Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats have clear influences from the heavier side of 1970s rock, but they don’t feel like a band from that time. Take 70s Pentagram’s core guitar sound, meld it with the foreboding gloom of their 80s work, and you’ve got an idea of what the Deadbeats are going for. The guitars have a smokey, hypnotic murk to them, slathered over Uncle Acid’s snaky vocals. Not that it stops “Evil Love” from being a bouncy romp, or opener “Mt. Abraxis” from dooming out gloriously. They also play up their psych edge more than their contemporaries– not by being a garage rock band that cranks up the reverb, but through their disorienting production and arrangements. Mind Control take a turn for the mellow on its second half, bringing their psych influences into prominence. “Follow the Leader” is the most subdued number here, with marimbas accentuating soft feedback, while “Devil’s Work”’s heavy, plodding intro builds up into a dark dirge. If modern sludge bands have ruined that idea for you, take comfort in that Uncle Acid vocals really add to the slow banging.“Poison Apple”, released as a single in March, comes the closest to besting “Cut”. Bloodlust was about murder, frenzy, and ids running wild, while Control is about seductive coercion. Not exactly subtle, but most heavy music isn’t and probably shouldn’t be. It makes sense not from just a lyrical standpoint but also musically, as Bloodlust had a harder sound to compliment those lyrics.