DO YOU WANT:
- The fuzzed-out and overloaded minimalist garage band-inspired sonics of Jesus & Mary Chain?
- The “dripping with ‘70s pop culture occultism” of Electric Wizard?
- The guitar interplay and inspired catchiness of classic Alice Cooper (think Easy Action and Love It to Death)?
- The moody melodicism of Neil Young?
- The doomy, blissed-out distortion of Black Sabbath?
- The cuts-like-a-razor vocals of John Lennon of “Tomorrow Never Knows?”
- The pulsing, throbbing riffage of Witchfinder General?
- A dusty, cryptic vibe straight out of an old Hammer movie watched on a trashed console TV set?
- AN ALBUM THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND RIGHT OUT OF YOUR ASS?
What if I told you that you could have all this and more in one album? NOW how much would you pay? Well, don’t look on eBay, kids, because those folks there will try to sell you this lovely, limited package for insane prices. Listen to me, and I’ll give you the scoop. Look for a reissue of this: Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats’ Blood Lust. One of 2011’s best albums, one that escaped FAR too many people’s attentions, slinking out of the darkness on Rise Above/Metal Blade Records on November 20. Because believe me, if you’re anything like me (and if you’re breathing oxygen, YOU ARE), you want this. Badly. So badly you can feel it in your bones as the chill of autumn descends. So badly that you can hear echoes of it even now, before you’ve experienced a single note. So badly that you wake up at night, visions of rituals described in the lyrics half-remembered from dreams flashing in your semi-conscious mind: disrobed participants leaping about next to bonfires as they call to their Dark Lord. You stagger through the streets, filled with a need that nothing else seems to fix, knowing somewhere deep in your heart of hearts that it’s THIS. This album, calling to you from just beyond the realm of existence.
So yeah, it’s pretty goddamned swell.
Granted, this isn’t doing anything new. It doesn’t want to. It wants to take what it loves and cram all of it together in manners you wouldn’t immediately expect but you can’t imagine happening any other way. It wants to teach you the beauty of the old ways. The bloody ways. Come, take its hand and let it lead you. Feel its evil pulsing in time with your own heartbeat.
Uncle Acid (guitar, keys, vox), Kat (bass) and Red (drums) have fashioned together this ramshackle assemblage of influences into a glorious, glorious engine of evil. They start with “I’ll Cut You Down,” which sets the stage for what you’re gonna get. “I’m paid in drugs and gold, it’s all I need / I’ll take your soul and cleanse it with my greed.” Riffs that you can’t stop banging to. And that voice. THAT VOICE. It’s the voice of madness. It’s the sound of evil posing as innocence. It’s the sound of the horror of a child’s singsong rhyme foretelling your own demise.
And it continues throughout. “Death’s Door” cuts the speed down by half, but that only serves to let you feel each hit that much more intently. “I’ll hang you higher than before / I’ll leave you dying at death’s door.” The shuffling psychedelia of “I’m Here To Kill You” (with a truly brilliant percussionary performance by Kat) takes things in an unexpected direction midway through the album, yet it’s as natural a development as one could possibly imagine. “13 Candles,” “Ritual Knife” and “Withered Hand of Evil” round out the album with tales of the evocation of Old Scratch, backed with melodies that you will not be able to shake, no matter how hard you may try.
Once you’ve been invited into the circle formed by Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, you won’t be able to escape its clutches. Surrender to your fate. Take the knife. The altar is waiting.
Album available 11/20/12 via Rise Above/Metal Blade Records.