Un­cle Acid & The Dead­beats

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - sleaze­grinder

Waste­land Rise aBove

Un­cle Acid has seen the fu­ture, and it’s f**ked.

Led by front­man/ vi­sion­ary Kevin Starr, Britain’s Dead­beats have qui­etly clawed their way through their ‘oc­cult rock’ roots in the past few years, and are now tap­ping brave new worlds.

Waste­land, the psy­che­delic doom band’s fifth al­bum, is a dystopian rock opera, ba­si­cally, like a darker and drea­rier ver­sion of the Planet P Project (aka Tony Carey) al­bum Pink World, full of fear and static and pro­pa­ganda and an­ni­hi­la­tion zones, a night­mare world of grey skies and flick­er­ing video screens. And much like Carey’s 1984 prog-pop mas­ter­piece, Un­cle Acid uses the de­cep­tively sweet melodies of late 70s AOR to hook you and draw you into his bleak and twisted tales. Hard­core doom­metal dum­mies may not get with this new plan, but the com­bi­na­tion of airy psychedelia, lum­ber­ing riffs and shame­lessly poppy hooks turn head­bangers like Shock­wave City, Blood Run­ner and the epic, seven-minute ti­tle track into cin­e­matic works of art.

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