Written by: Arzou
ACxDC (Antichrist Demoncore, for the cool kids - Ed.) is to powerviolence as Gutalax is to goregrind. Extremely popular but disliked by the fans of the genre. After releasing their debut self-titled LP in 2014, people have been waiting for a follow up either with excitement or baited breath, ready to throw “ACxDC bad” comments wherever they can. Well it’s here, ACxDC’s Satan is King has been released with 15 songs and 23 minutes, and I’ll tell you what: if Satan is King then Satan is one milquetoast dude.
You see, another similarity ACxDC have with Gutalax is that they are both, despite their popularity, very mediocre. That parallel still reigns true with this album. It checks all the boxes of a good powerviolence album, blistering and skulldenting riffs, slow and crushing sludgy riffs, the ability to confuse grind babies into thinking it’s grind. Should be a good one, right? Well if you think reading a textbook is really fun then this might be the album for you. Despite all the checked boxes it feels like ACxDC really just did the bare minimum and created a bland and tasteless cake able to be consumed by the masses but unable to be remembered by anyone.
The album isn’t bad by any means, there are some really great bangers in here, such as “Satan is King,” “Back in Black Bloc”, “Turncoat,” and “Exercise in Futility.” The mixing is really well done and the drums are just a pleasure to listen to. The vocals are really well done displaying screeching highs and demonic lows as well as pure and raw rage. The slower and more sludgy parts are genuinely some of the more creatively written and punchy sections of the album which is surprising considering those can be some of the worst sections of any given powerviolence album.
But all of that still doesn’t change the blandness of the album. It really feels like they had a few basic song structures and then copied each of them a few times to fill the space of an album. It’s all competent, but none of it excels. The four songs I listed are truly the only songs I can remember the name of even after listening to the album about five times for this review. Overall, if you want some background powerviolence to chill and study to, this album is perfect. But if you’re looking for a quality experience, just do what I do and listen to Spazz’s Crush Kill Destroy for the hundredth time.
ACxDC - Satan Is King was released May 15th by Prosthetic Records
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