|Doom Metal, Psychadelic Rock
Self-Release, Metal Blade Records (2011, 2012), Rise Above Records (2011, 2012)
May 27th, 2011 / July 17th, 2012
Release length: 42:25
In true fashion to the early style of the Psychadelic Rock sound, the audio has a rawer atmosphere, though still rather crisp for modern standards. The bass is on the deeper side, but holds a bit of a buzz to it, unlike the slight distortion of the guitars that help give many of the songs a bit of an upbeat, yet obvious Psychadelic Rock atmosphere. The drumming finds that same kind of buzz on the bass kicks, especially when the music is a little more open, but the snares blend together some lower booming output against a slightly tighter snap, showing a good amount of range dispersed throughout. The cymbals also find a bit of static over them from the analog approach of the music. The vocals sound a little more on the feminine side, though it could be a higher pitched male performance, which seems to better suit it. The volume is a little lower in the mix, and ends up a bit softer due to it and the mild distortion they also carry.
This overall audio quality works great for the often cult-fused, but typically upbeat and quite fun music the band plays. “I’ll Cut You Down” starts with an introduction of flipping through television programs before some catchy psychadelic riffs kick in with a bit of a Stoner Rock approach. The infectious rhythm is enough to immediately have you bobbing your head along, and the soft, higher vocals work out fantastic for the release, especially the layering in the slightly harder chorus that packs as much energy as the main verses, bridges, and somewhat shorter guitar solo. “I’m Here to Kill You” is a little lighter compared to some of the other songs, but the open sound still works out well, especially for the guitar solo and somewhat Progressive keyboard solo that hits afterwards when the music goes into an extended passage that does start to drag along after a little while. There’s also “13 Candles,” which is a heavier experience all together, and seems to have more of a bass focus to it. This is also one of the most addictive songs thanks to the upbeat chords and some of the excellent transitions that occur between the main verses and chorus. Again, there’s some layered vocal work that makes it a bit richer, and ends up a little tighter compared to how they are executed in “I’ll Cut You Down.”
There are some that are a little on the darker side. “Death’s Door” has a slower performance with some chords that establish a bit of a creepy tone, but some of the leads that hit in some spots do seem to offer a glimmer of hope. Again, the rhythm will easily hook the listener, maintaining a very catchy, yet slightly ritualistic vibe that the clean singing compliments well, though the pitch does come off a bit out of place to it. Then you have “Ritual Knife,” which, of course, really favors the ritualistic aspect of the Psychadelic Rock approach. The guitar chords again sound heavier, and the drums are handled with a trance-enducing rhythm that works great with the maraccas and the softer, quieter vocal performance. The chorus is a little louder, and far more explosive overall, but still sticks with the general atmosphere that the band achieves with this track. The environment is carried over to “Withered Hand of Evil,” another slower paced offering with some simpler riffs and even vocals. Additional keyboards create a haunting atmosphere similar to an early monster film of the Hammer era, which suits the lyrical content many songs have.
The 2012 CD reission of Blood Lust isn’t all that different from the first pressing. The artwork remains the same, as does the production quality. However, this edition does feature the bonus song, “Down to the Fire.” Unfortunately, this clearly doesn’t fit the rest of the material, obviously being a newly recorded cut for this pressing. This acoustic piece finds the audio a lot more crisp and far from the raw production of the eight songs before it. The guitar is also incredibly loud, almost completely drowning out the lead vocals that seem to lack the strong distortion present on everything else. The song is also without the occult aspects, introducing some birds chirping in the more silent portion towards the end, and what sounds like the crackle of fire, giving it more of a nature or pagan vibe this time around. It’s a bit out of place, though far from a really bad bonus song. If you’re a die-hard fan, chances are good you’ll still track this version down specifically for this song regardless of how good or bad it ends up being to you.
Given how fans have reacted to Blood Lust so far, and even Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats in general, there’s no denying there’s something special at work here. Given the many reissues of this specific album, and how quickly they sold out, it’s no surprise the album will be made available again, especially to push their upcoming March, 2013 full-length effort. But, what could easily be chocked up as a simple case of overhyping, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats do proove that to simply not be the case. With eight fantastic tracks, and a less-than-intriguing bonus track for the 2012 CD pressing, it’s easy to understand why so many people are so excited over this once independent group. While it isn’t the perfection many may proclaim, Blood Lust is definitely a Psychadelic Rock effort fans of the style will love the moment it starts, and return to for countless spins in the near and distant future.
01. I’ll Cut You Down – 5:03
02. Death’s Door – 7:21
03. Over and Over Again – 3:23
04. Curse in the Trees – 4:42
05. I’m Here to Kill You – 3:43
06. 13 Candles – 7:04
07. Ritual Knife – 4:46
08. Withered Hand of Evil – 6:23
|Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10
2012 CD Reissue Score: 8.5/10