The Electric Sleep


Rise Above Records / The Music Cartel, 1998

REVIEW BY: Christopher Thelen


Ever wonder what it was like to be alive in the glory period of a band like Black Sabbath? I mean, it's one thing to be able to listen to albums like Master Of Reality and Paranoid today, nearly 30 years after they were created. But what if those albums were coming out today; what would the vibe be like?

Enter the Canadian band Sheavy into the picture. Their latest release The Electric Sleep reminds me a lot of the Black Sabbath of old, especially in vocalist Steve Hennessey's mannerisms. The grooves they kick out are incredible, making this band one to watch in the very near future.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The band - Hennessey, guitarist Dan Moore, bassist Keith Foley and drummer Ren Squires - is very much an alternative act with a hard-rock edge to their music. But there's enough connection to the combination dark themed/ever-so-slightly psychedelic edge in their music that almost makes you think that you're listening to a younger Ozzy Osbourne tearing up the stage.

However, don't immediately write off Sheavy as a Sabbath wanna-be. Fact is, The Electric Sleep has some incredibly original music that is both well-written and well-performed. If you need proof, one need only look as far as such tracks as "Destiny's Rainbow," "Born In A Daze" and "Velvet". Sheavy is a band that is a rarity; it is a young group that has mastered both songwriting and performance, without sacrificing the integrity of either in the final product.

Even when the band gets a little experimental, as they do on "Savannah... Flights Of Ecstasy", everything falls right into place for the group, creating a song that works on several levels. Finally, Sheavy answers my long-standing complaint about bonus tracks. Sure, they include one, but not only does it immediately follow the listed songs, but it's also identified on the CD itself ("Last Parade")! This track happens to be a killer addition to the album, and is well worth the addition to The Electric Sleep.

Granted, the album occasionally drifts a little bit on tracks like "Saving Me", but Sheavy quickly pulls their vehicle back onto the road to keep your interest throughout.

If I had to place money on one band succeeding in 1999, at this moment in time, I'd wager a lot on Sheavy making it to the big time. If anyone involved in Ozzfest '99 is reading, take a word of advice: put these guys on the bill, even if it's only second stage! The Electric Sleep is an album that is going to attract a lot of people who like different styles of music for different reasons - and in the end, they're all going to be grooving together. What are you waiting for? Pick it up!

Rating: A-

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