Review : Lords of Acid - Deep Chills
Qualityindex• Part game, part interactive comic book, part concept album
• Dark, stabbing, industrial/techno sound of Lords of Acid
• Lowbrow underground comic influenced art
• Fun, playful experiment in interactive music and gaming
• Ten mini-games based on ten infectious, hook-filled, soon-to-be-classic Lords of Acid tunes
Lords of Acid, the infamous techno band fronted by the legendary Praga Khan, has returned with Deep Chills, the group's first new album in twelve years. But that's not all, Deep Chills is now an app, a game, a concept album and an interactive comic book.
Based on the multi-paneled CD cover art of "Deep Chills," (a lampoon of the famous R. Crumb album cover "Cheap Thrills" for Janis Joplin & Big Brother) the Deep Chills App is a mind-expanding musical journey into Lords of Acid distinctive acid house, techno sound.
Embark on a shamanistic journey with the "Medicine Man." Play the Vegas slot machine inspired "Mary Queen of Slots." Shoot down teradactyls with molten lava in "Hot Magma." Tap that booty in "Pop That Tooshie. Find enlightenment with "Children of Acid" and discover Daddy's little secret in "Long John's." "Little Mighty Rabbit" game is "Doodle Jump" on acid. Communicate with discarnate entities in "Paranormal Energy." Finally, collect beach balls and avoid crabs with the Surfin' Hedgehog....full text
ReflectionsofdarknessAfter 10 years since their previous full-length album and some months after their Single the LORDS OF ACID are back with ‘Deep Chills’, an album that moves on the familiar waters of the band. Praga Khan, DJ Mea, and the rest bunch offer here a mixture of fun and dance music with Electro-Industrial overtones, created with the help of their fans. The band doesn’t lack a sense of provocation as well, a feeling that became more obvious when the cover art of this CD was censored. Of course the real party-time on every front starts when you put the CD on. The band isn’t willing to substitute the word “sex” with the word “dance” as the Pop bands are so eager to do, moreover, so when the band has in its mind the sexual fun then what you get is exactly that, and it is done in a way where only the prudes will blush. Unfortunately the weakest point of this CD is exactly the one that the band thinks is its strongest. By investing in the fun aspect of it the band is able to provoke only those who live within the Bible belt. The humour and the canny remarks in the lyrics neutralise the themes whereas amplification was demanded. What you get is an after midnight Electro-pop party with fishnets and the rest of the paraphernalia, deplored as a video-clip full of promises but no action.
But despite all that some of the best moments here (which are highly illustrative of the aforementioned characteristics) are surely ‘Pop That Tooshie’ with Alana Evans to add an extra layer of fun and ‘Children Of Acid’ which moves more closely to the Industrial direction. Along with ‘Little Mighty Rabbit’, ‘Drowning In Ecstasy’, and ‘Surfin’ Hedgehog’ - which has a Surf element - these songs are the undeniable “hits” of the album. On the other hand in ‘Long Johns’ and ‘Mary Queen of Slots’ the band is delving completely into a kindergarten sense of humour and pun. In short, ‘Deep Chills’ brings to my mind the Banksy painting “Anarchist And Mother”, where the hero is enjoying the affection of his mother before he joins the revolution. The fact that the LORDS OF ACID envision this woman as a kinky dominatrix offers only a funny variation to the theme. We can’t have it all indeed, still as long as you play the CD you have a feeling - did I mention it? - of fun. Unfortunately there won’t be much to remember after you removed the CD from the player....full text
PopmattersBelgian producer Praga Khan and his menagerie of well-lubricated sex maniacs have been at this electro-industrial thing for over 20 years. True to form, the palette used for Deep Chills, their first album since 2001’s Farstucker, would not surprise anyone who was blown away in 1991 by “I Sit On Acid” or scared orgasmic in 1994 by their gold record selling VooDoo-U. In many respects, that’s totally fine.
Lords of Acid are legends in the scene. They can’t get too far away from what they’re known for, which is heavy, industrial tinged electronic music in a variety of styles, matched by a lyrical obsession with the tried and true themes of sex and drugs.
As such, though Deep Chills is a new release, much of it already sounds a little dated, if not recycled. The stadium rock guitar sound in “Sole Sucker” and “Drowning In Ecstasy” is the same all over tracks like “Young Boys” and “The Crablouse” from VooDoo-U. “Drowning In Ecstasy” also has a stripped down version of the 303 line from Josh Wink’s classic “Higher State Of Consciousness (Original Tweekin’ Acid Funk Mix)” when it starts to go off at the end of the classic aceeed rager. Featuring porn star Alana Evans on vocals, “Pop That Tooshie” is fairly speed garage like, with a warping bassline, Tone Lōc “Funky Cold Medina” guitar punch, and 808 percussion...full text
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