Dr. Acula: Below Me

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Dr. Acula: Below Me
Deathcore
Uprising Records
July 29th, 2008
Release length: 32:06
Myspace
Below Me is one of those albums that leaves you scratching your head wondering what the Hell it was that you just sat through. While some of the material on the album isn’t all that bad, there’s plenty of things wrong with it. From generic Deathcore and Hardcore elements, to hollow moments, to rapping, Below Me begs the question of what could this band possibly have been thinking of when they put this CD out. But then again, the fact that all but two songs are named after books in the R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps story series should be proof enough that something is just not right.

Right from the start with the non-Goosebumps affiliated song (obviously) “Beer Pong Massacre”, it’s clear that you are in for one very rough time with this album because it feels like, in no time at all, the band throws in some sort of white-boy suburban living rap segment mid-song and completely destroys it. Not only that but you also have to worry about later songs like “You Can’t Scare me” which features a drum solo that would have been alright, but the rest of the music just sounds very hollow against it and could have been a hell of a lot better. But, that’s not the worst. “Say Cheese and Die” is absolute laugh riot, between generic Deathcore riffs, horrible gang chants, laughable lyrics and vocal performance, and a somewhat Electronica moment along with some audio snippets (the snippets being the best part of the song honestly). If it just seems like it keeps getting worse and worse with every track you get into, then good, because it does. There is practically nothing else but failure ahead of this track, and “Shocker On Shock Street” is the crowning glory of it all.

There really aren’t any highlights to album at all. Some of the breakdowns on here are alright, and sometimes the music can be rather tight and complex, which is always a nice element to have, but that’s about it. The band just sounds absolutely amateurish with the performance they bring, lacking practically any structure and sounding like a bunch of drunken idiots that were handed musical instruments, a microphone, and access into a recording studio with a free pass on a record contract to spend as much money as they want, with probably all that money going to beer. To sit there and say this album is unique is an understatement. Perhaps for a select demographic it’s an important album since, if you actually listen to the underlying music that the band presents, there really is potential from the band to craft a really good album. There’s absolutely no denying that. However, Below Me is far from that good album due to practically every song on here, aside “Say Cheese And Die Again” which features some great guitars and atmospheric keyboards. Had the album been constructed with more tracks like this one with it’s sheer intensity and the actual structure of a good song without the vocalist sounding like an idiot or stereotypical homosexual no absolutely no reason whatsoever (not bashing homosexuals, just stating it sounds dramatically out of place considering his range).

Either way, Below Me is utter garbage. Once again Dr. Acula shows they have some potential, but this release ultimately just winds up being composed of amateurish elements with only one song, maybe two with the track “Beast from the East”, on the entire release that is actually worth listening to. Hopefully the band changes their ways and focusing on writing more songs with the structure that “Say Cheese And Die Again” had, but who knows if it will ever happen. For their sake, let’s hope it happens soon. So, as far as this release goes, just ignore it and move on.

01. Beer Pong Massacre – 2:17
02. Why I’m Afraid of Bees – 1:17
03. Night of the Living Dummy – 1:27
04. Go Eat Worms – 2:50
05. You Can’t Scare Me – 3:02
06. Say Cheese and Die – 1:51
07. Shocker On Shock Street – 1:43
08. Piano Lessons Can Be Murder – 1:53
09. Say Cheese and Die Again – 2:26
10. Monster Blood – 1:54
11. The Cuckoo Clock of Doom – 1:57
12. How I Got my Shrunken Head – 2:12
13. Party – 1:04
14. Beast from the East – 2:17
15. Calling All Creeps – 3:56
Overall Score: 1.5/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by personal funds.