Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats: Mind Control

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Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Doom Metal, Psychadelic Rock
Metal Blade Records, Rise Above Records
April 15th, 2013 / May 14th, 2013
Release length: 50:31
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Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats may have formed in 2009, but they have earned a huge following ever since. This once largely underground group has been picked up by Rise Above Records, who reissued their self-released 2011 smash hit, Blood Lust, to a slew of critical and fan praise. Now, two years later, they present their third full-length album, Mind Control, to a very anxious fanbase not once, but twice. With an odd release schedule, one can only expect that this new offering is something special. So, is it?

Much like Blood Lust, this album carries that lo-fi quality, but the instruments are just a little sharper. This works to benefit some of the songs, such as “Mind Crawler.” This bass-heavy track pushes the Psychadelic Rock element, including some tamborines and subtle keyboards that help enrich the experience. The higher clean singing adds a little more emotion to what ends up being a really fun and upbeat track largely different than the drug induced “Poison Apple.” The song itself is still lighthearted, thanks largely to the simple, yet incredibly catchy guitarwork. The chorus, however, brings in some organs that sound as if you’re in the middle of a technicolor acid trip. While these are some really memorable songs that sum up much of the album, what Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats album would be complete with some slow, bleak, and truly dismal performances?

“Mt. Abraxas” tackles the Doom Metal aspect of their sound a little more head on. The trudgingly paced offering is full of soul crushing riffs and atmospheres of vast wastelands, met with a slightly richer chorus, and a death march-esque finish that drones on with the same tempo for a decent amount of time. All of this lays the perfect introduction to an album comprised of brainwashing and ceremonial drug induced mass murder, and isn’t met with such melancholic hopelessness again until you travel through the desolate Southern backwaters of “Follow the Leader.” Droning with simple, bass heavy chords that are held extensively towards the end, you can’t help but feel a bleak ending is on its way amid the swamps as the soft, higher pitched vocals sooth you out of such paranoia until you reach the “Valley of the Dolls.” Not only does this make you feel helpless, but also trapped, drugged to the point where you can’t even move, effectively pulled off through the trance enducing riffs and subtle changes to them to make a truly unsetteling atmosphere in the chorus.

Of all the songs though, “Evil Love” stands out largely for how different it ends up being. While it doesn’t necessarily shed the Psychadelic Rock roots of the sixties, much of the song actually comes off like a Mercyful Fate track. the haunting atmosphere is met with catchy melodic riffs with a little more aggression behind them, emitting a familiar sound fans of the band will instinctively pick up on. This approach is woven into the group’s signature riffs, all complimenting the lyrical concept of the release without ever feeling like it was blatently ripped off.

While Mind Control has some very fun and upbeat tracks, it’s just a mask being worn to hide the truly awful concepts that lay buried deep within. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats have created what could easily be one of the most realistic conceptual releases you’ll hear for quite a long while, and it’s truly inspiring to sit down with and analyze how it reflects against today’s society. It’s a mixture of drug riddled riffs and trudging crashes to reality you simply won’t be able to walk away from, all littered with infectious music you won’t soon forget. Mind Control proves just why Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats are one of the most talked about acts within the Rock and Metal communities today, and why you absolutely need to familiarize yourself with them.

01. Mt. Abraxas – 7:08
02. Mind Crawler – 4:21
03. Poison Apple – 4:13
04. Desert Ceremony – 5:09
05. Evil Love – 4:07
06. Death Valley Blues – 4:59
07. Follow the Leader – 6:28
08. Valley of the Dolls – 7:11
09. Devil’s Work – 6:55
Overall Score: 10/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Metal Blade Records.