Acrimony

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Acrimony
Origin Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Genres Stoner metal, doom metal
Years active 1991–1999
Labels Godhead Records, Game Two Records, Peaceville Records, Leaf Hound Records, Shiver Records<music for nations>
Associated acts Iron Monkey, Black Eye Riot, Dukes Of Nothing, Helvis, Lifer, Sigiryia
Website Official website
Members Dorian "Dexter" Walters
Stuart O'Hara
Matthew Lee "Roy" Davies
Darren Ivey
Paul "Mead" Bidmead
Past members David "Dai" Jones

Acrimony was a British stoner metal band who were active during the 1990s. Releasing their debut album in 1994, they are regarded as the pioneers of stoner metal in the United Kingdom, and an important influence upon the scene.[1][2] Although the band never achieved mainstream success, during their career they received much critical acclaim – they were nominated for the Kerrang! Best Newcomer award and earned top review ratings.[3][4] Acrimony have maintained a cult following in the British metal scene, their records reportedly selling for vast sums as collectors items.[5] Allmusic described their musical style as "typical mid-'90s stoner rock" that "combined Black Sabbath's heavy metal riffery, Hawkwind's space rock excursions, and Blue Cheer's fuzzed-out psychedelic feedback with extreme doses of volume .... particularly reminiscent of desert metal gods Kyuss."

Present day[edit]

Since their split in 2001, Stu O'Hara went on to play guitar in Iron Monkey before the outfit disbanded, then he went on to form the Dukes Of Nothing with other ex-Iron Monkey members and members of Orange Goblin. Lee 'Roy' went on to form Swansea-based crust/trampcore, power violence six-piece Black Eye Riot along with Stu and Dorian. Darren and Mead formed The 9ine and Mead has his own trance project Yeti. As of 2008, Stu, Mead, Darren and Dorian have re-grouped and are currently writing tracks, although they're reported to be "different" to Acrimony. They are currently reformed with the new name Sigiriya. Lee 'Roy' Davies now plays in heavy merchants LIFER.

Band members[edit]

  • Dorian "Dexter" Walters – vocals
  • Stuart O'Hara – guitar
  • Matthew Lee "Roy" Davies – guitar
  • Paul "Mead" Bidmead – bass
  • Darren Ivey – drums

Former members

  • David "Dai" Jones - Bass

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label Notes
1994 Hymns To The Stone Godhead Records Debut album
1997 Tumuli Shroomaroom Peaceville Records Reissued in 2007 on Leaf Hound Records
2007 Bong On - Live Long! Leaf Hound Records Compilation album

EPs and Singles[edit]

Year Title Label Notes
1992 A Sombre Thought None EP, self-released
1993 Solstice Sadness Shiver Records EP
1995 The Acid Elephant Godhead Records EP, later included on Bong On - Live Long!
1996 Motherslug Game Two Records Split-single with Iron Rainbow
2003 Acrimony/Church of Misery Game Two Records Split-EP with Church of Misery, later included on Bong On - Live Long!

Compilation appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Wales. "BBC Wales – Acrimony". BBC Wales. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-12-10. "Acrimony were formed in Swansea in 1991 and were arch exponents of the stoner/metal/psych crossover..." 
  2. ^ Leafhound Records. "Leafhound Records – Acrimony biography". Leafhound Records. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-10. "[Acrimony were] among the first exponents of the UK stoner scene…" 
  3. ^ BBC Wales. "BBC Wales – Acrimony". BBC Wales. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-12-10. "Their second album Tumuli Shroomaroom was critically acclaimed, scooping the top mark five-Ks review in Kerrang! magazine. They were nominated for the Kerrang! Best Newcomer award in 1996." 
  4. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "Allmusic – Acrimony biography". AMG. Retrieved 2007-12-10. "[Acrimony] duly earned a perfect five "K's" from British metal bible Kerrrang! magazine." 
  5. ^ Leafhound Records. "Leafhound Records". Leafhound Records. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-10. "...originals have become collectors items, changing hands on Ebay for phenomenal sums." 

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