“Mind Control”

By Derelikt Waugh


 I know what you’re probably thinking: “Fuuuuck, not another Sabbath rehash band”. Well, you’re partially correct in thinking such a thing, but the very best elements of Sabbath are represented here, not just the same old ragged, overly tired riffs that have been dragged through the desert of doom a million times over. No, this album contains highly memorable, monster-sized riffs and it’s got REALLY CATCHY melodies to spare (something that a lot of doom metal bands are severely lacking). There’s definitely an element of 60s/70s garage/power pop on display, coupled with the devastating gut-punch of reverb/distortion drenched power chord whammies that have left doom metal fans salivating at the mouth for decades. In other words, we doom fans fiend for this shit, and Uncle Acid has the extremely high-grade medicine that us junkies need. This stuff is as essential as breath to doom diehards (or folks that simply dig plain old excellent music).

I could waste time and tell you numerous bands that are comparable, but comparisons seem rather moot when confronting a band that is really this fantastic. If you’re reading this review, you’re probably already tuned in to the doom genre as a whole, so you kind of know what to expect. “Mind Control” will still blow some of your preconceptions out of the water (especially with its clever utilization of Byrds style harmonies and Beatles-esque drones, a la “Rubber Soul” era). I truly can’t say enough positive things about this album. I know that doom is a genre of music that prides itself on taking a familiar formula and putting one’s own unique stamp on it, but Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats take it to an entirely separate dimension. In short, fuck labeling this masterpiece (this one being the band’s second outing, and a concept album at that). Let’s just say that you need this one. It has to be heard to be believed, and in order to truly make a convert of ye, it must be played loudly. MAXIMUM VOLUME YIELDS MAXIMUM RESULTS.