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Album Review

An unholy fusion of punk energy and hard rock riffage, Electric Eel Shock deliver a frontal assault on ineffectual music in the manner of their fellow countrymen Guitar Wolf and Teengenerate. But while those bands were noted for their sheer cranked-to-ten mania, Electric Eel Shock take the approach of dialing down the attack a few notches in favor of a more coherent sound. So as a result, Electric Eel Shock have something more closely resembling songs, and their debut album (retitled Go USA! for release in the United States after surfacing in the U.K. in 2004 as Go Europe!) celebrates the purifying influences of rock & roll while delivering tunes that might actually convince the great unwashed if they were ever to hear them. "Rock 'n' Roll Can Rescue the World" is a thick, industrial-strength riff that communicates the message of a true believer, "Japanese Meets Chinese in USA" is a glorious sonic monster movie that lopes across the American landscape, "Suicide Rock 'n' Roll" sounds like a reason to live to these ears, and while "S.O.S." opens with the words "I'm sorry I can't speak English well," Akihito Morimoto's buzzy guitars, Kazuto Maekawa's throbbing bass, and Tomoharu Ito's crashing percussion communicate in the universal language of kicking ass. Big fun, and perhaps the best Japanese import since Battle Royale.

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It rarely gets better than this!

From the first explosive beat of "Japanese Meets Chinese In USA" all the way through the album, Electric Eel Shock attacks your soul with a sonic assault unlike anything produced by the tame-in-comparison American rock scene. "Rock 'n' Roll Can Rescue the World" is quite possibly the catchiest song since "Good Vibrations" and the sing-along chorus of "S.O.S." will stick to your brain for days, like bubblegum in your hair. Don't miss this album, and don't miss an EES live show; they are clearly at the top of their game, and can only get better!

These guys are chill

If you ever get a chance to see these guys in concert, do it. The show they put on at the Ogden in Denver was way tight. Seems they almost got more appraisal than the group they were touring with, the Bloodhound Gang. They're like a couple of illiterate little Japanese elves who play Iron Man and other Heavy Metal. be on the lookout for their new album. IT's pretty good.

Simply awesome.

Really great fresh energy here. Just wish I had found these guys earlier. Buy it now.

Biography

Formed: Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Electric Eel Shock is a Japanese rock trio that powerfully combines classic rock, metal, and punk influences with a gritty garage rock delivery. Aki Morimoto (vocals/guitar) and Kazuto Maekawa (bass) were first brought together over a mutual obsession with Black Sabbath while in school in Osaka. They played together in a pop/rock band in Tokyo, but after the band broke up, Morimoto turned to fishing while Maekawa briefly joined the popular Japanese funk band the Apollos as a session bassist. It was...
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