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After releasing their debut album "Volume 1" in 2010, British occultists Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats dwelt in relative obscurity. A year later something stirred in its slumber, and the self-released "Blood Lust" was unleashed upon an unsuspecting doom underground. The buzz spread like wildfire, and soon Uncle Acid was the name on everyone's lips, leading to a spot at Roadburn and a re-release of their sophomore effort through Rise Above Records.
"Blood Lust" opens with the sound of someone channel-surfing, before stopping at what can only be describe as some exploitative horror-flick. The opening track "I'll Cut You Down" goes straight into psychedelic heavy soundscapes with an inescapable groove, carried by the wails of the Uncle himself. For most of the album the songs oscillate between psychedelic rock and roll riffs and doomy crawls, building up a feeling of dread that reaches dark climaxes with tracks like "13 Candles" and "Over And Over Again". The subject matter combined with Uncle Acid's voice sounds like Roky Erickson and Neil Young had a lovechild that decided to join Black Sabbath back in the 70s, resulting in a haze of drugs and crucifixes.
Seen as a violent 70s horror-film, "Blood Lust" is one hell of a ride. The riffs and solos are at times deviously infectious, while the rough recording-quality creates a dusty yet timeless atmosphere. It's a creepy affair, with standout tracks like "Death's Door" highlighting the classic evil doom metal sound that Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats have made their trademark. Album closer "Withered Hand Of Evil" even brings out the synth, to surprisingly good effect, emphasizing the malicious spirits on display. It's old-school doom taken to the next level, showing that their seemingly overnights success has been well-deserved.
For anyone who likes their doom metal remotely catchy, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats are a safe bet. Their distinctive brand of psychedelic horror is instantly memorable, carving out a path for themselves and leaving you wanting more, bloody more. After falling in love with the likes of "13 Candles" and "Death's Door" it's no mystery that Lee Dorrian picked this up for a re-release. Go buy this album, or you're likely to feel the cold grasp of death in your chamber tonight.
Written for The Metal Observer
You may have never heard of Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats or their second full-length release, Blood Lust. They keep a low profile, so you can be forgiven for that. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats are a three-piece hailing from Cambridgeshire, UK that plays horror-movie inspired doom with a very distinct retro 70's feel. Uncle Acid handles the vocal/guitar/organ work, Kat plays bass, and Red bangs drums. Hopefully you don't need more in the way of an introduction, as that's about all the information on this band you'll find.
First off, this is not your typical doom album. If you're looking for the second coming of Sleep or Electric Wizard, you'll be sadly disappointed - this is not Dopesmoker or Come My Fanatics. The songs found here are not slow, monolithic behemoths come to crush you under mountains of fuzz tone and plodding beats.
Blood Lust is very much a powerful throwback to the glory days of early Black Sabbath. In fact, if you didn't know better you could swear that this was a lost Sabbath demo with a different singer. This isn't the usual mindless Sabbath-worship though - this isn't another bunch of stoners trying to sound like the immortal Black Sabbath and failing miserably. This is the classic Sabbath style played effortlessly and uniquely, with a grimier production, electrifying vocal harmonies, and a superbly menacing evil atmosphere. This out-Sabbaths Sabbath.
This album conjures up a feeling of digging up graves at midnight beneath a full moon, black masses in the church basement, witches being put to the stake, and drug fiends licking bloodied knives over their victims bodies.
Uncle Acid's eerie falsetto vocals will send shivers up and down your spine. It's like King Diamond and Ronnie James Dio stole someone's child, raised it on drugs and blood, and taught it to sing. The guitar work is tremendous as well, ranging from the slower, doomy hooks on 'Death's Door' to the up-tempo riff madness of the album opener 'I'll Cut You Down'. Uncle Acid must have dug up the stumps of Tony Iommi's missing fingers and preformed some unholy voodoo magic to make riffs like these. The drums and bass are bang on too, getting the job done without stealing the spotlight from the guitars and vocals. The production gets it grit and authentic 70's feel from being recorded on ancient equipment and instruments - no studio fakery here.
If this album had been released side-by-side with say Paranoid, not only would the devil himself have taken notice, but we may all be looking back at this today and wondering who the hell these guys from Birmingham were.
You like Black Sabbath. That statement must be a given, or you can stop reading this post right now. The British three-piece Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are relatively new to the metal world. They released their debut album in 2010, and in 2011 they released their second full-length, Blood Lust. Listening to them, the fact that they're from the UK couldn't be less surprising. Their newness, on the other hand, contrasts starkly with their sound.
Blood Lust sounds a good deal like a record that was lifted straight from 1972. The production and guitar tone are right, as is the general aesthetic of the cover art. The whole thing is fuzzy, groovy, and drugged out in a way that lands them somewhere between stoner and traditional doom. The riffs sound appropriate to that time when metal bands were still tied closely to blues-based rock. The vocalist generally seems to be channeling early Ozzy, though on one track he actually reminds me a lot of late-60s John Lennon. The drumming is, as one expects in this branch of the metal tree, competent but fairly straight-forward. Most of the guitar solos focus much more on tone and flow than on speed or technicality, making them very easy to enjoy. The closing track prominently features an organ, but otherwise the musical formula is kept pretty simple and stripped-down. No bells and whistles, just good riff-driven music. The only real complaints I have are that the vocalist's voice is occasionally a bit on the shrill side, and that I wish they had scaled back the organ in the final song.
Now, I began this review the way I did for two reasons. Firstly, because if you don't like Black Sabbath you must have either never listened to them, or you have terrible taste in music. If the former is true, then you have higher priorities to address than this album. If the latter is true, then I don't want to talk to you about music. Secondly, I started that way because Black Sabbath are one of the closer comparisons I can draw to this band in musical terms. The only other group this album makes me think of is Electric Wizard, though this is not as deep and crushingly heavy as the Wiz. So those are your points of reference. If you like early Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard, I can see no reason you wouldn't thoroughly enjoy this album. Really good trad/stoner doom. Would easily have scored higher if the heavy organ use had not basically ruined the otherwise excellent closing track.
(originally posted on http://beardsetc.blogspot.com)
Occult rock/doom/stoner bands are cropping up everywhere these days like magic mushrooms after an October rain, so one needs to be cautious of going over the top with praise. Anyone can write some B movie-inspired lyrics and set them to recycled Sabbath riffs. Not much is known about Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. They are obsessed with analog technology and sixties trash horror films. That’s just about it. Nothing original, but still, any way you look at it, Blood Lust is a hell of an album.
Musically, it is a synthesis of proto-metal and garage rock, like a blend of Pentagram and Roky Erikson. Due to that constant Nuggets buzz (and the fact that Uncle Acid, their singer, sounds more like Alex Harvey than Ozzy or King Diamond), they sound very different to their peers Witchcraft, Ghost, or The Devil’s Blood. Plus there is a warm, dusty ambiance to that vintage sound as well and it compliments the music beautifully. Add a hefty dose of Process Church/trashy Satanist chic in the lyrics and you get one of the most enjoyable albums of the year.
Needless to say, Lee Dorrian and Rise Above Records have snapped them up already.
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Uncle Acid is the Devil, and he's here to do the Devil's business...
The production is very hot in the mix. It sort of reminds me of Raw Power by The Stooges and You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur. There is definately a d.i.y. vibe going on. All instruments are fat sounding and audible. The guitars spew out juicy doom-style riff after riff in the vein of Ozzy Sabbath and Thin Lizzy, with AMAZING solos coming at your eardrums constantly. Uncle Acid is most certainly a mega maestro at his instrument, and his guitar clips the red EQ throughout Blood Lust. The majority of this LP was recorded on an old tape machine that Iron Maiden supposedly recorded their first demo onto, making the retro-vibe more prominent.
Drumming is overall tight and bouncy. It isn't overly technical, but it enhances the music very well... sorta like Jizmak in GWAR. Bass follows the guitar with the occasional Geezer Butler noodling every now and then. Once in a while, Uncle Acid's organ adds some nostalgic retro vibes, especially on "I'm here to kill you", which has an evil jazzy King Crimson/ELP thing going on.
The most distinct and most important part of this album/band is indeed Uncle Acid's vocals, which sound like John Lennon's on "I Am The Walrus" if John Lennon was a vampire instead of a walrus. Its one of those vocal styles that you never forget, and can make you recognize this band instantly. His eerie falsetto sneaks and creeps around like Nosferatu's shadow coming up the stairs to eat your neck. A sense of melody makes the vocals memorable ones that get stuck in your head, rather than the sometimes traditional boring doom kind. Its these vocals that really are the crowning jewel on this LP...
I gave this album 100% because its everything I've ever wanted in a band. I also reviewed it simply because I believe Uncle Acid deserves the attention to all you wonderful freaks and geeks here at the Metal Archives. Its the kind of music that gives you hope in heavy metal. Blood lust creates a trippy 60's satanic-hippie-cult-living-out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere vibe... a vibe where music can take you to horrificly amazing places in your mind. There isn't an ounce of fat on any one of these tracks, and their sound is timeless.
In the words of Suicide from Return Of The Living Dead: "What, you think this is a fucking costume? This is a way of LIfe!"