Argentinean vocalist Diego Valdez and Seattle-based drummer Owen Bryant met on MySpace and launched this most excellent Heavy Metal/Hard Rock quartet known as Electro_Nomicon into the Ethernet. Lead guitarist Juan Jose Fornes and bass guitarist David Jackson, also from Buenos Aires and Seattle respectively, round out the band. Despite living on two different continents, members collaborate, create, and lay tracks in cyberspace. The band is currently at work on their first full-length CD, and odds are that musical history is about to be made. E_N is all about classic Heavy Metal from their emphatic beats, extended guitar solos, pop-oriented melodies to their classic lyrical themes.
Case in point; the future Heavy Metal standard, “I Believe.” In this thunderous, energetic cut, lead vocalist Diego Valdez unleashes his lush, expressive vocal talent on the lyrics and creates a power ballad that would be the money song in any rock opera. In controlled chaos, poetic lyrics and tumultuous guitar licks collide and dance a perfect whirlwind two-step as they backup impressive vocals.”The Art of Destruction,” like all Electro_Nomicon songs, is straight-up Metal. A prototypical anti-establishment Metal anthem, it grinds political deception, environmental degradation and an apathetic populous with a hypnotic beat. The track showcases perfectly balanced lead and background vocals with apocalyptic lyrics. Fast and furious drumming and a stunning guitar solo make this cut a masterpiece and the one most likely to rocket E_M to musical eminence. “You’re in Shadows” is a drummer’s delight and drummer Owen Bryant delivers on this cut, banging the hell out of the drums as squealing guitars and a tortured chorus bring home the brooding lyrics. It is a musical expression of self-discovery and is definitely worth a listen.
Every Electro_Nomicon cut is Heavy Metal nirvana. Everything about them from their sound to their look is outstanding and classic Heavy Metal. Excellent vocals, melodies and lyrics mix perfectly and create just the right mood and intensity on each song. However, so much perfection is a little disappointing and monotonous. There were no OMG-WTF-let me listen to that again moments and the overarching impression they leave is that of a very strong cover band. They’re great but they need their own signature sound or spin. A little Seattle Grunge and a dash of Buenos Aires ritmo might create a new Metal groove and launch Electro_Nomicon to well-deserved stardom. Check them out on http://www.reverbnation.com/electronomicon. They’re primed for superstardom; they just need a little gunpowder to blast them into their rightful place in music.