Dr. Acula
Slander


2.5
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Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
May 12th, 2011 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


Dr. Acula - Slander

With a name as original as Dr. Acula you better hope one takes you too seriously. Starting bro parties since 07, these New York natives know one thing only and that’s having a good time. Filled to the brim with songs of fucking, recreational drug use and debauchery, their music has always been about as shallow as the puddle on the side of the road. On onto their fifth full length album, the bros of Acula come back with a new offering of riffs, electronic stutters and more chugging than a frat party and you know what? It doesn’t sound half as bad as one would’ve expected. Their debut Victory Records album, Slander, sees the New York band finally taking a step towards the serious realm and wind up crafting their best album in the process. Sure, the ridiculous breakdowns and the ludicrously named song titles abound but Dr. Acula finally show some amount of maturity on Slander, if only for a minute. The catchiness of the album is one of the highlights all throughout, opening the album off officially with “Fire Crotch” (clever, guys) you get a sleuth of cleverly crafted riffs and an interplay of two vocalists who complement each other surprisingly well: one showing a finesse for highs and another showing a finesse for scratchy yells. The fun continues on tracks like “Welcome to Camp Nightmare” and “Currently Sexting”, with the same amount of catchiness and seriousness that keeps the tempo high, all the while being fairly enjoyable to hear.

However, after this point is where the joke finally wears off. The album has one redeeming factor, even with the heightened level of seriousness, and that’s the catch factor. At about half way through the album, Dr. Acula essentially grounds their ‘progress’ to an unsurprising halt. This certainly isn’t surprising, as the album itself carries very little depth and substance, yet a lack of surprise doesn’t cover up the extreme redundancy of Slander. So while the boys of Dr. Acula have done a stand-up job attempting the branch out their party roots, it only goes so far as a night out in the town before winding up hung-over, puking its guts out in the bathroom. A good and respectable try… for a band such as this.



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cvlts
May 12th 2011


8960 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

did this for fun.

has its dumb fun moments, wont lie.

Apollo
May 13th 2011


10307 Comments


"their music has always been about as a shallow as the puddle on the side of the road"

haha I love this line, great review mr dante

Winsomniac
May 13th 2011


7972 Comments


I was going to submit a drunk review on this (thought it was a fitting way to do an album like
Slander) but Sputnik bugged out on me and deleted it and I didn't save a backup.


): It had Batman in it, man...

Winsomniac
May 13th 2011


7972 Comments


Nah, it also had Robin in it, and a detailed manifesto explaining why he's a flaming insult to all that is Batman.

OneMoreRoland
May 13th 2011


1050 Comments


My drunk still hates this. Gay.

TBliss
May 13th 2011


987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ha, I really like this album. Good review man.

Spec
May 13th 2011


27179 Comments


It's not good while drunk? Won't check this out..

Wheelah
May 13th 2011


756 Comments


I dare any of you to listen to "Who You Gonna Call?" without getting the main riff stuck in your head. This band is pretty horrible, but that ONE riff is so catchy.

Apollo
May 13th 2011


10307 Comments


Lol at the user named Wheelah

IAmKickass
May 13th 2011


840 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I'm still thinking about writing a review for this, enjoyed the shit out of this. One of my guilty pleasures.

TomAkaVeto
May 13th 2011


1650 Comments


I honestly think the new Emmure was better than this album. I've only listen to "Camp Nightmare" and "Fire Crotch" and they were pretty bad. I think Emmure is much catchier than this and they're not even very good, but I do enjoy "Solar Flare Homicide".

VeilOfOsiris
May 13th 2011


380 Comments


this band is terrible,


LETS GET *MOANS* INVISIBLE!!111!!!111!!1

saucy
May 13th 2011


342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Lol you really thought speaker was better than this?

RobotJesus
May 14th 2011


432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This album was fun as hell and this album like any D.A. album sounds better drunk

TomAkaVeto
May 14th 2011


1650 Comments


"Lol you really thought speaker was better than this?"

Yeah, and it wasn't even very good.

pmmets07
May 14th 2011


5883 Comments


the end of Big Sleep is so fun

Spluger
May 15th 2011


1163 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I love all of your reviews Dante. I gotta admit though my opinion of this has changed, dunno what I was thinking when I gave it a 4.

FatChickIrl
May 15th 2011


4096 Comments


uhg this band

xstaytrue18x
May 17th 2011


579 Comments


who you gonna call is funny as fuck/

TriForce00
January 8th 2012


13 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Their old stuff is the shit. This, I don't know. Not a big fan.



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