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Acid Dream : Lowly Sun Dies (EP)

Acid Dream rock out like Motorhead on Mogadon...

"Open wide the gates of hell". So speaks the audio sample as the first track kicks off. And 'kick off' it does. Do not for one minute imagine that it's to let all manner of demonic abominations out of that dark realm. Rather, it's an invitation to let us all in. Principally to enjoy a cornucopia of forbidden fruits, sensual pleasures, frothy ales, psychotropics and herbal delights whilst listening to the band of the night - Acid Dream.

Formed earlier this year, they already have three releases - including this one - to their name, in the form of two EP's and a single which can be found on their Bandcamp page and all of which are more than worth a listen or two.

If the first release had the spectre of Electric Wizard hanging over it, then here we are dealing with 'Monument'-era Grand Magus. Neither of which are bad things in any way, shape or form. Acid Dream are just about everything you could wish for within the Stoner/Trad Doom arena. They're not just slow and heavy, there's a real swagger here, and they evoke so much. Even on the first few listens you can smell the scuzzy bar and see the low orange lights within, giving a faint glow to the grubby, denim-clad, hirsute throng swaying and nodding in time to the music. There's also a strange musk in the air and the walls flicker with psychedelic colours and shapes... you get the idea...

Riff-wise these guys can hold themselves up there with the best in the genre right now. Big, slack, and ever so slightly behind the beat, these are songs to kick back to as well as rock out. Yes, rocking out. Headbanging. Old school. You dig? Throughout the EP Acid Dream don't simply rely on repeating riffs or sections of songs, which would work well enough, moreover they pepper the songs with the odd lead lick or motif, occasional solo, and spoken word samples, all of which give the band their own peculiar charm.

Vocal comparisons will be made to a certain Ian Kilminster but to be honest the music is so good you'll be too busy headbanging and enjoying yourself to care. It's quite a striking resemblance at first, but the similarity fades quite quickly into a voice with its own whiskey soaked character. In fact, come to think of it, Motorhead on Mogadon (and plenty of it) isn't a bad way to think of these guys.

If the last track on their 'Paranoid Animals' EP was an indication of things to come on here then after listening to 'Lowly Sun Dies' I can't wait for the next trip, which according to their Facebook page is already in the offing.

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Reviewer's rating: 8.5/10


Tracklist :
1. The End Has Come
2. Voluntary Human Extinction
3. Lowly Sun Dies

Duration : Approx. 28 minutes

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Reviewed on 2014-10-19 by Matt Halsey
Aesthetic Death
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