Album Review: Electric Frankenstein - How To Make A Monster (20th Anniversary Edition)
How To Make A Monster (20th Anniversary Edition)
We’re in the beginning stages of a rock music revival with bands like Greta Van Fleet and Dirty Honey grabbing their sound from arena rock and radio friendly metal respectively. But there’s always been rock bands that were a little more edgy and left of the mainstream dial who held the outsider crowd in the palm of their hands. In 1999 one of those bands was Electric Frankenstein and their album How To Make a Monster, their first with the Victory Records label, was a monumental record that every outsider’s collection included. Now 20 years later we get a reissue of the album, if for any other reason, to celebrate the fact that it is still as good today as it was back then. This straight up edgy rock record stands proudly on loud guitars, incredible riffs, and unapologetic punk inspired anthems that hit you from the left when you look right and come at you from the right when you look left. Songs like “Cut From The Inside,” “Use Me,” and “Pretty Deadly” pull more from rock side as they trudge you through with guitar assaults that trap you within the wall of sound. On the flipside, songs like “Speed Girl,” “My World,” “Up From The Streets,” and “Something For The Pain,” a song which begs to be saved from bland music with no feeling, are straight ahead punk songs that borrow as much from the stage at CBGB’s as it does the hardcore scene of the Northeast. Smash all this together with a nod to their name when they use the spoken word opening of the Universal Pictures classic Frankenstein on the intro “I Was A Modern Prometheus,” and the closing track “Phatty Boom Boom,” that starts with a quick soundbite from Jason Mewes (Jay of Jay & Silent Bob fame) which makes sense since it was originally recorded for a Kevin Smith film, and you have a solid album that hits on all cylinders and stands firmly alongside the rock revival of today to give the outsiders an album to have and cherish – again!