Review: Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – ‘Blood Lust’

Hot rock from a band steeped deeply in the roots and vines of Black Sabbath.

Iann Robinsonby Iann Robinson


Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Blood Lust

Rise Above Records

Uncle Acid. He’s the kind of uncle we’d all like to have in our corner. He’s the uncle that would pick you up if you were drunk. You could get stoned with good old Uncle Acid and his buddies the Deadbeats. Uncle Acid would show you the best music, help you talk to hot chicks and probably let you drive his awesome car. Uncle Acid is, for all intents and purposes, the bomb.

Translate that kind of family accolade to album and you get Blood Lust, the latest offering from dear old Uncle Acid and his nutty band of Deadbeats. Let me warn you, the first time your ears receive the thunderous grooves of Blood Lust, you may roll your eyes and try to shut the record down. This is another band steeped deeply in the roots and vines of Black Sabbath. Saturated in distortion, Uncle Acid unabashedly lay down swamp-thick grooves of epic proportions. The drums are basic in that Phil Rudd/Bill Ward way and the bass hits so hard that your nuts will drop, even if you’re a chick.  Uncle Acid comes from the old school, a school largely informed by seventies power rock and Black Sabbath.

Even vocally there is a Sabbath thing going on as Uncle Acid projects a high pitched near-whine. While having some touches of Ozzy, Uncle Acid are smart enough to filter the vocals through a pitch shifter and then double them. The effect brings out the nostalgia as well as weird serial killer creepiness to Blood Lust. “I’ll Cut You Down” opens Blood Lust with a jam that forces the head to bang. There is no way to resist it, when the riff kicks in full tilt you will be tossing your cranium back and forth.

“Death’s Door” is slightly less successful but only because it teeters at eight minutes long. This is where you see the difference in the fun of Uncle Acid and the true genius of a band like Sabbath who can pull off eight-minute epics that never get dull. Thankfully Uncle Acid picks up the slack with “Over And Over Again”. Imagine “Highway Star” from Deep Purple if it was reimagined by The Zombies and a bit of The Yardbirds. “Curse In The Trees” is a slow and creepy jam, almost Uncle Acid’s version of “Iron Man”.  Again the grooves hang heavy like wet tree limbs in a dense forest.

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats aren’t the most original band in the world. They’ve taken various gems from various genres of music and combined them into a familiar and tasty gumbo. You don’t listen to an album like Blood Lust for deep lessons on how to push heavy music forward. Instead, you reach deep into your bag of hallucinogens, swallow some caps and stems and open your eyes as kindly Uncle Acid takes your hand and helps you step into the liquid colors of everlasting grooves.