I was also very pleased to see an 8:31 song included. Is anybody at all surprised it is my favorite track on the album? I didn’t think so! We’ll jump right over to “Broken Soul” (song 6) and talk about why it is my favorite. Surprisingly, its length had little to do with why it is my favorite; that was just an added bonus in this case. Jeff is an awesome vocalist, and proves just how much so on this track. He begins singing in a very smooth low pitch, almost (but not quite) a cappella, with just a guitar strumming a few notes at a time then lead guitar adding a few notes as the first verse progresses. As the song builds he screams, “Call of the wiiiiiiild!” which cues the rest of the band. Leaning heavily toward the doom metal side of the genre, it is a haunting tale of bad love choices. There are two amazing guitar solos and the last 2:33 is solely instrumental. To show how much I love this track, I have a few playlists on my iPod and this song (along with “4196” from Volume One) is on every playlist I have. Quite an accomplishment.
The most popular tracks on the album seem to be the title track (song 2), “XXX” (song 3), and “Rock God” (song 4). Song two is a shout out to all us members of the United Church of Metalheads (yes, I invented that) who practice the “Electric Ministry”. We stand together for what we believe and we will not be broken. Amen. If that pisses you off then you’re not a true metalhead, but all is not lost. Listen to this song a few more times and you should be fine. “XXX” lives up to its name, all about the porn. It’s a hard (no pun intended, or was it?) rocking song from the get-go. Then about 2:15 into the song the music gets even faster and louder with Rowan’s solo, followed by a moaning female. After she’s done, the tempo slows back down to where it was at the beginning of the song. I have no idea if that was intentional or not, but seeing as how DC4 is all testosterone I wouldn’t doubt it. At the very end of the song “she” speaks briefly, and then it’s on to track 4. Who better to do a song about a “Rock God” than a band of rock gods? This is just a great track. Shawn’s drumming style makes this song what it is. I especially like when he and Matt are the only two playing on one part toward the end.
There are four harder songs left: “25 to Life” (song 5), “Sociopath” (song 10), “Glitter Girl” (song 9), and “People (song 10). They’re just all around great songs. I really like the way “People” starts out, and find myself often starting it again and again just to hear the guitars. It has a kick ass bass line throughout also, not to mention outstanding vocal harmonies. If “Broken Soul” were not on this album I would choose “People” as my top song of choice.
And then there were two: “The Ballad of Rock and Roll” (song 8) and “Dirty Hands” (song 11). Both of these are ballads, and are both about the same length with “The Ballad of Rock and Roll” being one second longer at 5:26. They’re really pretty songs and round out the album well. So much heart went into them and it is definitely felt. I have these on repeat frequently as well.
So there you have it! Another slam dunk by the Duncan Clan. You may purchase this album directly from the DC4 web store by clicking here http://dc4store.bigcartel.com/. Right now this album is available at a special price: Volume One, Explode, and Electric Ministry can be purchased together for $20 USD. For those who prefer digital, please visit any of the links below.