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Electric Tongue EP

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
They promised me electric hellfire.

I'd like to know exactly what electric hellfire is and how I can get it to come out of my stereo, because the five young men of Oil and their latest EP, Electric Tongue, fail to deliver such amazements. Where their biography claims this group has matured, they continue to come across simply as young and angry, and far less hardcore than they'd like to believe.

Slightly altering the well-known Rolling Stones tongue logo for most of the album artwork, Oil seems to struggle to prove its depth of influence. Sadly, slightly altering the tried and true is about as innovative as these guys get. With a rock sound akin to a mix of a brighter Queens of the Stone Age, and an un-sexy Danko Jones, Electric Tongue is hard rock without the substance and finesse. Lacking the distinct vocal abilities of either Josh Homme or Jones, Oil's Nicholas van den Doel produces generic hard rock vocals that are easily passed over. He may be chanting "This is the medicine that kills" on "Modern Record Time," but his chant lacks enough passion for the listener to ask "what medicine?"

The saving grace on this EP however is the scathing guitar work of both Arnoud van der Zijen and Jasper Uhl that seemingly covers up the mediocre vocals. Their guitar work is at its best on the title track, opening the record with hard-hitting riffs that carry through the song. If you're looking simply for some guitar to rock out to, Electric Tongue will do the trick.

Although nothing incredibly memorable, Electric Tongue is still good if all you need is a good dose of middle-range, angry rock out. Throw up the devil horns, and maybe eventually these guys will give us the electric hellfire they promised.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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