Album Review: Acid King Take Us to the "Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere"
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:57:16
Acid King were there at the beginning. You go all the way back to 1993 when American stoner rock or hesher metal or whatever you want to call it began over here, they were lighting up the Bay Area with their own brand of sludged-out psychedelic heavy that entranced and engaged all at once. These days everybody from Ghost B.C. to High on Fire carries this torch, but Acid King were among the first to light it for the underground scene. Their influence permeates too, as they’ve been featured in numerous genre books and their presence can be felt even in just listening to the riffs of those to follow.
This year, Acid King returns with Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere—their first studio album since 2005’s Acid King III. The group singer and axe-slinger Lori S., drum basher Joey Osbourne, and bassist Mark Lamb deliver an eight-track opus worthy of the genre’s canon. If you’ve never heard the band, picture Sleep driven by a siren’s robust roar instead of Matt Pike’s growl. There’s a heavenly heaviness at the heart of what Lori does, and it makes the likes of “Silent Pictures” and “Coming Down from Outer Space” blissfully sludgy.