Long Island chaotic hardcore vets Dr. Acula are reunited and gearing up for their first tour in 10 years, and now they've announced their first new album in 10 years, which is self-titled and due October 28 via Silent Pendulum Records (pre-order). The album was engineered by Anthony Lopardo, mixed and mastered by Moon Tooth drummer Ray Marte, and features guest vocals on closing track "The Barking Ghost" by Kyle Medina of Bodysnatcher. Speaking about the new material, bassist Rob Guarino says:
To put it frankly, this chapter of Dr. Acula is a 'party's over' vibe. When we started over 15 years ago, it was all fun and games. We weren’t really paying attention. Now we've grown, our fans have grown, and there’s a conversation to be had. Life isn’t great for most people these days and we wanted to write something that could touch on that. Those are the songs that move us personally and we wanted to challenge ourselves to make that for someone else.
The album's overarching theme is that of being stuck on a loop. A loop where shit keeps going wrong. Even if you see it coming, you may not be able to fix it because it’s out of your hands. The horror theme of the song titles ties into how terrifying life can be.