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Dr. Acula: Social Event of the Century
Deathcore
Victory Records
April 20th, 2010
Release length: 25:46
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To many fans of metal, the band Dr. Acula is a band that is essentially the butt of many jokes. Thanks to the material found on the band’s debut album, they found a home with the “scene” kids of the Hardcore and Deathcore styles. However, with the release of Social Event of the Century, we find Dr. Acula seeming to take a more serious approach to their music and actually composing track that greatly surpass those that were once annoying as all hell, while still having a few tracks and moments that will make you wanna run to the nearest living thing and start beating the living piss out of it.

First of all, the music on almost all the tracks on Social Event of the Century is actually very impressive. The track “The MusicVideo Game Olympics” is a fun track to listen to, and also has a really impressive guitar solo. Some of the other more appealing material on here comes on the track “The ‘L’ Train to ‘Hightown'” which is a well crafted track that actually features some singing during a very catchy chorus, as well as the intense “The Rise and Fall of T.H.C. Tennis”. Even some of the riffs on “Showstopper!” and the accompanying keyboards really work out well with the song to create a rather atmosphere sound that compliments the track entirely and takes it down a rather Ska/Punk road for a little while that surprisingly works for it.

However, the band’s usage of audio clips from pop-culture movies and television show favorites such as South Park and Family Guy can get rather annoying. The constant use of the word “Fuck” in the audio snippet used in “There’s No Glory in Fame” is rather hysterical, but some of the clips sound awful against the crisp, clear production quality of the album, as well as sometimes can go over for a few seconds too long and leave you scratching your head. The clip from South Park during “The MusicVideo Game Olympics” is a perfect example, being greatly muffled against the high quality recording of the actual album, as well as spanning a few seconds too long to incorporate an entire statement from the show that could have just been cut down. Each track seems to have a sample of some kind, and in some cases two, or the same one split up through the song, but at least the band managed to work some of them into the audio well enough that the abrupt stop to the music is very short and winds up at least keeping things flowing. Honestly, had these audio samples not been included in the first place, including the higher pitched muffled singing at the end of “The ‘L’ Train to ‘Hightown'”, this would have been a must own album!

Even still, Social Event of the Century is actually a rather surprising album from Dr. Acula considering the rather generic and sometimes migraine enducing sounds of the band’s previous release, with plenty of catchy and intense tracks that keep you coming back despite the breaking up of songs from audio samples. The band seems to be maturing moreso as a Deathcore act, and there’s plenty of evidence in some of the more Hardcore riffs and guitar solos that this band does have the potential and talent to turn into an act with plenty of promise, if not intensity, to gain a lot of respect from all walks of the Metal universe. If you’re looking for a random sleeper hit album that mixes things up, then give this new Dr. Acula album a spin, where the only real headaches stem from some of the overly technical guitar riffs that appear very rarely in the music, and the audio samples that, out of all these tracks, are really not at all useful in about eight of the songs.

01. (Welcome To) the Social Event of the Century – 2:34
02. There’s No Glory In Fame – 2:27
03. The MusicVideo Game Olympics – 2:01
04. New York, California and Nowhere In Between – 2:12
05. Wendel – 2:05
06. The “L” Train to “High Street” – 4:20
07. Cockoff! – 2:35
08. The Rise and Fall of T.H.C. Tennis – 2:17
09. Is This a Party or a Dick Measuring Contest – 1:51
10. Show Stopper! – 3:24
Overall Score: 8/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Victory Records.