Bad Acid Trip - Lynch the Weirdo 
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Written by Dan MacIntosh   
Tuesday, 20 April 2004

Bad Acid Trip

Lynch The Weirdo
format: 16-bit Stereo CD
label: Serjical Strike Records
release year: 2004
performance: 7
sound 7
reviewed by: Dan MacIntosh

During acid’s heyday, drug trips represented opportunities to open wide the doors of perception into rooms where the full spectrum of life’s infinite colors could finally be experienced. Or something like that. Whatever you want to call it, though, it was nevertheless an overly optimistic hippie dream state. Bad acid trips, however, occurred whenever such chemical inducements took helpless participants down darkened corridors and into blackened rooms of doom. (Or so I am told.) Bad Acid Trip is probably the Woodstock’s Nation’s worst nightmare, since “Lynch The Weirdo” feels a little like being hurled down into the depths of Dante’s “Inferno.”

On one track, called “Bad Acid Trip,” the group asks: “What the f*** is happening/To the world in which we live/We’re speeding toward oblivion/Have we nothing left to give?” Whereas Joni Mitchell tried to get the world back to the garden – wherever or whatever that was -- these musicians aren’t sure if such a place of beauty even exists. To invert a popular catch phrase, “it’s all bad” in Bad Acid Trip’s world.

Rather than the ingested acid that enlivens the senses, this album is filled instead with that same-named chemical, which burns right through the skin. The sound created here falls somewhere among the genres of speed metal, punk and thrash, with more than just a touch of Marilyn Manson’s creepiness thrown in for good measure. Vocalist Dirk can be heard screaming one minute, than half-talking horrifically in Vincent Price-like fashion the next. The songs are primarily minor key ruminations on the lowest gore of life. Titles like “Kill Or Be Killed,” “Strange Love” and “Zombie Nation” just about say it all. This album includes both the trip and the fall, my friends.

Certainly, much of this work is shock simply for the shock value of it. But at the same time, the listener gets the underlying feeling that these B-movie pranksters really care about the problems of the world. Bad Acid Trip won’t, of course, be singing The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” any time soon, mind you. But clearly this band wishes life could at least be a little better.

But just as we learned from the ‘60s, it’s going to take more than just better drugs to make this world a better place. Bad Acid Trip chronicles the journey of the damned.

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