Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats
The Night Creeper


2.8
good

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
September 2nd, 2015 | 36 replies


Release Date: 09/04/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Uncle Dull and The Slowbeats

Five years ago, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats took the world by surprise with their Black Sabbath worship. This late '60s-early '70s pastiche is part of the stoner/psychedelic/doom revival that has taken off in the past decade and Vol. I was a chaotic, lo-fi affair that offered both casual and hardcore fans of the genre that urgent, raw journey through a darkened soul's sins. Recorded on a tight budget by some people who lacked jobs amid other life difficulties, you could actually feel the sincerity that fueled the raging record, bringing out some of their finest cuts so early in the career. Plus, Kevin Starrs' mysterious persona, a low-key profile and deep interest in the occult definitely magnified the listener's curiosity. I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it and always makes me come back to it. Since their second effort, Blood Lust maintained that vibe and was marketed by Rise Above (a haven for doom/sludge enthusiasts), the band was soon out of the gutter, acquiring a cult following.

By the time Mind Control came out in 2013, that excitement was slowly starting to wear out, especially since Uncle Acid had plans to grow out of that independent status even though they still don't admit it. So, the big breakthrough came when Black Sabbath themselves asked to open their shows throughout Europe. Suddenly everyone was interested in them, while promoters all over the world started booking The Deadbeats to perform. From poverty to stardom were only four years and to be honest, kudos to them.

Now there must've been some unprecedented pressure that haunted the band during the sessions for the 4th LP. Dubbed as their most violent and blood-soaked release, The Night Creeper follows a homeless person who seems to be involved in all sorts of murders, nothing new. In fact this may as well be the 4th season in the Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats series. My issue with the album is that it falls flat because Starrs & Co. figured out it's best to give more of the same for a fourth time in a row, mainly now when all eyes are on them. Most of it feels dull and exhausted, as it indulges in the same themes and patterns as previous installments did. Also, the music feels lazy and does nothing to differentiate itself from the other records. Moreover, the guys seem to be stuck in mid-tempo mania, rewriting the same patterns again and again. There are almost no faster segments this time around and ever since they polished their sound, that hellish vibe is gone. Weird enough, the pop influences do very little to help as for the most part the tunes are faceless. Take the title track or 'Downtown', two stagnant dirges unable to offer any of the promised thrills. There are no dynamics, relying on the same chords for 6 minutes, while Kevin's voice becomes irritating at times. If there was any experimentation, these riffs could've stood out or at least evolved into different pieces.

Luckily, the potential we all saw at some point does show up every once in a while, giving us a couple of enjoyable moments in the middle of The Night Creeper. 'Pusher Man' and 'Melody Lane' are two heavy yet melodic tracks that share some memorable vocal hooks. The noisy riffs are basic, but catchy, while the solos soar, reminding us The Deadbeats can still churn some good stuff if they put their minds to it. There is also the lead single, 'Waiting For Blood', whose quirky rhythm could've been exploited more and the quiet closer 'Slow Death' is a moody, 9-minute ballad, that takes forever to take off. Falling into the lazy category, these might have ended better if there had been more to them. Maybe they wanted to make you feel uneasy or frustrated much like the protagonist, because it takes the latter so long to grow into a crazy, dissonant coda with nothing actually happening for the most part. Even so, this nihilism and general excess can be best left to Electric Wizard. No one does it like them.

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats' lo-fi days are over. Unfortunately, they don't want to admit that and seek acceptance from both worlds. Whether they are stuck in that serial killer universe and Sabbath soundtracks or don't want to stray too far in fear of failure, it is time they found a new inspiration, or at least one that can co-exist with their passions. As a result of their indulgence, The Night Creeper feels somewhat forced to be something it isn't. The mindset is far from what we heard on Vol. I and Blood Lust, although the ideas are the same. Recycling is good, however, 4 albums later it turned against them.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2015


4369 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

I wanted to like this, but it's the same shtick with no intention of exploration. I know many of you won't agree with me, but hey, somebody can write another review.



Waiting For Blood - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbwk228vtkg

Melody Lane - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zDT_uGYdVs

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Ovrot
September 1st 2015


13047 Comments


Last time I saw Ghoul there was this 400lbs Indian dude with a thrash jacket all covered in thrash and death patches expect for the huge back patch. It was a gigantic patch for Blood Lust, probably bigger than my shirt. I told him ruled and we high-fived.

Good times.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2015


4369 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Blood Lust was the last time these guys ruled hard

NotSarcastic
September 2nd 2015


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sounds like you really like this band.

Laeddis
September 2nd 2015


2435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm gonna check these guys out, thanks for the links, diggin the riff on waiting for blood, insom

cvlts
September 2nd 2015


9422 Comments


Ha! Way to shit in everyone's cereal insomniac

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2015


4369 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Yeah this is definitely AOTY for me. I wanted to like it as much, but it's boring for the most part. I know people will hate me lol.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2015


7568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Need to listen to this.



Will read the review in the night, as I'm off to work right now.







Blood Lust was the last time these guys ruled hard



Mind Control has its lot of moments and a partial shift in style, but yeah it was a bit weaker than the previous two albums, especially the debut.

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Travelhead
September 2nd 2015


55 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am totatlly agree with you, Raul. Except for Pusher Man and Melody Lane, nothing makes me excited like the old albums.

ignorethefashion
September 2nd 2015


67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Though I enjoyed the album a bit more, I generally agree with the reviewer's sentiment and respect the rating. There is nothing here that resembles an evolution of sound. I like it for what it is, but I'll likely drop my rating a half point after the initial buzz wears off.

DeadGuy
September 2nd 2015


913 Comments


Damn I hope I disagree.

I gotta wait for a better version cause all I could find was some transcode bullshit

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2015


4369 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Melody Lane and Pusher Man are great. I enjoy Waiting For Blood too, but the rest just tends to fall flat for me. I understand this is their sound and charm, however, I expected more from them. Now they're turning into the average pastiche doom/occult rock act.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2015


7568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Excellent review.



Heard both "Melody Lane" and "Waiting for Blood" and compared to everything else this band has done, they do feel flat.

ksoflas
September 3rd 2015


1153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice writing man.

Surely a step down from '' Mind Control".

ksoflas
September 3rd 2015


1153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still love them though.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2015


4369 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Yeah, I'd still go see a show, but they need to figure out their future.

LordePots
September 3rd 2015


37833 Comments


Lol did u d my comment insomniac

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LotusFlower
September 3rd 2015


12002 Comments


That album art sure is something

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2015


4369 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

You're crazy potsy, I haven't deleted anything. Probably the mods lol.

LordePots
September 4th 2015


37833 Comments


U better not have



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