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Acme: reduce the choir to one soloist

The invasion of sludge continues. First came Eyehategod and spawned forth the entire Southern suicidal crossover scene. Now the influence has spread all over the world and we get bands like Acme joining in. The reason why sludgecore became such a success was due to bands like Saint Vitus and The Obsessed who were going down this path back in the eighties. The idea was to combine the psychedelics of Black Sabbath and destructive energy of American hardcore like Black Flag. Came the 90's and with death metal and grindcore looking out to marry into adjacent musical territories, it was just a natural progression for bands to start playing slower.

But as it always happens, eventually, someone breaks out big. Korn, even though they weren't sludgecore purists per se, managed to score a major contract. It was followed by the massive radio play, etc, which of course catapulted this form of music to mainstream acceptance. Hundreds of soulless clones began churning out similar albums with a speed that rivals the rate of growth in the number of Metallica clones back in the eighties. Thus we are presented with Acme and such.

Acme are rather proficient at what they are attempting to do. They have mastered the art of playing those "chugga-chugga" chords to the point where they become nothing short of a razor blade stuck deep in your wrist. Vocalist never stops screaming out vile lyrics over the open E chord and drums follow him in a dirge like pace accentuated by a skillful double-bass technique. In other words, all the usual stuff that can be found on any other sludge recording. Boring, but a sure shot for their label, because this stuff will always find its way into the listener's pockets.

Beautiful cover art, good presentation, skillful band… but where is the identity of their own? How many times to we have to remind ourselves that cloning has killed in the past and will for sure bring down anything and everything in its way? Do we really need to go back to the horror of the Seattle invasion or pop-punk plague that we have seemingly gotten rid of? Acme can surely find a style of their own. All it takes is to stop thinking about the profits and begin doing something that no one else has tried before. Otherwise - who will be left standing when the market saturates?

Added: January 1st 2004
Reviewer: SoT Archives
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Language: english

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Acme: reduce the choir to one soloist
Posted by wolfs-feet on 2011-03-11 16:15:02
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this review is one of the funniest things i've read recently. somehow this guy gets away with reviewing heavy music and has no knowledge of the acme / systral / morser lineage.
this is like reviewing at the gates and accusing them of copying darkest hour or the black dahlia murder. KNOW YOUR HISTORY, SON!
and "sludge"? what?

Acme: reduce the choir to one soloist
Posted by on 2010-07-17 09:39:21
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acme split up in 1994. so whom did they copy, poor?

Acme: reduce the choir to one soloist
Posted by Dan on 2008-11-24 16:37:51
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Sorry , I gotta agree with everyody else here. You simply did a terrible job of reviewing this long-lost metallic hardcore classic.

Acme: reduce the choir to one soloist
Posted by Martin on 2008-05-06 11:42:22
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Yeah this is just a very bad review, it shows no understanding of context and no appreciation for what ACME were doing.

Acme: reduce the choir to one soloist
Posted by tulsa native on 2008-03-26 06:38:59
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This reviewer is a retard. I had this record i think around 97 and it is still the hardest most rockin shit i have ever heard. but maybe i dont really think this. maybe im just copying all the others on this site who think you're a tool

Acme: reduce the choir to one soloist
Posted by jblood31 on 2007-04-13 01:01:31
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ummm............. acme was playing heavy, metallic hxc when this guy was in diapers most likely 92 and 93. bad review. these guys are one of the pioneers of this sound along with integrity and maybe a few others... and sludge???

Acme: reduce the choir to one soloist
Posted by corruptor on 2006-12-07 13:16:03
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Christ on a BMX bike, you are ass backwards! At the time, there was nothing like Acme. You completely missed the boat. I bought this discography when it came out and there only existed a handfull of bands that were directly influenced by Acme. This isn't sludge. This is what was merely known at the time as metallic hardcore. Every no talent "metalcore" band, that you probably listen to - stole, tried, and failed miserably to recreate what Acme and the early bands did. Stick to your Headbanger's Ball tripe.

Acme: reduce the choir to one soloist
Posted by Tanuki on 2006-06-24 04:30:33
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This band was on the most seminal german grindcore bands to emerge from Bremen. Apparently you are observing the re-release of this album as its initium, however, I might also add- this was a discography collection of ACME's early works.

Contemporaries of bands like Rorschach, ACME was actually quite trendsetting- influencing bands a sea of bands that are now exceedingly notable (Converge, Catharsis), etc.

Check yer sources. LONG LIVE ACME. Fave song = basterdiser.

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