20 lb Sledge - Electric Exodus

Published Saturday 25th January 2020
20 lb Sledge - Electric Exodus
20 lb Sledge - Electric Exodus

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 177068-28762

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

This album has been described as "funk-leaning with a nu-metal undercurrent" and I wouldn't disagree. Lyrically it's very clearly faith-based, with lyrics explaining the band's beliefs and encouraging you to share them (or at least investigate them). The vocal is half-rapped in the style of Linkin Park with some nice sung parts, especially the choruses. There is very good guitar work moving effortlessly between grungy chords, effected picking and metallic riffing (the wonderfully named "Trauma Sutra" has possibly the best one, although the subject matter - date rape and human trafficking is dark indeed). All this is underpinned by very solid imaginative drumming and between these two layers sits the bass: at times pounding, at times funk-slapped yet always sitting solid, occasionally leaping to the foreground then dropping back. There are some very good rhythmic shifts - "Death Buster" being a great example, with its nu metal feel and prog-style (think folky Yes) middle section. It builds well too. For another great example of this, listen to "Club Dead Walker" where all four parts are playing different rhythms yet the sum of the sound is solid and driving. It's all very impressive and then they mesh into unity before moving apart again - great stuff. 'Electric Exodus' has power, speed, energy, musicianship and enough twists and turns in the songs to keep you interested.

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