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Album of the day: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – The Night Creeper

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Looking at the ascendancy of the UK’s Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (often stylized with a lowercase ‘d’ on the last word) over the last half-decade is like staring into the abyss of our own worst impulses, and it seems unlikely the band would have it any other way.

Portrayals of murder, exploitation, the celebration of cult mindsets, all provide the VHS-grained fuel for the four-piece’s fire. Their aesthetic accomplishments have been beyond considerable. Since debuting in 2010 with the only-20-made-and-never-reissued Vol. 1, Uncle Acid made their breakthrough in 2011 with Blood Lust, which was subsequently reissued as their first offering through Rise Above Records, then in partnership with Metal Blade.

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - The Night Creeper

Their third album, Mind Control, followed in 2013, and by then their influence had already begun to spread to a league of up-and-coming groups interested in capturing a similar style of lo-fi garage doom and psychedelia. That influence has only increased its span as Uncle Acid began to establish a presence as a live, and subsequently touring, act, and their fourth full-length, The Night Creeper, arrives through Rise Above with the band — guitarist / vocalist Kevin R. Starrs, guitarist  /vocalist Yotam Rubinger, bassist / backing vocalist Vaughn Stokes and drummer Itamar Rubinger — positioned as forerunners of a style they helped create, having fostered a sound that has retained its immediate identifiability despite a growing number of players in the US, UK and Europe taking cues from it.
Plenty out there are trying, but no one sounds as much like Uncle Acid as Uncle Acid. Their sonic individualism has been a great source of their success up to this point.

Couple that individual style with songwriting so memorable as to make tracks about stabbing people seem like generational landmarks, a classic mystique and a balance between wider-market conceptual horror appeal and preaching-to-the-converted Sabbathism, and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats‘ reach is as multifaceted as the band’s hooks are infectious. The Night Creeper, the bulk of which was tracked live by Liam Watson of Toe Rag Studios in London, does nothing to interrupt Uncle Acid‘s momentum.

Continue reading: THE OBELISK – REVIEW: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, The Night Creeper
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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Album of the Day: Carousel – 2113

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Don’t let its minimalist cover fool you, Carousel‘s 2113 is brimming with life. The Pittsburgh four-piece’s second offering through Tee Pee Records after a raucous debut two years ago with Jeweler’s Daughter, the nine-song /4 6-minute collection also marks the arrival of guitarist Matt Goldsborough, who doubles in labelmates The […]

Album of the day: High on Fire – Luminiferous

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It is a fun coincidence of timing that High on Fire‘s seventh album, Luminiferous (released by eOne Metal), should arrive — a summer blockbuster in its own right — just one month after George Miller‘s film Mad Max: Fury Road, since the two works would […]

Album of the Day: Weedeater – Goliathan

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015

Lovinly pinched from The Obelisk: For those who would be inclined to do so, there are really two ways to take on listening to Weedeater at this stage in their career. One can take a record like the 10-track / 34-minute Goliathan, the fifth full-length of their 17-year tenure, first for […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Sunday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Here is the fourth issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of yesterday’s festivities by Adrien Begrand, the usual daily picks of must see acts plus a wish list of artists the contributors would love to see grace the Roadburn stages in […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Saturday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Here is the third issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of yesterday’s festivities by Alex Mysteerie, the usual daily picks of must see acts and Walter Roadburn very own heartfelt memories of previous years festivals, which we felt was so […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Friday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2015

Here is the second issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of yesterday’s festivities by José Carlos Santos, the usual daily picks of must see acts and our Roadburn memories from previous years. 1,000 copies will be printed (limited edition!) which […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch – Thursday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Here is the first issue of this year’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of last night’s Hardrock Hideout by Pete Green, and picks for today’s must-see acts at the first day of Roadburn, as well as a special look at the Cul de […]

The Weirdo Canyon Dispatch Returns to Roadburn 2015!

Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015

For the second year in a row, Roadburners will be able each day to pick up a new issue of Roadburn Festival’s daily ‘zine, Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, at the 013 venue. Introducing a daily publication was something we did for the first time in 2014, and the results were great! […]

Album of the Day: Elder – Lore

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There are really two approaches one might take in considering Lore, the third full-length from Massachusetts trio Elder, released in the US by Armageddon Shop and in Europe on Stickman Records. The short way is to say they’ve turned from the deep-toned heavy psych style […]