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General information
origin Swansea , Wales
Genre (s) Stoner Doom
founding 1991
resolution 2001
Last occupation
Darren Ivey
Stuart O'Hara
Electric guitar
Lee Davies
Dorian Walters
Paul Bidmead
former members
Electric bass
David Jones

Acrimony was a British stoner-doom band from Swansea that was formed in 1991 and broke up in 2001.


The band was formed in 1991 and consisted of singer Dorian Walters, guitarists Stuart O'Hara and Lee Davies, bassist Paul "Mead" Bidmead and drummer Darren Ivey. After releasing a few demos and the single Solstice Sadness on the Belgian label Shiver Records , the group signed a contract with Godhead Records , which in 1994 released the debut album Hymns to the Stone . The album was produced by Tortoise Corpse member Tim Hammill . After the release, the band went on tour with the Scottish group In Extremis. The Acid Elephant EP joined the same labelon. After switching to Peaceville Records , the second album was released in 1996 under the name Tumuli Shroomaroom . The album was recorded by Andy Sneap in the Square Center in Nottingham and mixed by Dave Chang . Acrimony coverte the songs Oh baby of the status quo and Exploitation of Doom for the Peaceville Records sampler X . However, due to poor album sales, the label separated from the band. In 1996, Game Two Records released a split together with Iron Rainbow. The band's last recordings from 1999 appeared as a split release with Church of Misery in 2004 on Game Two Records. The compilation Bong On - Live Long! Was released via Leab Hound Records in April 2007 . . The band broke up in 2001. In their career the group has played with Count Raven , Solstice and Carcass , among others . Later four of the five members formed the band Sigiriya .


Eduardo Rivadavia from Allmusic assigned the band to Stoner Rock and wrote that the band follows in the footsteps of Kyuss . The riffs are reminiscent of Black Sabbath and space rock influences from Hawkwind and fuzz effects such as Blue Cheer can be heard. assigned the band to Doom Metal of the 1970s. Martin Popoff wrote in his book The Collector's Guide of Heavy Metal Volume 3: The Nineties about The Acid Elephant EP that the group sounds similar to Cathedral and Black Sabbath. The drumming sounds like Bill Ward's . The singing is not a growling , but rather singing clearly , which reminded him of Saint Vitus and The Obsessed . The Ultimate Hard Rock Guide Vol I - Europe wrote that the band processed not only doom metal but also light hardcore punk influences. Michael Lorant from Metal Hammer attested the band a strong influence of the Black Sabbath album Master of Reality in his review of Hymns to the Stone . Without this album, Acrimony would not have been able to exist in this form, although Hymns to the Stone is more a further development of the sound than a reconstruction. In his review to Robert Müller of the same magazine noted The Acid Elephant EP a similarity to Black Sabbath, the music nor by "some wah -, Phaser and retro shock loops -" had been enriched. Henning Richter, also from Metal Hammer , noticed at Tumuli Shroomaroom that the band used the same riff for minutes. The music reminded him of the worse works of Saint Vitus and The Obsessed. He also noticed influences from Black Sabbath, which had been processed with Hawkwind influences. Dorian Walters stated in an interview with Markus Müller from Rock Hard that most of the songs on Hymns to the Stone are about drug use . Müller could already suspect this from the psychedelic album presentation and the illustration of mushrooms on it . According to Walters, the songs are particularly about "being stoned and taking trips, expanding consciousness, dreaming and immersing yourself in another world". However, you can't compare the band to psychedelic rock bands like Hawkwind or Ozric Tentacles , because you don't repeat riffs that often and you fix yourself more on the groove . The music is also not pure Doom Metal, but only borrows a few elements from this style. He himself described the music as heavy rock . The members were influenced by bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden . Müller found that Acrimony sounds closest to Kyuss. According to Walters, the band is also a big influence on Acrimony.


  • 1993: A Sombre Thought (demo, self-published)
  • 1993: Advance 7 "Tracks (demo, self-publication)
  • 1993: Solstice Sadness (single, Shiver Records )
  • 1994: Hymns to the Stone (album, Godhead Records )
  • 1995: The Acid Elephant EP (EP, Godhead Records)
  • 1996: Acrimony / Iron Rainbow (Split with Iron Rainbow, Game Two Records )
  • 1997: Tumuli Shroomaroom (album, Peaceville Records )
  • 2003: Acrimony / Church of Misery (Split with Church of Misery , Game Two Records)
  • 2007: Bong On - Live Long! (Compilation, Leaf Hound Records )

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Eduardo Rivadavia: Acrimony. Allmusic , accessed January 25, 2015 .
  2. a b c d e Biography. (No longer available online.), archived from the original on September 24, 2015 ; Retrieved January 25, 2015 .
  3. ^ Acrimony / Iron Rainbow - Mother Slug / The Castle. Discogs , accessed January 25, 2015 .
  4. BIOGRAPHY., archived from the original on December 15, 2007 ; Retrieved January 25, 2015 .
  5. a b Markus Müller: Doom 95 . Brain stoned - implanted groove machine? In: Rock Hard . No. 95 , April 1995, pp. 136 f .
  6. ^ Pim Blankenstein: Sigiriya., accessed on January 25, 2015 .
  7. Martin Popoff : The Collector's Guide of Heavy Metal Volume 3: The Nineties . Collectors Guide Ltd, Burlington, Ontario, Canada 2007, ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9 , pp. 10 .
  8. ^ Garry Sharpe-Young , Horst Odermatt & Friends: The Ultimate Hard Rock Guide Vol I - Europe . Bang Your Head Enterprises Ltd, 1997, p. 14 .
  9. Michael Lorant: Acrimony . Hymns to the Stone. In: Metal Hammer . January 1995, p. 51 .
  10. Robert Müller: Acrimony . The acid elephant. In: Metal Hammer . December 1995, p. 39 .
  11. Henning Richter: Acrimony . Tumuli Shroomaroom. In: Metal Hammer . July 1997, p. 47 .