Based in Austin, Texas and only operational for a year, ‘Depopulation’ is the debut release from Acid Roulette. A pitch-black concoction of stoner metal, grunge, sludge and psychedelia, the four tracks here span a little under half an hour but provide a monolithic soundtrack to the anxiety-driven times into which 'Depopulation' emerges.
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Texas four-piece Acid Roulette only formed in 2019 and are already cranking out mammoth heavy psych tunes. ‘Depopulation’ brings together a number of styles and influences, displaying the experimental and heavy slant of Butthole Surfers and the Melvins alongside space rock and more melodic forms of psychedelia, rounded off with garage rock’s raw and immediate production.
Acid Roulette would rather craft a song than indulge in lengthy jams or rely too much on meandering motoric. ‘Depopulation’ is packed full of belligerent riffing and soaring voice, grumbling bass, guitars loaded with fuzz and wah-wah embellishments, fill-heavy percussion, and synth work which harks back to Hawkwind. At times, it’s reminiscent of Kyuss or the Melvins’ more accessible work like ‘Stoner Witch’, an album where they created minor anthems with effortless yet effective riffs. Other times, you get the prog meets post-hardcore of The Mars Volta, as heard in ‘Lonesect’ which mixes punchy, flourish-loaded rhythm section parts with mountain-ascending vocals and squealing, desert-scorched guitars - ‘Acid Roulette Dares (The Haunt of)’ anyone? ‘The Truth’ sees them indulging in a bit stoner metal, as spiralling guitars collide with lumbering drums, and singing sections which sound like the vocalist is completely out of it. Honestly, this wouldn’t sound out of place on the baked classic ‘Sleep’s Holy Mountain’
Acid Roulette certainly show a lot of promise. Despite it being their debut release, they show many an idea, their take on their influences is impressive, and their vocalist shows heaps of range, charisma and personality.
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