Dr. Acula
Below Me


1.5
very poor

Review

by David Witten USER (12 Reviews)
August 7th, 2008 | 13 replies | 9,668 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: By improving their sound, Dr. Acula has become less interesting than they were before.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Dr. Acula isn't really the band you go to for technical precision, or for a meaningful listening experience. Dr. Acula with their last album, S.L.O.B., proved themselves as a joke. Their vocalist was bad, the guitars were stale, and the electronics were childish. With Below Me they have become a little more serious, and a little worse.

This album suffers from the same problems that the previous album did. The vocals, while improved quite a bit, are still well below average. The pig squeals are greatly reduced on this album, and the screams and death growls have become stronger and less of a joke. Instead of the vocals on the last album, which were clearly a joke and weren't to be taken seriously, the vocals on this album are just bad. Only the spoken word parts still have the humorous tendencies of the past album.

The guitars are extremely simple. Almost everything is played on the two lowest strings. There are some simple leads and dissonant screeching, but most of it is just chugging eighth notes, sometimes with rests in between them! There is bass on this album, and if you listen for it you can hear it, but it's nothing special. The drums on this album are probably the best thing about it, and even then they aren't really even that good. They keep pace, the double bass is overused but steady, and they do nothing but serve there purpose, something that nothing else on this album does. All the instruments on the album sound better though, due to the greatly improved production.

The reworked tracks from S.L.O.B., like Night of The Living Dummy and Shocker On Shock Street, suffer from the increased production. While the songs are cleaner and more polished than their counterparts, the production kinda ruins them. The only thing that the production hasn't changed is the synths, which are just as bad as ever. If there is anything that did need to be changed on the last album, it was the synths.

Dr. Acula, with Below Me, have lost much of what made them unique in the first place. On this album they sound less like Dr. Acula and more like Annotations of An Autopsy. If you're looking for a laugh, you may like this, but I would definitely recommend S.L.O.B. over this. Still, if you liked the last album but couldn't stand the vocals, then this should leave you feeling pretty content, though underwhelmed. For the rest of us, it's just a bad joke.



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DWittisarockstar
August 7th 2008



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Typos/comment/criticisms are welcome.

SHOOTME
August 7th 2008



2393 Comments


Good ReviewThis Message Edited On 08.07.08

IAmInsect
August 7th 2008



3800 Comments


i could of swore i saw a different review for this...
anyway good review and sup

marksellsuswallets
August 7th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hey what the...?
if I'm not mistaken I reviewed this...but now it's gone...?

DWittisarockstar
August 7th 2008



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I dunno when I went to review this there wasn't one. If you saved your review just re-up it. I'm interested in your opinion.

sup IamInsect.

SHOOTME
August 7th 2008



2393 Comments


Mark, you must have made a second version of Dr. Acula profile.

DWittisarockstar
August 7th 2008



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Yeah I found his review. If I knew there was already one done I probably wouldn't have done this.

Oh well.
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=26576This Message Edited On 08.07.08

marksellsuswallets
August 7th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hmm...I see...yeah you hit the nail on the head with that one
ah there is supposed to be a space in the band name so that's how I ended up making a different profile. well I feel dumb
oops

my review isn't much different. we share opinions on this one completely I believe. good reviewThis Message Edited On 08.07.08

DWittisarockstar
August 10th 2008



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

all i have to say sir, is **** YOU!!!! ur review ****ing blows as much **** as you do. Dr. Acula isnt about being a conforming band for all you ****s. they rock hard and party and their music kicks ***. Their music is made to rock out to. The low roars are awsome. i do miss the pig squeals, but its still awesome. The guitar also kick ****ing *** so go shove a dick up your *** and listen to the backstreet boys you prick.

I just thought I should bring his comment over to the correct review.

and i disagree.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2008



15728 Comments


band name makes me think of scrubs

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

Serpento
August 10th 2008



2351 Comments


[quote=other review]One of the pictures on their MySpace page is of Zach Braff's character talking about his Dr. Acula movie so yeah...obviously where they got the name[/quote]

boristhebladexx
August 29th 2008



61 Comments


this band sucks so bad

NotMrBlonde
January 1st 2009



395 Comments


I get the title, heh blow me.



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