Artist: Acey Slade
Title: “Sex, Murder, Art, Baby”
Release Date: 12/
Genre: Punk Rock/Industrial Alt-Punk
You might have heard the name Acey Slade before but in the event you have not, let me update you by saying he was once a member of Dope, of The Murderdolls and Trashlight Vision and for several months in 2007 toured as a guitarist with Wednesday 13’s band. The singer/guitarist has been hard at work of late on his newest solo material and the EP “Sex, Murder, Art, Baby” is a sampling of that which is to come. The release begins with the cryptically Gothic meets Industrial vibe of “Reptile House” and the slow groove being laid down is quite good and should find the listener’s body moving to the melodies. Right off the bat I realized how much different this stuff was from his TLV endeavors or anything he worked on with the Dope guys. Proving once again that the only constant is change comes the second track of “Nothings Gonna Change” and this is a pretty danceable tune which offered up a bit of a surprise for me since I was expecting to find much more along his Punk lines. I do like the tune but hope the full album finds more rockers as opposed to dancing kind of stuff. It’s too far left from what his core fanbase might expect of him and we sure don’t want them upset. There are two remixes of “Reptile House” and the most notable of the pair is by Hanzyl und Gretyls Kaiser Von Loopy. This is a massive burst of dark energy and brings you into the musical war zone with its alarms and crushing riffs. I liked this better than the Skinny re-mix but appreciate that Slade was offering his fans the chance to hear different plays on his new stuff with the help of his notable friends in Deathstars and Rob Zombie. The EP also features a very dark tune called “Love Sick Souls” and this had an almost Manson vibe to it. The track is exclusive to the EP so if you want it, you need to get this release.
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