E. McEneaney | Los Angeles, CA United States | 08/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Again and again, I keep putting this CD on after years of having it. It's the only VAC record that can hold it's weight. Reason for this being it's the most imaginative and diverse. Plus it's always great to put on a CD and not have to skip any tracks- just run it from 1-12 and that's it. I would recommend this to anyone, not just electronic music fans. You might notice that other VAC works are littered with over-sampling and cheesy lyrics. Anyway, get Church of Acid, the import version (with Futile and Disflux) and you'll be a happy camper. Highlights are LKATMF's, WHTSWHTK, Futile, Sex Disease, PainP.S.- If you can get your hands on Neuralblastoma, buy that, as it is in the similiar vein of material, but with a bit more guitar and hard driven beats."
Wandering into Experimental Divisions of Darkwave/Industrial
jon kirsch | Ohio | 06/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Out of this band's other Cds, this perhaps is the most interesting because of it's massive style of diversity. Like industrial? What kind? This cd has almost all genres covered within the industrial/darkwave community. It has guitar, the techno beat, distorted vocals, a depressing mood of music, and overall, great songs. This cd is for many, but not all. It's obvious that this CD would be one of the best of this band's work, considering the songs came off of there unreleased projects before hand. If you are or want to become a VAC fan, this cd is number one."
M. Randall | Allen Park, MI | 09/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is definitley different then VAC's more recent releases... but i like this CD alot. it's not really a album, but more less the best of 2 older cds that were never officially released. my fav track is Hullucinagene. this cd is more of a industrial work then the newer, more dance driven vac."
I Never Wanted to Be Around You + Your False Romantic State
TastyBabySyndrome | "Daddy Dagon's Daycare" - Proud Sponsor of the Lit | 02/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When Velvet Acid Christ pumps into my bloodstream, I still get a jolt because they were something shocking when they began circulating and I like that. They don't come across as a band that overtly mourns itself without lashing out, and they don't come across with some cuddly little voxed message wrapped in their EBM. They're actually one of the more "in your face" ideologists when it comes to spitting in the eyes of people limping around in this broken playpen we call democracy with their blinders on, and they do it with a "maybe I should kill you" attached to so many of the statements. The works take time to spit in the face of blind youth-culture that flocks to clubs while ignoring the world around them, in the face of governments that bind our hands and lie to us, and it seethes. And I like seething.
Church of Acid is an album with all the trimming that VAC listeners should enjoy. In fact, I'd say that a few things are different in it than other (later) VAC albums because the vocals aren't always voxed and that lets emotion come out in different fashions, but the formula still stays the same. Humanity, the notion, is a disease and one that could be flushed down its own cosmetically-corrupted toilet, and that the world is diseased and rotting as well. The album starts out with that socially viable message, with the "Hell One" introduction pointing a finger and with "did you ever f---ing care? Liar!" and letting the album drift from there. "Let's kill all these m-therf---ers" is a nice example of political landscaping, touting how we're "killing everything in the name of democracy," and a lovely reaction to governmental exploitation in a nice "get the f--k out of my face, I'll kill you in a second." Mmmm. It also has a catchy beat, and that's delicious. Skippy around, I'm partial to "Hallucinagene" because it is murder personified (graphic rejection of love via a 12 gauge shotgun), "Dead Flesh" because it speaks on the hypocrisy of people and their nearsightedness when it comes to "saving animals" versus "social show-n-tell," and I like the way "fade Away" leaves us with a little "life is no fantasy there, no dream" flavor.
If you aren't familiar with VAC, this isn't "love songs" volume one and it doesn't paint a happy place for your mind to run to. The earlier works are more about pain and lashing out at the world, about falling from the hands of drugs after 14 days and just wanting to kill or sleep, and it's done in rather flavorful fashions. It has an electronic beat that ripples in the mind, sometimes darkwave and sometimes composed to a more melodic hue, but its always stark and cold. Like an operating table, it rebuilds. "