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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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