>> Dr. Acula: Nation (2012)

Artist: Dr. Acula

Album: Nation

Members: Casey Carrano, Tyler Guida, Joey Simpson, Ricky Ostolaza, Kevin Graffeo, Jesse Ciappa, Bill Graffeo

Genre: Metal, Rock

Label: Victory Records

Tracks: 12

Type: Digital

Release Date: June 19, 2012

Rating: 3.00 (out of 4.00)

Grade: B

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It feels like forever since I reviewed Dr. Acula’s last album, Slander, but to this day I still revisit that album on a weekly basis. It’s hilarious, hardcore, has some awesome moments that make me feel all cool with the bass dropping in my car, but most of all it’s a love letter to pop culture that keeps on giving. When I saw the bands latest album in my work pile I was ecstatic. So how does it sound?

I think Nation is going to leave a lot of people on the fence. Slander was so much fun and diverse while Nation feels like the band has matured and taken their sound to a harder level. That’s all fine and well, but there will be fans out there (like myself) that already miss the awesome phase the band was in just last year. Nation, for all it’s apocalyptical warnings about not trusting the government and for that matter people in general in regards to some upcoming travesty, well, it just feels like the band has joined the ranks of so many growling hard hitting bands out there.

Make no mistakes about Nation, it’s still an album that has a lot to be admired from the solid hard hitting unity of the band just tearing it up and the cool sound bites in-between tracks that give some sort of continuity to the album in a concept kind of way. The basic fundamentals of the bands power is still in full effect, the album just doesn’t have that fun feel to it. It feels far to serious, dare I say monotonous at times. I guess every band has to make that move forward and for Acula that time is now. I only wish it wasn’t. As always final judgment is yours.

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