Review & Track Premiere: Acrimony, Chronicles of Wode

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on November 26th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream ‘Million Year Summer’ from Acrimony’s new remaster box set, Chronicles of Wode. It starts streaming Dec. 7, preorders are here starting today and ship out in mid-Jan. In the interest of full disclosure, I wrote the liner notes for the box set and was compensated for that work. I have not been compensated for this review, and frankly, given the chance to premiere a remastered Acrimony track and an excuse to write about these albums, there was no chance I wasn’t going to jump on it.]

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There’s a balance to be struck between the two sides, of course, and¬† Chronicles of Wode seems to find it in the crunch of “Leaves of Mellow Grace,” the opener of¬†Hymns to the Stone, which rolls out its nod like a clarion, finding¬†Acrimony — the five-piece of vocalist Dorian Walters, guitarists Stu O’Hara and Lee Davies, bassist Paul Bidmead and drummer Darren Ivey — immediately putting the groove first in a way that few acts at the time had understood how to do. Their influences were varied, from ’70s rock to trance techno, but their riffs were undeniably heavy, with lyrics exploring the isolation of their hometown and the same kind of disaffection that once launched Black Sabbath to the outer reaches of doom from a blues rock beginning.¬†Acrimony started out more as death metal or at least death-doom, but¬†Hymns to the Stone was a point of discovery for them in terms of claiming their identity, and¬†whether it’s the nodding pub-homage “The Inn” or the myth-creation they engaged with “Urabalaboom,” the sonic drawl and spacey push of “Spaced Cat #6” or the glorious noise-wash jam of “Whatever” ahead of brash closer “Cosmic AWOL,” Hymns to the Stone¬†is a record that has been persistently undervalued, not just for what it set in motion in terms of¬†Acrimony‘s all-too-short tenure as a band, but on the sheer merits of its material.

Rest assured, part of the reason Hymns to the Stone is undervalued is because it exists largely in the shadow of its follow-up. Clocking in at a whopping 65 minutes — prime CD era in 1997 — and originally released through¬†Peaceville Records,¬†Tumuli Shroomaroom¬†is a legitimate heavy rock classic. Its production was clearer, its purpose was clearer and it took the blow-the-doors-down promise shown throughout¬†Hymns to the Stone and brought it to a point of full realization throughout extended pieces like “Motherslug (The Mother of All Slugs),” “Heavy Feather” and “Firedance,” not to mention the nine-minute opener, “Hymns to the Stone,” a title-track for the release before. Go figure. By ’97,¬†Acrimony‘s sense of world-creation was becoming clearer, and their songs — not all of them, but definitely some — had started telling a story beyond the riffs and nods. Of course,¬†Tumuli Shroomaroom had and still has plenty of that too in “Million Year Summer,” “Vy,” “Find the Path” and “The Bud Song” — the arguable “meat” of the album in its post-opener beginning and the middle of the nine-song tracklist — but even amid “The Bud Song”‘s ultra-stoner janga-janga shuffle there’s psychedelic flourish building on that shown at the outset of the song, and¬†Acrimony‘s adventurous sensibility never really dissipates. It’s just presented in dynamic fashion, and they use it to various ends throughout.

And that shows up not just in the odds and ends of percussion and didgeridoo and guitar effects, echo, etc., but in the various structures of of the tracks themselves. The same was true of¬†Hymns to the Stone, if nascent, but¬†Tumuli Shroomaroom realized these impulses in a new way that, even as a stoner rock underground was flourishing in the UK, was pretty rare. Some of the roots of that aural diversity are shown on the disc of extra tracks included in the box — unlike the two album, it’s not available separately to my knowledge — with the aforementioned take on¬†Doom‘s “Exploitation” and the¬†Status Quo¬†cover of “O Baby” that was featured on¬†Bong On – Live Long! alongside raw pieces like “Tumuli” and “100 New Gods” and “Timebomb!!!” and “Earthchild Inferno,” here pushed to the opening position as some of the cuts from the original compilation were cut, presumably for time. These songs have also been remastered and are worth hearing on both an academic level as further context for the band and just on their own merits — I don’t know what¬†Burning World¬†is charging, but “O Baby” alone is a worthy argument in favor of it — fitting well as a complement to the two albums that are obviously the showcase pieces of¬†Chronicles of Wode and giving fans something more to dig into even as the records themselves invite rediscovery.

One also can’t ignore the fact that since¬†Tumuli Shroomaroom¬†was last reissued in 2007 by¬†Leaf Hound Records — to the best of my knowledge and a bit to my surprise, Hymns to the Stone has never been reissued — an entire generation of heavy rockers has emerged and thrived on the ground that¬†Acrimony helped break during their time. That may have been part of the motivation for four-fifths of the original band to come back together in 2010 as¬†SigiriyaDavies was in Lifer and has since moved on to Woven Man — but either way, the important point here is that there’s no level on which these two full-lengths don’t deserve the care and treatment they’re given through the presentation of Chronicles of Wode, and anyone previously unfamiliar with¬†Acrimony‘s work who takes it on is only going to get a more complete picture of from where modern heavy rock stems, especially in the UK, but also across the broader international underground. For prior fans? Well, it’s just a delight, pure and simple. Like visiting old friends.

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Friday Full-Length: Acrimony, Tumuli Shroomaroom

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 20th, 2014 by JJ Koczan

Acrimony, Tumuli Shroomaroom (1997)

Who doesn’t want to get down with a little Acrimony? In the thrilling world of demographic research, there is a class of people known as “early adopters.” As a group, they want to be the first with a new piece of technology, new gadget, etc. They embrace new ideas and ways of thinking. I can’t come up with a better phrase than that to position UK outfit¬†Acrimony¬†when it comes to stoner rock’s ’90s heyday. While¬†Electric Wizard¬†wouldn’t release their self-titled debut until 1995 and¬†Orange Goblin‘s¬†Frequencies from Planet Ten¬†didn’t surface until 1997,¬†Acrimony issued their¬†Hymns to the Stone¬†debut in 1994. Yeah, it’s produced like a metal album — that was very much¬†Acrimony‘s background; not a coincidence they wound up on¬†Peaceville Records — but by the time they got around to 1997’s sophomore outing,¬†Tumuli Shroomaroom, that metallic bite had smoothed out to a killer heavy rock and roll vibe, and¬†Acrimony‘s groove help set the high standard to which the UK underground continues to aspire, songs like “Million Year Summer,” “Find the Path” with its “give me some Valium” urgings and the all-over-10-minutes closing trio of “Motherslug (The Mother of all Slugs),” “Heavy Feather” and “Firedance” consuming listeners with brilliantly executed nod that, if it showed up in my mailbox this week, I’d still be stoked on it.

Acrimony¬†were also way more unabashedly stoner rock than many of their contemporaries. Their final release, a compilation titled¬†Bong on – Live Long!¬†came out in 2007, preceded by a 2003 split with¬†Church of Misery, and while¬†Acrimony¬†may have been ahead of their time,¬†Tumuli Shroomaroom¬†is a record whose legend has continued to grow in spite of the band’s dissolution. Most of¬†Acrimony¬†— guitarist Stuart O’Hara, bassist¬†Paul Bidmead¬†and drummer Darren Ivey —¬†can be found these days in¬†Sigiriya, whose second offering,¬†Darkness Died Today, was released earlier this year as their¬†Candlelight Records¬†debut following 2011’s re-debut,¬†Return to Earth. Still,¬†Acrimony‘s work stands out for what they did, how well they did it, and when they did it. They didn’t invent stoner rock, but they sure as hell got the gist of it quickly. I know these guys are at the top of a lot of reunion wishlists, and I wouldn’t complain about seeing them live at some point, but particularly with¬†Sigiriya¬†kicking around, I’m content to leave¬†Acrimony‘s legacy untouched if that’s what the band would rather do. This record’s gonna kick ass forever one way or another.

Hope you enjoy.

Late night, right? I got back a bit ago from seeing¬†Elder‘s return show in Cambridge. It was¬†Elder,¬†Rozamov,¬†Summoner¬†and Set, which is quite possibly the best all-local lineup I’ve seen since I moved here. I’ll have to go back and check the archive on that one to be sure, but it certainly felt like it when I was at the show. I’ll have a review on Monday with some pictures from the so-dark-it-made-everyone-look-grim-and-black-metal¬†Middle East Upstairs, but the quick version is it was an excellent time.

Also Monday, look out for a track premiere from¬†Latitude Egress¬†as they cross the line between blackened doom and doomed black metal, and later on in the week, new tracks from¬†Larman Clamor¬†and¬†Angels of Meth, whose demo is being reissued — the band became¬†Phantom Glue¬†— on tape. Also hoping to get to see¬†Earth¬†on Tuesday and¬†Uncle Acid¬†on Thursday, so it’s going to be quite a week. Somewhere in there, I’d also finally like to give¬†All Them Witches‘¬†Lightning at the Door¬†a proper review, since they’ve now given it a proper release, but we’ll see how it is with hours in the day, there being only so many of them and whatnot.

Thanks to everyone who checked in for Vinyl Week this week, took a look at the records, entered a contest (or two), etc. It was a lot more work than I thought it was going to be, but a good time on the whole, so I appreciate you indulging me. I still have a bunch more vinyl to write about, so the week may be over, but the pile remains. More to come.

But not tonight. It’s well after 2AM here — early Saturday morning in the UK; I’ll confess I had GMT in mind when I picked¬†Acrimony¬†to end the week — and that’s time to put on some¬†Mystery Science Theater 3000¬†and call it a night. If you’re in New York and attending the¬†Uninvited¬†festival this weekend, you have my jealousy, but wherever you might be and whatever you might be up to, I hope it’s fantastic. Be safe, have a blast, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

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