Release DetailsLABEL Svart Records
RELEASED ON 4/17/2015
A stellar example of what the best of the genre has to offer.
Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhereposted on 4/2015 By:
I really have been busted at Busse Woods. No, really. Ringing the Chicago suburbs are a series of forest preserves, many of which serve as party spots for spoiled suburban adolescents such as me circa 1985-86. Busse Woods, in particular, was rather notorious with multiple entrances and parking lots. It’s also one of the largest of the preserves, straddling the boundaries of the suburbs of Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, and Elk Grove. This is why anyone from the Chicago area who happens to be familiar with the back catalog of mysterious stoner metal giants Acid King busts out laughing at the title and at the cover art of the band’s second album.
It was Busse Woods, plus my soft side for well done stoner metal, that initially attracted me to Acid King, an attraction that was solidified with the release of III, the band’s last album, and a bona fide stoner metal classic, back in 2005. Just let that sink in. Acid King’s last album was released ten years ago. Adding further to Acid King’s air of mystery is its penchant for on again, off again, and always rare, live appearances. Short tours that appear out of nowhere and that consist of only a handful of dates, the odd festival appearance or two in Europe, and a tendency to avoid playing in Southern California seems to be de rigueur for Acid King.
Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere picks up right where III left off. Frontwoman Lori S.’ guitar playing anchors the sound, and her drawled, muted vocals, always a hallmark of Acid King, indicate that many of the current crop of “female fronted doom metal bands” would cite her as an influence. The low end is held down by Joey Osbourne and Mark Lamb on drums and bass, respectively, but Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere ends up being a bit quieter, and more muted than III, most likely due to a slight thinning in the guitar’s sound. That’s just fine, though, as Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere is very well written, with an ebb and flow to the music. The album also sports at least two songs that are at the pinnacle of the stoner metal genre, namely “Silent Pictures,” and, in particular, “Red River,” the song released in the Svart Records’ promotion leading up to the album’s release later this month.
No, Acid King isn’t doing anything really new on Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere, nor is this album going to necessarily attract those that aren’t already attracted to the stoner metal genre; but, Middle Of Nowhere, Center Of Everywhere is a stellar example of what the best of the genre has to offer: sprawling jams that ebb, flow, meander, and sink into your psyche. If you, like me, have a soft spot for this sort of thing, Acid King is right up your alley.