Cosmic Rock


(By Pat 'Riot' Whitaker, Guest Contributor,


Much like this being my first piece as a guest contributor for Cosmic-Rock, we're taking a look at, and listen to, the debut release from Ann Arbor, MI's Electric Huldra, the "Roadburner" EP. The band itself is the trio of guitarist/vocalist Bobby Marks, guitarist/vocalist Troy Hufford and drummer Dominic Elder and they play a potent melding of stoner rock and blues with the sporadic touch of doom. It is no mistake that there is no bassist named here either as Electric Huldra wield a two guitar attack, one totally devoid of any bassist whatsoever.

Make no mistake, you won't miss that bass and there is no generic, half-ass mediocrity to this music, something that is abundantly present in the current Stoner / Doom scene. No, these guys instill enough diversity to keep things more than just interesting, their stylistic switch-ups differ from song to song, as well as run free within each song itself.

The 5-song EP tears off the line with the fuel-consuming, bluesy grooves of "Stand Here", a thumpy, chugging surge of guitars and tight-knit rhythms propelling things. Topped off with brawny vocals tinged with soulful flare, and possessing a fevered mid-song break down that'll break you out in beads of sweat, the bar is set high with this song.

That bar remains elevated with the thundering density of the downtuned doom of "Never Forgave", a somber deluge of Iommi-ian riffery and pummeling drums. Those guitars emit a fuzzened wall of sound with seemingly immeasurable thickness to it and the wahhed-out solo within that wall is just as fortifying.

Time signatures and tempos are constantly in flux from song to song, the careening engine of energy that is "Doubt In Me" is a driving force to be reckoned with. The one-two punch of the back-to-back pair of tracks winding things down really doubles down on everything presented here so far. Songs four and five, "You Own Me" and title track, "Roadrunner", each run an extended length a bit longer than the earlier numbers. In those elongated playing times, these bass-less bandits steal the show by doubling down on the heavy grooves and scorch factor for an intense, powerful ending of this highly diggable recording.