Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

Vol. 1

RISE ABOVE Eng­land’s DIY psych phenomenon re­visit their first steps

Imag­ine a di­men­sion where peo­ple per­pet­u­ally pop ly­ser­gic pills, mes­meric un­der black light to the tune of Black Sab­bath’s

Vol. 4, for it is from such a realm that English­men Un­cle Acid… first ma­te­ri­alised on this, their re-re­leased and marginally cleaned-up de­but – a po­tent

DIY home­brew recorded on a shoe­string bud­get, rough as houses, and all the bet­ter for it. As they’ve since proven across four records, this is more than a mere nos­tal­gia trip. The odour of musty amps and stale bong wa­ter is po­tent on tracks such as Witches Gar­den, the or­gan, that gui­tar tone re­viv­ing heady vibes of a by­gone era. Im­pla­ca­bly cool, vo­cal­ist Kevin Starrs blesses the se­duc­tive show­man­ship of Vam­pire Cir­cus and the swing and swag­ger riff-stormer I Don’t Know with ef­fort­less mys­tique and charisma. The per­fect an­ti­dote to the ster­ile en­vi­rons of the Pro Tools era. FOR FANS OF: BLACK SAB­BATH, GHOST, JESS & THE AN­CIENT ONES


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