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Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Blood Lust Review

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Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Blood Lust

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Blood Lust

Rise Above Records
It’s very fitting that the first releases of Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats (one CD-R only and two vinyl) became such cult items. With their fuzzed-out, analog-worshiping heavy grooves, this mysterious English outfit sounds like the house band for the creepiest drug cult you can imagine.

If you grew up in the ‘70s, your parents probably warned you at some point not to put your soda down in a movie theater, because someone would likely spike it with acid. Uncle Acid would be the one to spike your drink. And Blood Lust would be what you’d hear on your trip. It would be a good trip too.

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats came to the attention of fans of vintage doom through tracks uploaded to YouTube, and two extremely limited-release, self-financed CD-Rs, Vol. 1 and Blood Lust. To date, the Cambridge, England-based band has played few live shows, and no photos of the band members (including the mysterious Uncle Acid himself) exist.

After the CD-Rs sold out, Rise Above Records issued one, then two vinyl editions, both of which sold out immediately and began fetching hundreds of Euros on Ebay. Now, thanks to Rise Above Records, another reissue of Blood Lust, their first officially licensed release, has seen the light of day. The band will release new material in March, 2013, and there are even plans for a big two-night live show debut in London in March.

While waiting to see what Uncle Acid unleashes next, the re-re-re-issued Blood Lust is an appropriately groovy and dark introduction to the band. A concept album of sorts, the loose plot revolves around an imagined old VHS tape of some long-forgotten horror B-movie. You can bet at some point in this movie a scantily clad nubile blonde runs screaming through the woods, stumbles over a twig, then raises her arm in a weak effort to defend herself as a coven of cackling hooded figures with knives surround her.

Uncle Acid’s horror show is more goofy than gory, but always with a foreboding undertone.

(released November 20, 2012 on Rise Above Records)

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