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Mind Control by Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Released: Apr 2013
Label: Metal Blade Records +
Despite dropping "and the Deadbeats" while swapping personnel, these retro-proto-metal Brits still sugar their muddy, repetitive horror-doom plod with amiably high-registered melodies and harmonies: downright pretty in spots, and the Blue Öyster Cult moves (that riff in "Mind Crawler"!) feel even more enchanted than Ghost's. George Harrison might dig the extended sitar-like Indian drone of "Follow the Leader"; "Valley of the Dolls" burrows like a monster mole til it buzzes like early Sonic Youth. After explaining they're the devil doing the devil's work, they end with fed-back white noise.
Chuck Eddy

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