"Mind Control" (Rise Above Records; 2013)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Uncle Acid are from England and they play heavy metal that sounds like Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath and the Stooges, all circa 1960. So nostalgic are these pond mates that they use vintage equipment and retro recording. The production takes you back to a time when things were fuzzy and muffled but you can hear the keys and vocals as they were meant to be.

This band would be great to see live because you could just enjoy the music without worrying about the world around you. It's not stoner rock like it sounds today, it's more psychedelic. The guitar sounds cool with sort of a Lenny Kravitz vibe. This is a great 'chill' album, just thread the needle and lay back, relax, and Uncle Acid will lure you to sleep.

This recording is their third disc.

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats: Kevin (K.R.) Starrs - lead guitar, organ, vocals; Yotam Rubinger - guitars, backing vocals; Itamar Rubinger - drums; Vaughn Stokes - bass.

To check them out on the web, visit http://www.acidcoven.com.

Rating Guide:

  A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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