pattern I know/can be arsed to bash out’ kind of way. Then there are the riffs, which should be huge, primal slabs of fuzz and distortion and yet aren’t. In one tune the riff is laughably similar to the chord progression from Rod, Jane and Freddy’s Rainbow Theme Tune. Finally, the song titles and lyrics are utterly ludicrous. The description provided by the band for their Bandcamp album page sums it all up:
“Electric Relics” is our humble offering placed at the crossroads of past, present, and future tense. Age-old energies and 3 phase electric power intersect to reveal hidden truths of bygone times, modern mysticisms, and sound the alarm for uncertain days to come. We walk through this shadowy land in search of a spark to light the fire and illuminate the depths of consciousness.
That is gusset-moisteningly funny stuff. Is this a piss take? It is supposed to be Doom but is fucking funny when you listen to it.
I actually paid the artist for this, so on those grounds I’ll award it 3/5, but -2 for ripping off Rod, Jane and Freddy.
The pictorial review (for the tl;dr crowd):