A full decade after the release of Acid King’s aptly named third album III, the San Francisco trio is set to make a triumphant return with the excellent new full-length Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere. It’s a record that fulfills the band’s promise of a sound they describe so accurately as “like riding a motorcycle on quaaludes,” achieving a rather sublime combination of doom’s power and groove with a spaced-out, psychedelic dreaminess. Led by guitarist Lori S., whose chanted vocals will remind many new listeners of Kylesa’s Laura Pleasants and Windhand’s Dorthia Cottrell, the band creates some gloriously lugubrious jams, something that is sure to please any metal fan who likes to take things nice and slow every once in a while. A great example is the trance-inducing “Red River”, and we’re more than happy to premiere the track here at Decibel. Dim the lights, click the little Soundcloud thingy below, and lose yourself for eight and a half minutes.
Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere will be released April 14 independently, with the vinyl release coming out on Svart Records.