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Review: Acid Age - Drone Shark Ethics
Acid Age
Drone Shark Ethics

Label: Witches Brew
Year released: 2014
Duration: 28:23
Tracks: 13
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: March 9, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Drone Shark Ethics

Rated 2.8/5 (56%) (5 Votes)

This sounds like... eh, "underground". I mean, this sounds as good as a band rehearsal session would if transferred straight onto a record, but I guess I am not that far away from the truth either. Acid Age, this young trio from Belfast, Northern Ireland, recorded this album in three "home studios" in three separate sessions and that's what it sounds like, which is a pity.

Musically they sound like early Anthrax, S.O.D. + M.O.D. and early Nuclear Assault, while having some early Gama Bomb in their sound too. The album starts off with a tricky solo, which could be taken straight from Steve Vai's notebooks. After the solo, Acid Age attacks with all four cylinders going, sounding frenzied and thrashing nearly hysterically like there's no tomorrow. On "Charles Gein" they even use some dual guitars, managing to sound like something off Maiden's first two albums, which is pretty cool. The last song, "Hound Dog", is an Elvis cover that features Felix Griffin (ex-D.R.I.). Hey, even that sounds somewhat cool and all that, but that's where all the "coolness" stops.

With better (much better) production standards, Acid Age's Drone Shark Ethics would have made a bigger impact on me, no doubt. Well, better luck next time though. I am ready...

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