Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats “Vol. 1” Album Review + Music Video…

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

VOL. 1 – Vinyl // CD // DD 

Rise Above Records – (Re-Release / Remastered) October 13, 2017

Reviewed by Terry “The Ancient One” Cuyler

 

Dancing in the Witches Garden

Hello Tasters today I’m gonna serve up some tasty music from a band called Uncle Acid & The deadbeats. Formed in Cambridge England in 2009 by Kevin Starrs, Uncle Acid & The deadbeats was originally: Mastermind & Frontman Kevin Starrs,  on vocals and guitars, Kat on Bass, and Red on Drums. While Uncle Acid & The deadbeats transformed from a power trio into a quartet after Kat and Red left. It was with then that  Uncle Acid & The deadbeats established it’s signature sound using elements of acid rock, British pop, and metal, with themes on occult, horror, drugs, murder and mayhem.

For those who are unfamiliar with them, until October this year a search on Amazon and iTunes would have only turned up  Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats’ 2nd, 3rd, and 4th albums on CD and MP3 . Though it would be released as a limited edition vinyl in 2014 The album Vol. 1 was initially used like a demo. Marketed directly to the fans on MySpace & YouTube with a limited release of 30 albums on CD-R Vol.1 helped the band purchase better recording equipment for their 2nd self produced and recorded album Blood Lust. Which after a limited release of 100 on CD-R was picked up by Rise Above Records in 2011 and re-released introducing Uncle Acid’s signature sound to a wider audience.

While I can find no fault with Uncle Acids decision to initially only release Vol. 1 on vinyl, it was on the pricey side. Those who wanted to listen to it had to seek it out on YouTube and burn a copy from a friends album if they didn’t want to buy it on vinyl.  Now that Vol. 1 has been reissued on CD, Vinyl, and MP3 fans can throw away and delete their bootleg copies and get the real deal. Although Blood Lust was the album that got myself and many other fans into  Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats it all started with Vol.1.

Band Logo

What I enjoyed most about Vol. 1 is knowing that although it had to be done on a limited budget, Uncle Acid & The deadbeats still managed to create an auditory work of art. Opening with “Crystal Spiders,” I was immediately sucked into the album and still find myself having to fight the urge to dance around like a hippie on LSD when I listen to Vol. 1 in public. I like all of the songs on Vol. 1 but some of the best are “Witches Garden” and “Lonely And Strange.” Both tracks are sort of has The Doors does metal feel with some creepy electric organ and the latter having some stellar electric and acoustic guitar work by Kevin Starrs that boarders on the divine.

Then once again we get to listen to that amazing electric guitar and electric organ in “Vampire Circus.” “Do What Your Love Tells You” the album’s 6th track has just got some gnarly fuzzed out psychedelic riffs. Closing the album out is the creepy song ‘Wind Up Toys.”  For those who intend to buy this album on vinyl if you get the band’s special edition it will include the bonus track of  Uncle Acid’s cover of the Kinks song “Wicked Annabella”.

Additional Links:
http://riseaboverecords.com/product/vol-1/

https://www.facebook.com/uncleacid/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyOgOmJXlljJqenteOXSboA

 

Album Lyrics

Crystal Spiders

 

I can feel two spiders in my mind

Tangled thoughts in webs they left behind.

I fill my head with misery and smoke.

There’s no use it seems they have awoke.

They crawl, they fall,

Those tiny crystal spiders in my mind.

 

I feel them tapping neat against my brain.

The sound alone at night drives me insane.

The blood runs through my ears and through my eyes.

Skull prison has broken from its ties.

They crawl, they fall,

Those tiny crystal spiders in my mind.

 I just wish they’d go,

Leave me alone.

 

Witches Garden

 

In the witch’s garden,

Plants are burning red.

Hear the witches chanting,

As they raise the dead.

 

Man is watching from forest trees.

Man is watching from forest trees.

 

In the witch’s coven,

Bells are tolling long.

See the spirits dancing,

To their master’s song.

 

Man is watching from forest trees.

Man is watching from forest trees.

 In the witch’s sermon,

Garland passed around.

In the burning circle,

As they hear the sound.

 Man is watching from forest trees.

Man is watching from forest trees.

 

Dead Eyes Of London

 

There was a ring of blind men

Sent by the reverend to kill

Wealthy old pigs feasting on swill

Inside the mouth of madness

The killer creeps into view

A shadow cast in torment

Coming for you

 

Dead Eyes of London – They’re watching you

Dead Eyes of London – Follow you home

Dead Eyes of London – They’re watching you

 

You’re never coming back, you’re never coming back

 

Down by the river

They found another man

Old fat and wealthy he fits the plan

The foggy streets are silent

The cobbled stones are slick

Blind flash of violence, you must be quick

 

Lonely And Strange

 

I look through the window to see world passing me by.

The Harvest sun setting, the smoke rises up through the sky.

The cold chill is creeping through cracks in the ceiling and floor.

Old branches we gathered and brown leaves to seal up the door.

 

We won’t ever change,

You know we just stay the same

I’m lonely and strange

 

Old October breeze as we walk through the trees to our home.

We’re stopped by a farmer, an old fashioned charmer alone.

We won’t ever change,

We just stay the same

I’m lonely and strange

 

Vampire Circus

 

On a winter’s cold and frosty morning she came

Eyes were glowing red to all that looked at them

What did she see, it was not me

And in her hand were coins of three

 

On her crooked back, the sack of crops she’d sewn

Beneath the harvest tree, she stood there all alone

And in her eyes, saw her disguise

An evil woman tell’s no lies

 

Here comes the Vampire Circus

Come taste warm blood from her kiss

Enter the death wall of mirrors

You’ll die in Vampire Circus

 

The woman passing steals from dead men’s eyes

The sickly village taken by surprise

What do they need, the count is freed

On little children they all feed

 

Here comes the Vampire Circus

Come taste warm blood from her kiss

Enter the death wall of mirrors

You’ll die in Vampire Circus

 

Do What Your Love Tells You

 

Up on the tallest mountain, there lives the highest priest

Above the bloodied fountains, below the godly feast

 

Do what you want to do, is what he said to me

Do what your love tells you, to do

 

He stopped the rain with his chanting, the villager looked to the sky

The white sun had appeared, the black clouds had gone by

 

Do what you want to do, is what he said to me

Do what your love tells you, to do

 

He raised his hand up in silence, the gathered crowd all stood still

He said he brings with him violence, just through his mind he could kill

 

Do what you want to do, is what he said to me

Do what your love tells you, to do

 

I Don’t Know

 

I don’t think anyone’s here, but I have no eyes.

Footsteps I follow are clear, they tell me no lies.

I don’t know what you know.

 

I don’t think anyone cares, they don’t come see me.

Left at the top of the stairs, they don’t believe me.

I don’t know what you know.

 

I feel the pain down my back, yeah.

Roll down the stairs to attack, yeah.

My sharpened nails are so strong.

I wanted you oh for so long, yeah.

I plunge the knife in your neck, yeah.

I slip on the blood on a wreck, yeah.

 

I should have stayed home in the night.

Because killers don’t kill in the light, yeah.

 

Wind Up Toys

 

Left up alone in the attic with the crucified picture of Christ.

There was blood on his hands and a memory from those he enticed.

The wind up ballerina dances to a tune I’ve heard a thousand times.

But all I’ve got to keep me sane is her old chimes.

 

Now and then I’ll wind her up again.

I’ll push her hair. She likes it when I’m there.

My windup toys. Windup toys. Windup Toys

 

I’ve yet to see a day of sunlight. I guess they don’t want me around.

It’s just me and Jesus and a gentle playing sound.

Little drumming soldier drumming and a carousel that sings and glows.

When I’ll be set free nobody knows.

 

Now and then I’ll wind her up again.

I’ll push her hair. She likes it when I’m there.

Windup toys. Windup toys. Windup Toys

 

I’d like to go downstairs, but it seems nobody cares.

I’d like to see the blue sky and the clouds that pass on by.

I’m trapped within my cell with Jesus here as well.

But I hear that wood latch good. If I had a match I would.


Beastmaker “Inside The Skull” Album Review & Music Video…

Beastmaker

Inside the Skull – Vinyl // CD // DD

Rise Above Records – Release Date: May 19th, 2017

Reviewed by Santiago “Chags” Gutierrez

 

“Do you believe that someone out of the past – someone dead – can enter and take possession of a living being?” This is certainly an intriguing question asked by the character of Gavin in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, Vertigo. When pertaining to Beastmaker, the answer is a wholehearted YES! Beastmaker seem possessed by early Black Sabbath and other similar vintage doom rock from the past. These Californians have invoked those spirits to produce, what is in my book, a top ten contender for 2017.

Live band Pic

Beastmaker recorded Inside the Skull in three days. Andres Alejandro Saldate (drums) mixed and mastered while Trevor William Church (guitars/vocals) engineered. The band is rounded off by John Tucker (bass). Johanna Sadonis from Lucifer lends her unmistakable voice to “Heaven to Hell” and “Now Howls the Beast”. Knate from Salem’s Pot also makes a guest appearance. His contribution seamless given his track record with Salem’s Pot.

Church relates that the album was inspired by a myriad of topics. The base of the inspiration coming from horror movies such as Tomb of the Blind Dead. Thriller and suspense literature and movies such as the previously mentioned Vertigo by Hitchcock, and a distaste for organized religion were also cited as influences. The simple, yet effective, album cover was rendered by Branca Studios and perfectly conveys the contents therein. All ten tracks purveying a hauntingly doomy background to their style of old vintage metal.

 

 

Opening number “Evil One” initiates the proceedings with a wonderful doomy riff that drives the song along at a brisk pace. Album closer “Sick Sick Demon” bookending the album in much the same way. “Heaven to Hell” is a more varied track that ebbs and flows with its tempos. “Now Howls the Beast” and “Inside the Skull” feature some impressive solos. “Nature of the Damned” and “Psychic Visions” providing a mid-tempo that keeps things varied enough to create a dynamic album.

Beastmaker has created a memorable doom rock album with vintage overtones that does not disappoint. Inside the Skull is due to release on May 19th via Rise Above Records. Yes, Rise Above, so you pretty much know what is in store. It’s the perfect label for this band. They will be touring in May and June with Zakk Sabbath, so catch them live if you can. Now, in the words of the character Madeleine from Vertigo, “there is something I must do.” So, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll take another listen (or two) to this one.

Tour Schedule


BEASTMAKER Reveal ‘Inside The Skull’ Details, Official Video & Tour Dates

Fresno, California’s occult doom trio Beastmaker will bring their macabre sonic arts to the music loving masses via their new album, ‘Inside The Skull‘, on May 19th. The Rise Above Records release promises to revive the halcyon days of proto-doom and early vintage rock. Today the artwork and track listing for the album have been revealed along with an official video, ‘Nature Of The Damned‘. Recorded and produced by the band themselves, in their own self-built studio, this promises to be an album of fundamental heaviness.

Once Inside The Skull is released, the band will be hitting the road in the US with Zakk Wylde‘s Black Sabbath tribute act, Zakk Sabbath. Tour dates can be found below.

Beastmaker InsideTheSkull

Tracklisting:

“Evil One”
“Heaven To Hell”
“Now Howls The Beast”
“Of God’s Creation”
“Give Me A Sign”
“Nature Of The Damned”
“Psychic Visions”
“Inside The Skull”
“Night Bird”
“Sick Sick Demon”

Nature Of The Damned” video:

Beastmaker on tour:

May (with Zakk Sabbath)
17 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St*
18 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
19 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
20 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Theatre*
21 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter*
22 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall*
23 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
24 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia Nola*
25 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
26 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
28 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
30 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
31 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

June (with Zakk Sabbath)
2 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
3 – Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle Brewing*
4 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
6 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
7 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
8 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
10 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
17 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater

*Headline show

Zakk Sabbath Tour

Ides Of Gemini – “Women” Album Review & Stream…

IDES OF GEMINI

Women – Vinyl // CD // DD 

Rise Above Records – Released April 28th, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

 

Current Location: Los Angeles CA

Band Members: Sera Timms, J. Bennett, Scott Batiste, Adam Murray

Previous Releases: Old World New Wave (Neurot September 2014) / Hexagram 45 7″ (Magic Bullet, April 2013) / Constantinople (Neurot, May 2012) / Ides Of Gemini / Vermapyre split (Magic Bullet, February 2012) / The Disruption Writ EP (November 2010)

Review:

What started as a two member project at some point in 2010 (or before), has since become a four member force. Core members Sera and J. began this journey as a cult/Slavic revival type of project using all things dark and ethereal and forging their own sound of plush harmonies and foreboding imagery in their compositions that keep fans coming back for more and dragging their friends along for the ride. With this new line-up and fifth release, IDES OF GEMINI are ready to take us to the next-level as they serve up 10 tracks, each about a woman as the title implies.

Pro Band Pic

 

‘Mother Kiev’ comes out of the gate fast and strong showing this new line-up is serious and ready to prove it. Power chords running amock and a drumline that takes full control of the body and that bass line, the perfect accent. Sera’s voice has never sounded better and J.’s chops are as biting as you could expect. ‘The Rose’ has a more tempered pace and Sera’s voice writhes around your head with her signature crescendo and lilt all the way through the slide out ending. ‘The Dancer’ is more staccato in pace and the choppy guitar lines flow seamlessly. ‘Raft Of Medusa’ has a lone guitar intro and then the band jumps up and rolls through this tale, not afraid to go all out with this pace that pulls you forth without resistance. ‘Heroine’s descent’ is slower and darker than we have been to this point on the record and lets the IDES OF GEMINI legacy of plush vocals shrouded in shadows continue with an even bigger sound than we have witnessed on any previous release while keeping that thicker guitar presence brought to this album permeate with an intensity that completes the recipe that J. and Sera have been perfection for the last seven years plus. ‘Swan Diver’ / ‘Zohra’ / ‘She Has A Secret’ and’Queen Of New Orleans’ are each strong compositions on their own and continue the stellar performance from EACH member to make this record the best to come yet from the IDES OF GEMINI camp and whether intentional as a concept or not, they fit perfectly together as a whole and show what focus and perseverance can achieve.

Standout track on this record, for ME, is ‘The Last Siren’. From the slow fade in of the thundering drum/bass combo to the jangly yet biting guitar line, complete with staggered fills, I found myself moving with involuntarily and turning it up louder and louder while feeling wrapped in that soaring voice and welcoming and savoring each high note and low alike.

This could and SHOULD be the one to break them out to the rest of the world and I encourage to do your part; BUY the record, support them when they make it to your part of the world and tell anybody you know to do the same. Once they hear this, they will have to agree it is a must-have for 2017!!


IDES OF GEMINI Share New Song ‘The Rose’

The fantastic retro-vibe rock band Ides Of Gemini will release their new album, ‘Women‘, through Rise Above Records on April 28th. Today, Taste Nation LLC is excited to be able to share Cult Nation‘s premiere of one of the tracks off the stunning new LP, “The Rose“. The song’s slow-revolving style and ethereal heaviness are exactly the type of traits we’ve all come to love within the music of Ides Of Gemini. – Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

IoG LP

Women Track Listing:
1. Mother Kiev
2. The Rose
3. The Dancer
4. Raft of Medusa
5. Heroine’s Descent
6. Swan Diver
7. The Last Siren
8. Zohra
9. She Has a Secret
10. Queen of New Orleans