To hell with the cynicism – I’m really glad to report Acid Death is back. Not only that, but the band seems to be doing pretty well these days, having released an album, entitled ‘Eidolon’, for the Austrian NoiseHead Records in 2012, and now offering ‘Misled’ for free download via their website. Long it might continue!
“Why should I care about the return of Acid Death?” I hear you murmuring. Because they’re such a good band, that’s why. A rare breed of a band too, one of the numerous few which are truly meant to be creating and playing progressive death metal, no matter what the flavor of the month dictates – and that’s exactly what they’ve been doing since the band’s inception in the late 80s. Respect!
Downloading and giving a thorough listen to ‘Misled’ might very well be the perfect starting point if one is tempted to check out if Acid Death’s music could be relevant to his/her tastes. While far too many bands have made fools of themselves re-recording songs from their past catalog the same certainly doesn’t apply to those five tunes the Greek wizards have dug out from the vaults, and breathed new life into. Technical to an uncompromising degree, true – but also retaining real thrash / death aggression, with plenty of catchy riffs and solos, tempo changes, prominent bass lines and the raging thrash vocals of Savvas.
I can’t believe how impressive this stuff actually is, especially as four out of the five songs being re-worked stuff from the band’s 1995 split LP with Avulsed, and “Balance Of Power” originally penned even earlier than that. Welcome back, Acid Death! [8,5 / 10]