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Music Review: Dr. Acula – The Social Event of the Century

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Dr. Acula’s The Social Event of the Century clocks in at about 26 minutes, which is good because the record sounds like it only took about 15 minutes to make. Comprised largely of monotonous grind sessions, audio clips from Family Guy and other TV shows, and a lot of infantile lyrics, the record is a disappointment.

Make no mistake about it, The Social Event of the Century will strike a lot of Hot Topic kids as brilliant shit. Others, like those who no longer consider a bizarre out-of-context series of profanity-laced clips all that interesting, might be left out of the party metalcore/grindcore/deathcore/whatevercore the septet is constructing.

The band will obviously have its fans, as any musical artist does, and this release will satisfy their lower standards. It's the perfect soundtrack for taking mirror self-shots from high angles.

For the rest of us, however, something more substantial is essential. The sort of cyclic growl-and-shriek vocals and routine song construction gets tiring almost immediately and it’s hard to want to dedicate another 25:30 to this sort of thing.

Lyrically, vocalists Tyler and Casey tear through gripping topics like weed, girls on the internet, and how cool it is to smoke weed on the internet. The longest cut on the record clocks in at 4:20 in case you didn’t get the joke. And in case you still don’t get it, the record was released on April 20. Har-har-har.

“The Music Video Game Olympics” contains a line that is perhaps so apt as to be unintentional. “Someone should pay me fore (sic?) my lack of real activity,” the vocalist shrieks over spiraling guitar.

Of course, The Social Event of the Century is designed to be a party record and, yeah, we really aren’t supposed to think about this sort of thing too much. I get that, I really do. But parties are supposed to be, like, fun and Dr. Acula’s latest is about as fun as a root canal delivered by a blind guy.

The continual, unrelenting, “we get it already” drilling and grinding is wasteful and asinine and glaringly dull because it doesn’t honestly matter.

Song titles like “Cockoff!” and “Is this a party or a dick-measuring contest?” tell you about all you need to know. That the band actually attempts some resemblance of essence in the heart of a song that concludes with a “Tits! Tits! Tits!” chant is a testimony to the idiocy of this music.

At the end of the day, a lot of people might like Dr. Acula’s shit. I know I don’t. The Social Event of the Century is one I can well afford to miss, thank you very much.

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  • RIORAT

    DUDE U R AN IDIOT.. IM 28 AND HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO GOOD METAL FOREVER.. DR. ACULA IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO THE SCENE.. THERE FIRST ALBUM IS A MASTERPIECE.. PULL UR HEAD OUT UR ASS.. U DONT NO SHIT…

  • Kevin

    Yeah I’m definitely going to have to disagree with this review. But then again, music isn’t even something you can review. Everyone has their opinions, and they will differ. It’s actually incredibly trivial to review music.

    Regardless, I used to sort of like Dr. Acula but I love every song on this new album. And contrary to your assumptions, I am actually not a bathroom-self-picture-taking-from-high-angles person.

    But we’re all entitled to our opinions.

  • Ismael

    I agree with you 100%. You hit the nail right on the head.

  • Ismael

    i also agree with you Kevin, everyone has their own opinion about music, you can’t really “review” music or anything for that matter.

    (i personally wasn’t satisfied with this album)

  • Jordan Richardson

    On what planet can you not “review music” or any other art? It is not only absolutely possible to critique art, it’s necessary.

    Putting aside the notion that offering your review of my review flies against your notion, Kevin, and putting aside the idea that you’d even read a review if you considered the act of reviewing to be “trivial,” I’m glad you enjoy the album.

    Evaluating music is possible if you consider the intention of the artist and work from there. To an extent, discarding all opinions as trivial is simply wrongheaded because it puts listeners right out of the equation.

    Of what good is music, art, film, literature, etc. if it cannot be evaluated and discussed using our opinions? What is the point of any artistic endeavour if it can’t belong, in some form, to the public?

  • Jordan Richardson

    And contrary to your assumptions, I am actually not a bathroom-self-picture-taking-from-high-angles person.

    Nope, but you are utterly humourless.

  • Stefan Emil Johansson

    casey isn’t on this album. Pete was the second vocalist and keyboardist on the record, but left before it was released.

  • Paul Igyarto

    Yeah dude you do suck. What metal do you listen to anyways?