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While Electric Fence deliver no surprises or shocks, they are nevertheless fine exponents of Spanish Rioja-Roll.

Were you to stumble across Electric Fence performing in a cosy, candlelit cellar bar in the band's native Madrid, then on the strength of 'Motorkiller' I expect you'd have a thoroughly enjoyable evening. With an inherent musical tightness built from the back forwards, courtesy of Edu Morales and Luis Maldonado on bass and drums respectively, the band deliver their brand of Southern-tinged Rock with self-assured aplomb.

The slow-burning start of opener 'Stole The Fire' introduces EF's musicians one at a time; deft cymbals are followed by growling bass and subtle wah-wah guitar, before the track picks up a gear and unleashes the drums, riff and Jorge Coello's vocals. The title track brings to mind Budgie's 'Breadfan', due in part to guitarists' Sergio Gabaldón and Manolo Vendetta's galloping guitar motif, but especially so thanks to Coello's similarity to Burke Shelley when he pushes his vocals towards their upper range.

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Morales' bass sits prominently, but not dominantly within the album's mix, as epitomised on the seventies Psychedelia-stomp of 'Red Moon Eclipse', while 'Hold My Claw On You' opens in the manner of vintage Black Sabbath, before morphing into a Stray Cats-style boogie! Closer 'I'll Never Turn My Back On You' has a calming, contemplative vibe, offset effectively by Coello's impassioned vocal delivery, while the extended guitar solo that makes up the final quarter of the six-minute number is entirely worthy of comparison to Slash's emotive 'November Rain' set piece.

While Electric Fence (now on this, their third album) deliver no surprises or shocks, they are nevertheless fine exponents of Spanish Rioja-Roll (sorry!).

Caesar Barton

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