Acid King

Acid King/Altamont [Split CD]

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Pairing the then-husband-and-wife team of Lori S and Dale Crover and their respective bands, Acid King and Altamont, this disc showcases two peculiar, interesting Melvins spin-offs. Dale, of course, is Melvins' thunderous drummer, while Lori S -- it is rumored -- served as a fill-in bass player from time to time. Both bands share a rhythm section but differ dramatically as a whole. Acid King is a cough-syrupy, fuzzed-out paean to retro stoner rock, plodding heavily through two tracks while showcasing Lori S' Joan Jett-as-a-satanic-witch vocals. On Dale's side, Altamont is a more up-tempo, rock-oriented trio, with roots in both the Southern side as well as in bare-boned bands like the Obsessed. Of the two, Altamont is the more musically engaging, and Dale Crover's guitar playing is surprisingly adept. Though the Crovers split as a couple, both bands continued to release other albums.

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