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2013 release from the Psychedelic Rock band. Arriving at an abandoned barn beneath a dead summer sky, Uncle Acid sets up his crackling vintage tweed amp. Nestled between bales of hay he sings tales of murder, lust and horror. He is soon joined by two female deadbeats he met hitchhiking. Playing on battered old pawn shop instruments, the trio record their tales onto a broken eight track tape machine. A strange dynamic appears within the band, as Acid reveals himself as leader and controller of minds. The band has now taken over the barn. Illegal electricity powers old televisions and amplifiers. Old horror films play constantly as the trio delve deeper into a strange understanding based on drugs, lust and control. The music continues...
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • ASIN: B00BZW5U2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By N. J. Scroggins on April 17, 2013
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As a longtime fan of doom metal, and stoner metal, I've heard many bands attempt to channel the magic of a sound that has its roots in the 70's. Being older than your average metal head, I remember when Sabbath was still putting out new albums, I remember when Cathederal and St. Vitus were as Doom as it got and I remember when Kyuss was a new thing, practically single handedly starting the stoner metal genre that followed. Just when I thought I had heard it all, and enough of it...here comes Uncle Acid. Their previous album was hugely successful not because it used tired tropes done too many times before, but because it had genuinely good songwriting combined with excellent execution.
On their sophomore release, Uncle Acid proves they are no one hit wonder. Stylistically, things are a bit different this time out. The songs are generally a bit slower and longer, sometimes venturing into territory that owes more to Revolver era Beatles than Black Sabbath. The unifying horror theme of the last album has been replaced by songs that more distinctly stand apart from one another. Have no fear, however, there is no shortage of doom, fuzz or catchy riffs, and the vocals are easily on par with the unique greatness of the last album. This is in many ways is the best one could expect for a second album. It not only shows that the first album was no fluke, but also is no re-hash. Here is a band in top form, expanding on the greatness of the genre and their own success.
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Oh, stoner rock. At this point you are such a cliche it's hard to even know where to begin in explaining why this album is the stoner rock record of the year. I know this will disappoint legions of lazy writers, but "having some good riffs" does not equal being "Sabbathy," or being "like Black Sabbath." There has to be SOME criteria to distinguish who does and does not sound like Black Sabbath, but what exactly that is gets hazier with each passing reference to Tony Iommi by a critic who's just not that familiar with 70's hard rock or modern metal.

So here you go people - here's the best certifiably "Sabbathy" album of 2013. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats sound like the inventors of heavy metal, and they sound similiar to them in a way that does not evoke the terms ripoff or imitation. They arrange songs differently, while still being clearly influenced by the warm, fuzzy tones and gargantuan riffs of the original dark lords of doom. And - please take note stoner rock community - they occasionally swing. Yes, like jazz. The reason why half of Black Sabbath's riffs are so memorable is because Bill Ward played behind the beat, forcing you to tap your foot, forcing you to bang your head in time to his playing. Sabbath was always about shifting dynamics, not about hammering you with the same riff over and over again. The jazzy and bluesy playfulness that takes over halfway through the first track on this LP, Mt. Abraxas, forced me to stop whatever I was doing and just listen to and completely focus on this record. From that moment I was totally hooked. No email, no book, nothing could draw me away from this fantastic garden of molten riffage and shapeshifting songwriting dynamics.

These Englishmen can write songs. not just collections of riffs.
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A unique band. Great sabbathy type riffs, eerie lyrics, John Lennon-esque vocal style. Beautiful psychedelic sounds.
A must have. I traveled from Los Angeles to London last month to see them play two nights in a row. Of course they rocked! Uncle Acid is awesome!
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Leaps and bounds better than their 2011 release "Blood Lust" (which wasn't bad), "Mind Control"
rocks with authority & style, delivering nine totally engrossing, massive songs that cover every-
thing from doom metal to psychedelic prog-rock. The guitars have a majestically elevated roar
that manifests itself with the power and "oomph" of classic hard rock chord structures. There's
an aura of fist-clenching strength in the sprawling, hard-edged Crazy Horse-styled six-string
flare-ups. The ever-present din of noise is guided by the growl of glam/punk/doom-drone
melody. Psychedelic mayhem is corralled and channeled through the band's vision of acid-
dripped power rock, while the presence of pop/drone driven atmospherics fills the black hole with
dark paisley love notes. Absolutely perfect music for those bong-bowl moments that require the
muscle of rock to drop like stars from space in a splatter pattern of smooth & pure, crunchy-hard
flower power. Out of Cambridge, England, the band references artists as diverse as Big Elf,
UFOmammut, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Naam, Black Sabbath, Baroness, Torche, White Manna,
Spacemen 3, The Saint James Society, Kadavar. This one is for the drugged-out guitar freaks, a
killer treat for head-nodding, black light rockers. -Excellent_
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Chances are you've already listened to Blood Lust if you're reading this review. If you haven't, please try to rectify that mistake. If you have, then you will naturally be able to see and feel the progression of Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats in Mind Control, their sophomore album for Rise Above Records/Metal Blade Records. Whereas Blood Lust felt like the gathering of a cult, Mind Control feels like the cult has turned into a living, breathing society ready to lash out against the world. A little more heavily steeped in contemporary heavy metal, Mind Control is a more aggressive-sounding record than Blood Lust while further cementing the fact that Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats are here to stay. And that, my friends, is a good thing.

As stated above, the first half of Mind Control is much more aggressive and much faster than the heady psych-metal of Blood Lust. "Mt. Abraxas" takes you into the heart of the band's metaphorical commune, immersing you in the dark, sweaty, bloodthirsty halls of many of humanities deepest emotions. "Mind Crawler" begins to warp your mind as well as your perceptions of the world around you, twisting your thoughts until you desire nothing more than to bite the "Poison Apple" as part of the initiation rite: the "Desert Ceremony." In that deadly ritual, you fall under the spell of Uncle Acid's "Evil Love" as you and your fellow Deadbeats sing the "Death Valley Blues." It is then that you and your fellow Deadbeats "Follow the Leader" to the "Valley of Dolls" to do the "Devil's Work"!

All jokes aside, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats may very well have outdone themselves with this album.
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