Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"Ritual Knife"

The new record from Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats is probably the most overhyped current rock album that hasn't yet been embraced by Pitchfork. Overall, it's not bad at all, and the standout tracks are all like "song of the year" type shit...

Witch did something very similar on their 2006 debut, except that album had a lot more Black Sabbath influence.. (Witch is the band with the singer from Happy Birthday on lead vox with Sabbath-obsessive J Mascis behind the drums.) Uncle Acid's record is in the same category as Witch, except with more badass Tony Iommi riffs, and the vocals sound like a perfect combination of Lennon/McCartney and Ozzy. In fact, "Helter Skelter," "Cold Turkey" and "N.I.B." are probably the three most obvious reference points. We were skeptical at first, but after 3-4 listens, we're loving it more and more.

P.S. Don't bother searching for it on Spotify. Their CD-R recently went on sale for something like $800 each, and the vinyl is limited pressing. It's the kind of album you need to download, and totally worth 112MB's of your hard-drive space.

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